Life Enrichment Events

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Our workshops are offered for the educational benefit of your community — congregations, clergy, and other organizations. Topics address the concerns and interests of modern life, with its complex challenges, and any of these workshops can be tailored to fit the needs of your group.

Catalog of Available Workshops

1-2-3 Magic

Do you find yourself embarrassed by your child’s obnoxious behavior? Frustrated by his or her taking forever to finish a task or not taking the initiative to do the task at all? This seminar will introduce participants to the interventions taught in 1-2-3 Magic. This parenting book by Thomas Phelan…

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Addictions: Chemical “Highs” vs. Natural and Spiritual “Highs”

This is a drug and alcohol prevention conference targeted to church leaders, teens and parents. It contains strong emphasis in the clinical aspects and negative effects of substance abuse. Special emphasis on marijuana and methamphetamines. It explains an innovative way to deal with substance abuse prevention. It helps to prevent…

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ADHD: What Good is it?

Reframing perspectives is a broadly accepted strategy that affects our thinking and helps us cope. Living with ADHD can be such a negative script, and looking at the alternative thoughts lined up with the characteristics will give us hope and help us breathe in the midst of these unique challenges.…

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Before Marriage: A Marital Preparation Group

Group interactions focus on the skills that predict successful marriages. One additional private couple session will guide couples to apply this strength-based approach to their specific circumstances. The PREPARE relationship inventory will be utilized. Topics include: communication skills, conflict resolution, bringing our family heritage into our marriage, playing to our…

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Before Saying I Do: Prepare for Marriage

Each couple takes an inventory that reveals good information and offers insight into their relationships. This group follows the Prepare and Enrich program, developed material to enhance a relationship in the area of their strengths and explores areas that can benefit from growth. Length: Four 1 1/2 hour sessions or…

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Caregiving: Preparing for Aging

Most families meet the major life changes of graduations, weddings, and births with planning and flexibility. Preparing for the changes we meet in the aging process, however, is often not on our radar screens. How will we know when our parents or grandparents need help managing their lives? This workshop…

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Connections: Understanding and Healing Shame

It has been said that "vulnerability is about showing up and being seen." (Brene Brown) This is a 10-12 week intense group workshop that invites participants to explore how the courage to be vulnerable can transform the way we live and love. CONNECTIONS is a transformative group experience based on…

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De-Stress the Holidays

De-stress the Holidays by taking a look at stress and how it affects the body. Explore new ways to manage it through prayer and meditation. This includes an opportunity to experience an exercise in visualization. Also, take a look at family dynamics and consider some ways to survive family relationships.…

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Eating Disorder Prevention

This presentation will help participants gain an understanding of body image issues and concerns that affect school age children. This seminar also proves to dispel certain myths surrounding eating disorders, as well as providing tools to identify signs and symptoms of eating disorders in youths. This talk can be catered…

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Eating Disorders Overview

Participants in this workshop will gain a general understanding if diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders, verbal and nonverbal indicators in recognizing eating disorders, your role in a “treatment team”, session strategies for clients who have struggled with eating disorders in the past as well as those that have just…

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Enter the Realm of the Unknown

The grief experience in the critical stages can feel unreal and people may think they are “going crazy”. Grief is so common it can catch us unaware by its intensity and power to change the life we know and the world we live in. Learning through education and developing coping…

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Fact vs. Fiction: Ethical and Clinical Issues in Providing Treatment to Tennessee’s Hispanic Clients

This seminar will address the unique issues encountered when working with these populations in Tennessee and will provide practical, hands-on skills. We will focus on an intergenerational and intercultural approach when working with Latino clients in our community. Inherent to this process is identifying the acculturation stage in which a…

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Fireproof Your Marriage

A marriage enrichment group based on the movie, Fireproof. This study utilizes video clips from Fireproof along with the study of key scripture passages to stimulate small group discussion as well as individual and couple devotionals. Topics covered in the course include: appreciating the differences between spouses, loving our spouse…

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Getting the Love You Want

Based on the national bestseller by Dr. Harville Hendrix, this seminar explores the unconscious dynamics which complicate our love relationships. Participants will learn how romantic attraction is based, in part, on unmet childhood needs. As we bring these needs to consciousness and share them with our spouse/partner, a door opens…

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Helping Others in a Healthy Way

This workshop explores common mistakes in boundaries, problematic leadership styles, and co-dependent relationships in the family, church, and work environments. Role playing and other techniques will be used to show how to correct these problems. Length: 2-3 hours Size Limit: 30 people or 12 couples Facilitator: Eduardo A. Lelli, M.C.,…

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Introduction to Feminist Therapy

This workshop provides an introduction to feminism and explores feminist therapy interventions. An emphasis is placed on the core questions and assumptions of feminism, which undergird the therapeutic interventions. Material draws upon intersectional feminist theory (considering gender and gender expression, race, religion, ability, class, sexual orientation, etc.) and the writings…

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Jesus and Buddha: Interfaith Dialogue

This workshop places into conversation the spiritual traditions that emerged from the teachings of Jesus and from the Buddha: Christianity and Buddhism. An emphasis is placed on the ways in which comparative exploration can enrich our experience of our own faith traditions, and also that of our clients. Material draws…

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Pre-marital Counseling in Hendersonville

This is provided for couples or groups seeking a strong foundation for marriage. An online survey is offered for participants to prepare for the sessions. Couples will: Identify strength and growth areas Explore personality traits Strengthen communication skills Resolve conflicts and reduce stress Compare family backgrounds Comfortably discuss financial issues…

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Six percent (6%) of the U.S. population, an estimated 10 million Americans, suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Another 14% suffer from a lesser form of seasonal affective disorder known as the “Winter Blues.” What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? What can family and friends do for someone suffering from Seasonal Affective…

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Self Critic or Self Esteemed?

We can be our own worst enemy when it comes to criticism. Some understand this as a necessary evil and are motivated by these internal messages. However, our self esteem can be shredded by our expectations and self perceptions. This workshop is a brief consideration of the self critic and…

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Self-Discovery Journal/Poetry Classes

Everyone has a story. In these mutually supportive group experiences using poetry as a catalyst to conversation, writing, and self-discovery, people will recognize themselves—who they are, how they got there, and who they want to be. While this is not therapy, the outcomes are often therapeutic. Carol is a graduate…

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Successful Marriage

What constitutes a “successful marriage”? In four one-hour long presentations Dr. Wascovich answers the question from the perspectives of two leading marriage experts: Dr. Harville Hendrix and Dr. John Gottmann. The presentations are composed of lecture, videos, couples exercises and discussion. Length: Four 1-hour sessions Size Limit: Unlimited Facilitator: Craig…

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The Language of Love: Is it Spoken in our Marriages?

Referred to by lay persons and professionals alike, this group follows Dr. Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages. This is an opportunity to take the inventory and explore what it means to speak the language your partner understands. We will also discuss the effects of ignoring these communication mile markers…

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Working with LGBTQIA+ Clients and Parishioners

This workshop explores considerations for working with clients and/or parishioners in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and asexual communities. An emphasis is placed on terminology, ethical and theological considerations, and best practices. Material draws upon research, competency standards from various professional counseling organizations, and the facilitator's personal and professional experience…

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