WORKSHOPS and RETREATS
for COUPLES, SINGLES, INDIVIDUALS and GROUPS
on the POTENTIAL IN HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS
~ Individual therapy, emotionally focused couples work and mediation also available. ~
OUR WORK, OUR RELATIONSHIPS
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UNDERSTANDING RELATIONSHIPS - THE ESSENTIALS THE PATH of ALIVENESS
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Let's be honest. We ALL need help with our relationship at some time.
Relationship Now's ongoing core workshop is offered to singles, couples, individuals and groups. This workshop covers the essentials:
~ how to increase empathy and understanding
~how to open the heart
~how to decrease conflict and misunderstanding.
Very specific suggestions and exercises will be presented, helping participants learn how to better nurture and understand one another, how and why problems arise in relationships, and how to work through disagreements. Communication skills will be a strong component. The class will be primarily educational and will be friendly, non-threatening and interesting. Members need only participate verbally to the extent they wish.
This workshop is offered in Santa Rosa both as a one-day Saturday workshop from 9:00 - 4:00 at a cost of $125 per person, and also on six Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00, usually in my comfortable office, at a cost of $10 for the first introductory class and $160 per person for the rest of the classes.
If you wish to reserve a place in the next workshop or would like more information, please contact my office at 707-544-1436 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUTLINE OF CORE CLASS
This is meant to be a rough outline of the material that we will cover both in the one day class and in the six evening series. The one day class will cover the material in less depth. Classes will be flexible and will address specific issues with practical solutions as they arise.
In each class, exercises and handouts will be given. Members need only participate verbally to the degree they feel comfortable. No one will be put on the spot.
The different stages of a relationship (the honeymoon stage through the conflict stage to the communion stage). The indicators of what makes for a successful relationship (friendship, attention, empathy) and how to practice each. The three main problem areas that we will work on: criticism, stonewalling, and defensiveness.
Cutting through the arguments. How to rewrite our core conflict script. The different types of arguments and how to work with each type and how to improve communication skills.
Why the difficulties in our relationship can be positive, helping us to heal unfinished business and opening us to new areas of personal growth.
Know your partner's inner world, enhance your empathy and understanding.
Taking responsibility for our experience. Being each other's teacher. How to ask for what you want in a way that brings success.
Reserved for specific areas of interest that need to be addressed in more depth.
OTHER WORKSHOPS and GROUPS
Specialty ongoing and repeating workshops and groups also offered in:
~ RELATIONSHIP as a SPIRITUAL PATH ~
~ EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS for COUPLES and/or ORGANIZATIONS ~
~ The UNIQUE WORK of MEN ~
(Call 707-544-1436 for more information)
Bruce Fortin, J.D. M.A. is a licensed marriage family therapist (lic.# 325598) with over twenty years of experience specializing in relationship counseling. He has been an adjunct professor at Sonoma State and is a skilled workshop and retreat leader. He has a private consulting and therapy practice in which he sees individuals and couples, and he also teaches meditation. His approach to therapy is eclectic, drawing from most of the major schools of relationship theory.
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