Communication is an under-valued focus in counselling and as a coping strategy. The reality is communication is the single most important factor in forming secure attachment, bolstering self-esteem and self-efficacy, maintaining mental health, and determining the effectiveness of one’s functioning in the world. This workshop will provide a typology of communication and examine the deep structure including family of origin influences that give rise to one’s default communication posture. We will explore how to change communication postures for ourselves and with our clients.
This experiential exploration of communication will not only be of benefit to participants personally, but to counsellors working with individual clients, couples/parents and families. It will add an interpersonal, relational dimension to a predominantly intra-psychic focus on cognitions and emotions in mobilizing change.
About the Facilitator
Bonnie Lee, MSW (RSW), PhD, is a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Registered Social Worker. She is an Associate Professor and researcher in Addictions Counselling at the University of Lethbridge.
A trainer and speaker in Canada and internationally, her articles on couple treatment outcomes, training evaluation, trauma and addiction, and a conceptual relational framework for addiction and mental health were published in peer reviewed international journals. To access her articles, go to: https://www.uleth.ca/dspace/handle/10133/546
Communication and Its Deep Structure:
An Experiential Approach
December 7 & 8, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday)
Time: 9-4:30 p.m.
Martha Retreat Centre
1130 Scenic Drive South
Registration Deadline: $310 BEFORE November 9, 2019; $330 thereafter.
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