The Figure It In DOT (Deepen. Orient. Transform.) model is the rebranded version of the previous Empowerment Model, which was originally called Returning to Compassion. Here's a bit more explanation.
2015-2017: The original website and model was created to recognize and honor a relationship polarity and connection tool developed to support young people in making meaningful connections with each other and the adults that were trying to support them. As popularity of the model has grown, it has also evolved new layers and a new name.
2018-2019: The Returning to Compassion model was renamed the Figure It In Empowerment modelafter multiple suggestions that businesses and corporations would benefit from this model if customized and rebranded to reflect more of the cognitive frame and the result that comes from practicing it (i.e., people describe feeling empowered!). 2019-Present: As we are working to reach businesses and offer a layer of this model that is business friendly, the DOT (Deepen. Orient. Transform.) Model as a non-genderized model name has tested better than the Empowerment Model. Some have hypothesized that this is due to the word empowerment sounding too feminist. For those who get to know the model well, you'll realize that feminine and masculine are polarized identities and this model is about reaching and developing both roles equally. We hope this is the final incarnation of name for the model and will never say forever as we are always looking for new layers and better ways to communicate its' message.
History of the Model
This model is a standalone teachable template that invites each of us when we are feeling trapped or frozen to come back to our sense of connection to each other and ourselves. It is designed so that we learn how to re-center without anything on the outside changing to fit our needs. It is a re-orienting “compass” that identifies polarizing relationships and where one fits in those polarities. Using a catchy visual and simple recipe for each polarity/archetype we embody in negative interactions, it teaches us how to get back to the humanness of heart and reconnect to those around us in a meaningful way.
Used with a variety of populations, this model can be helpful in working with any kind of relationship to support a new understanding of when we are caught in compassion-fatigue cycles instead of inspiring connections. As everyone remembers their curiosity, more positive effects are evident around us, within our own reactive patterns, and in the group dynamics of the our family, friendship, and professional circles. The model reminds us of the positive effects we are all having on each other and ourselves.
About the Author
Ruth Diazsupports individuals and groups as a strength’s based Gestalt therapist and organizational consultant in Portland, Oregon. She is a licensed therapist and completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Pacific University where she pursued special projects and research on organizational development, healthcare technology, and re-defining disability. One of Ruth’s passions has been working with non-profit organizations in realizing their potential. The Inner Yaga foundation, Stand for Courage, and the Decision Education foundation are just a few groups who have enlisted Ruth’s advice on the many interpersonal layers and processes that create a happy, functioning, and purposeful workplace. Ruth is also described by some as an interpersonal and community-focused clinician, shaman, colleague, and friend.
Ruth has worked with a diverse array of populations including groups and individuals with SPMI who were inpatient at a state hospital, individuals and families with comorbidities of medical and mental illness at The Pocatello Family Medicine Clinic, including supporting interdisciplinary treatment teams for high risk populations (e.g., chronic pain, HIV, etc.). She has experience teaching and coaching in complex trauma, health psychology, HIV and chronic illness, Gestalt Therapy, crisis calls, and organizational consulting. Ruth is now in full time private practice and continues to develop and train others to use and teach the returning to compassion model through community, academic, and professional venues. Ruth is available for counseling, consultation, and/or speaking/teaching events by using the form below. (If you are looking for a public speaking/workshop event, please be sure to include the dates you are interested in Ruth attending and the best way to contact you.)
The Figure It In Team
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