Experts Dr. Amy Sapola and Dr. Cecile Brennan will be in Lakeside to give lectures in Orchestra Hall during “Wellness for Our Times” Week Chautauqua Lecture Series from July 25-28. Sapola will speak Monday at 3:30 p.m. and Brennan will give a lecture both Tuesday and Wednesday and two more Thursday.
Sapola is passionate about helping people achieve radiant health through reconnecting with their own intuition, nature and deep nourishment, as well as working on public health issues related to the social determinants of health, soil health and planetary health. Sapola is a Certified Wellness Coach, Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP) and Doctor of Pharmacy with a B.S. in nutrition. She has also completed a two-year fellowship with honors in integrative medicine from the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM). She is the Director of Farmacy at The Chef ’s Garden and works to help guide consumers toward a mindful relationship with food by connecting the benefits of healthy soil, to healthy plants, and ultimately, to healthy people. As a mother of two young children, master gardener, passionate cook and long-time yogi, Sapola follows an integrative approach to health and wellness personally and professionally.
Brennan is a licensed professional clinical counselor with a supervisory designation, a counselor educator and a clinician in private practice. Her first lecture, “What Does It Mean to Be ‘Well’” is Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. This presentation will begin with a holistic concept of wellness that takes into account physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellness. A brief description of each component of wellness will be presented, and participants will become acquainted with some of the recent research into what constitutes wellness.
This introduction to wellness will be followed by a more in-depth description of some of the major components of physical wellness: eating, sleeping, exercising and attention to body “history.” Participants will be encouraged to assess their own physical habits and determine what is working and what would benefit from a change of habit.
As with all the lectures, the goal is for participants to have ample time to ask questions in order to fully engage with the material being presented. While each lecture focuses on an adult audience, the differences in wellness goals throughout the lifespan will be mentioned.
At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, “Emotional & Social Wellness” focuses on emotional balance and social support. This lecture will review what an emotionally balanced and socially connected life looks like and what can interfere with emotional and social wellness.
Participants will be encouraged to consider their current life practices, as well as their emotional and social history in order to create a plan to enhance their own emotional and social wellness.
“Spiritual Wellness” will be discussed Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Given our thinking minds, human beings have a need for spiritual meaning in their lives. This is true even for individuals who may not affiliate with a specific religious/spiritual tradition. Recent research into wellness has emphasized this point by presenting clear evidence that people without a “meaning-making system” are at higher risk for physical and emotional disturbances. In this presentation, components of spiritual wellness will be reviewed and participants will be encouraged to assess their own spiritual wellness.
Brennan’s final presentation of the week is “Creating a Personalized Wellness Plan” Thursday at 3:30 p.m. This culminating workshop will provide participants time to work individually and in small groups to create a person-alized wellness plan. The workshop will be actively facil-itated by the presenter in order to as-sist participants in the creation of the plan. The goal is to have participants leave the workshop optimistic and energized about their ability to shape a healthier, happier and more socially connected life.
Brennan is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling at John Carroll University. During her time at John Carroll, she was the first chair of the newly established Department of Counseling, developed a certificate program in Spiritual Wellness & Counseling and helped establish the substance-use disorder concentration and certificate program.In addition to her work with John Carroll University, Brennan is an employee assistance counselor at Moore Counseling & Mediation Services. She meets with clients individually and presents webinars and in-person work-shops.
Brennan also has extensive experience in the field of education. She has worked with children from elementa-ry school through high school as both an educator and a counselor. This depth of experience has led her to present professional development workshops for teachers, school counselors and administrators.Brennan’s primary areas of scholarly inquiry are coun-seling ethics, the interface of spirituality and counseling, the socio-cultural context of mental dysfunction and wellness and mental health. Brennan is active in a num-ber of professional organizations and regularly presents at local, state and national counseling conferences. In addition, she has written a number of scholarly articles and book chapters.