An experienced and dynamic facilitator, my expertise is developing and facilitating experiential workshops geared at promoting mental health and well-being, and enhancing self and interpersonal awareness.
Interpersonal Communication And Relationship Skills
How we communicate interpersonally is core to all our interactions and can have a significant impact on our well-being and the well-being of our relationships, be they professional or personal.
The overarching objective of my programs is to help participants become more self aware and to equip them with some tools to help manage their actions and reactions. They will become more aware of the interplay between their thoughts, feelings and actions. They will learn how to shift their perspective so that they are not locked into one limiting way of perceiving things. They will learn skills for coping with stressful situations and managing conflict. They will become more aware and effective in their interactions.
I offer a variety of workshops that address these critical skills that range in duration from 1-3 hours, a full day, or a 12-30 hour series. Typically my workshops are interactive, experiential, fun, yet deeply mindful at the same time, allowing for learning to be more profound and more available.
Programs for the General Public
Please contact me to be placed on a waiting list for the next program, and check this site periodically for updates.
Groups and Organizations
I will work with you to tailor the program to your needs. I am currently particularly interested in bringing this skill training into the schools – for teachers and educational personnel, for parents, and for students. I welcome your inquiries!
I am currently offering a 30 hour training on the Safe and Effective Use of Self in therapy. Please see this page for details.
Sample Workshops (1-3 hours)
1. Stress and communication:
When we’re under stress it’s easy to communicate in less than optimal ways (which can often leave us feeling ineffective and bad about ourselves or each other). It becomes easy for misunderstandings to happen or for conflict to ensue or escalate.
In this presentation we will look at:
- 3 components critical for effective communication
- 4 typical communication styles that surface under stress
- a simple yet effective strategy for ensuring that communication occurs in such a way that we feel mutually seen and heard
This is an interactive, engaging presentation – you can except to have some fun in the process!
2. The 8 ingredients of an interaction:
There is a lot more going on in the split second of an interaction than is obvious. Learn about the six internal processes that take place between taking in a message and responding. This framework is very useful for understanding how to have greater choice and resourcefulness in our actions and reactions.
3. The impact of interpretations:
We are constantly making interpretations of what others say and do and our interpretations have a lot of power. Typically we don’t take the time to consider alternative interpretations. In this session we will focus on the impact of interpretations on our interactions and on how we feel about ourselves and each other, and we will practice the art of reframing and clarifying meaning. It is not as simple as it seems. Becoming skilled at reframing is a critical tool for circumventing or managing conflict, as well as managing the self-talk that builds anxiety. It also promotes creative thinking and problem solving.