THE 14 TOPICS
There are fourteen mini-workshops, which teach relationship skills. They continually recycle and participants can come in at anytime. Each topic has two unhealthy extremes, the solution is: The Third Option.
The topics are:
- Building a Climate of Respect
Respect means how we treat each other. Granting each other our rights regardless of how we feel.
- Ending the Blame Game
“My RESPONSE is my RESPONS-ibility”
- Understanding Expectations
Unfulfilled Expectations feels like rejection
- Redefining the Power Struggle
Battlegrounds may vary from finances, sex or children, but the issue is power. Get on the same team.
- Coping with Control Issues
“Who or what is driving my life?
- Listening Beyond the Words
“Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable” – Augsburger
- Appreciating Personality Differences
There is no such thing as a good or bad personality trait.
- Recognizing Childhood and Emotional Baggage
We all have “emotional baggage” and “unfinished business” from childhood.
- Handling Anger Constructively
Angry feelings are OK….. Angry behavior may not be!
- Speaking the Truth in Love
I am responsible for my half of the dialogue.
- Conflict Resolution
Learning how to fight fair.
- Breaking the Hurt Spiral
Feelings are OK and important but we cannot base our behavior on them.
- Forgiveness and Repair
Forgiveness is not a quick and easy act, it’s a process.
- Rebuilding Trust
There are many levels of trust and it takes a long time to build. Rebuilding trust takes even longer.