Awe and Gratitude for Healing, Renewal, and Social Action Online Training

Awe-Gratitude-Graphic-FinalLearn how awe and gratitude can be utilized to facilitate healing, renewal, and transformation toward positive personal and social action in this online, one-day program.

We will examine the science behind how multifaceted layers of awe and gratitude can help make us more resilient to stress, depression, and anxiety, help us resolve conflict more positively and quickly, strengthen the nervous system, and change our primary relationships for the better.

This experiential program aims to retrain each of us to take in the beauty around us, and create space for sustainable renewal. We will learn techniques for managing cycles of rupture and repair in order to build more resilient and robust primary relationships. We will also focus on the importance of connection to our bodies and nature in healing ourselves, and our communities.

Trainees will come away with tools for personal and professional use in clinical, community, and educational settings.

Interested in a sneak peek? Take a quick gratitude break with instructor, Bonnie Harnden, MA, RDT, and read her piece, "Simple Life Tricks for Awe & Gratitude," on our blog.


Sunday, February 13, 2022


9:00 am to 3:30 pm Pacific Time



Add CEs for this program.


Bonnie Harnden, MA, RDT, with graduate student assistance from:
Julia Griffiths
Aprajita Saxena
Mariah Blaine-Longo
Emilie Cormier
Laurence Gagnon
Irina Polak Veronneau
Rosy Kuftedjian


This is an interactive, online program through Zoom. A welcome email, which includes the link to join the training, will be sent to you in advance of the program.

additional information:

Bonnie Harnden, MA, RDT, is a drama therapist, psychoanalyst, couples and family therapist, and Associate Professor in Concordia University’s Creative Arts Therapies Department, where she is the Option Coordinator for the Drama Therapy Program. She has developed and is coordinating a new Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy. Her previous work focused on the effects of trauma and its impact on development in children and adults. Her current work focuses on factors that support the resolution of trauma and that create resilience. Bonnie was the recipient of the 2019 Concordia President’s Excellence in Teaching award. She was awarded the 2017 Research Award from the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) for her play and film You Arrive (in production), based on her therapeutic work and research with suicidal youth at Montreal Children’s Hospital. In 2018 she was awarded the NADTA Teaching Excellence Award.
This course meets the qualifications for 5.5 hours of continuing education (CE) credit for psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs, LEPs, LPCCs, and RNs. CEs can be requested during the registration process for an additional $30.

UCLArts & Healing is approved by the California Psychological Association (CPA) and the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). UCLArts & Healing maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP17630, for 8 contact hours.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend this workshop in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credit.


learning objectives for ces:

  1. State one way that feelings of awe and gratitude can help us transcend stress or counteract post-traumatic stress disorder.

  2. Describe at least one activity that can help us tap into feelings of awe and gratitude.

  3. Name one research finding on the relational benefits of maintaining a sense of awe and/or gratitude.

  4. Describe one study of the power of awe and/or gratitude to prevent depression and/or anxiety.

  5. State how awe and/or gratitude strengthens our nervous system.

  6. Describe an activity that enhances our mindfulness towards beauty.

  7. Explain one technique for managing the cycle of rupture and repair.

  8. Describe one way to connect with our bodies and/or nature to facilitate healing in ourselves or our communities.

We believe transforming lives through creative expression should be financially accessible. Please reach out to us at for scholarship and payment plan information.
We encourage you to wear comfy clothes and give yourself safe space for movement. Additionally, we welcome you to listen to the following podcast where Bonnie Harnden discusses introductory concepts on awe & gratitude: The Psychology of Climate Change. Please bring the following items:

  • A writing utensil

  • Colored pencils, markers or pens

  • 2-4 objects from nature (e.g., a stone, a leaf, a shell, a piece of wood, etc.)

  • Any important objects you interact with on a daily basis (e.g., phone, watch, jewelry, etc.)

  • Tape or glue

This is a online program through Zoom. If you are new to this platform, watch a how-to tutorial here.
A welcome email, which includes the link to join the training, will be sent to you in advance of the program date.
In order to keep our programs affordable yet self-sustaining, we regret that we are unable to offer refunds for cancellation; however, we are happy to provide you with credit good for one year from the date of the program toward the next offering of the same program or a different one. Credit applied toward a program with higher registration fees will require payment of the balance. In addition, credit may be applied toward purchase of curriculum materials for any program. Unused fees after one year would then be tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law because no goods or services would have been received for them.
By registering, you give UCLArts & Healing approval to record this event, still and/or moving images from which may appear in printed materials or digital channels for archival, educational, or promotional purposes.

Note that Zoom breakout rooms are not recorded.
For more information, and for any questions, please email or call us at (310) 452-1439.