The REST Approach Self-Guided Workshop
What is the REST Approach Self-Guided Workshop?
The REST Approach Self-Guided Workshop is an intensive and interactive scripture-based psychoeducational program aimed at helping individuals process and heal from psychological distress including anxiety, depression and other symptoms of complex trauma. This workshop includes a 116 slide presentation that has been voiced over to walk individuals through the REST Approach process. Participants will need to purchase The REST Approach workbook on Amazon. The workbook goes hand in hand with the workshop content.
Through this workshop, participants are introduced to a variety of evidence-based psychosomatic treatment interventions such as diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, guided imagery, prayer-based emotional freedom tapping (EFT), somatic soothing and the "mindfulness what and how skills" of dialectical behavioral therapy. In addition, narrative and cognitive-behavioral therapeutic techniques are incorporated to help participants process their thoughts and feelings related to self-awareness and God-awareness (SAGA).
The four components of the REST Approach are embedded in the scripture of Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Rest implies release - letting go. Letting go of tension in our bodies by learning to pause and relax. Letting go of tension in our minds by learning to focus on the things we have control over instead of the things we don’t. Rest also implies a divine exchange. Exchanging your worries for God’s peace. Exchanging your bitterness for God’s love. Exchanging your thoughts for God’s promises.
The REST Approach follows the mnemonic, R - E -S -T.
- Rest & Repent “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
- Embrace “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart”
- Settle “and you will find rest for your souls.
Trust & Testify “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”