Healthy Relationships – The Most Important Subject We Never Learned in School
Presenter: Heather Thompson, Ph.D., LCSW
Date: Saturday Oct. 21, 2017, from 9am to 12pm – Boca Raton campus in SO111
As human beings, we are designed to form relationships with others throughout our lives. While individuals go through school to learn about other subjects such as reading, writing, science and mathematics, rarely are individuals taught the basics of developing and maintaining intimate relationships. As a result, often times individuals struggle significant in the area of decision making of entering into intimate relationships, but also struggle to maintain those relationships. This workshop will focus on understanding the importance of relationships in individuals’ lives, but also describe specific skills for decision-making in relationships and specific strategies for maintaining positive communication within.
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
-Understand the importance and pervasiveness of relationships using
a systems theory lens.
-Identify essential components of healthy relationships and
common tasks or challenges that all relationships must overcome.
-Utilize evidence-based techniques and understand research
that is associated with resolving conflict and maintaining
Heather Thompson, PhD, LCSW is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at FAU, where she teaches advance clinical practice courses working with children, adolescents and families. Dr. Thompson is a licensed clinical social worker, and also has a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a qualified supervisor for registered interns for social work and marriage and family therapy. She previously served on the board for the Tallahassee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She has presented research findings, which focus on relational protective factors at local, state and national conferences as well as published in peer-reviewed journals.
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