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Education is an important emphasis of my practice.  I have conducted seminars and workshops in schools, churches, hospitals, industrial facilities, business offices, and to informal groups in social settings.  The most frequently requested presentations are listed below; additional topics are available or can be developed upon request.  Timeframes for existing topics may be adjustable according to need and request.  The Upcoming Events page of this site includes information on public workshops and seminars that are scheduled in the near future. 
 
This page last updated on: 01/03/15
 

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“Grief: What All Mourners Need to Know.”  The process of grief, especially for someone experiencing their first or most significant loss, is bewildering, agonizing, and often fraught with self-doubt.  Our society neither understands nor supports healthy mourning, which makes a painful time even worse.  The process can be made a bit easier (but not easy) by understanding the nature of grief and what to expect.  We discuss the realities of grief and mourning, as well as the most effective strategies for getting through it in one piece.  This material can be covered in one hour, with more time allotted as desired to allow for discussion.  

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“Internet Dating Basics for Women” is a 90-minute overview of the unique world of on-line dating, including its benefits, its drawbacks, and strategies for using it most effectively.  This is must-have information for those considering internet dating for the first time, but will also help veterans of this world to get more out of their future experience. 

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“Living Better, Stressing Less.”  It requires personal determination and choice to maintain a healthy life in today’s chaotic, fast-paced world, and this workshop is meant to empower participants to do so more effectively.  Educational discussion and small-group exercises help participants to see what they need to do more of (and what they need to do less of) to maintain their lives at the highest quality possible.  Participants will learn:

  • How to assess their current risk of stress-related illness, and how to dramatically reduce that risk.
  • Specific self-management and self-care practices to maintain maximum emotional balance and personal effectiveness.  
  • How to create a life experience that is more diverse and satisfying for both body and spirit.

This material is best presented in a two-hour format, but can be reduced to 90 minutes if necessary.  It is most effective in groups composed of individuals who are comfortable conversing with one another in a no-pressure atmosphere of curious exploration.

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"Overcoming Overeating: Finding Peace with Food."  This new (2015) two-hour seminar explores why we can’t resist overeating even as we hate ourselves for doing it, and how this results from our natural drives colliding with our unnatural living circumstances.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the fundamental realities which few of us recognize but which are the keys to finally creating a life of consistency and sanity with food.  Much of this information has not been available to the community until now, so even if you’ve heard the speaker before, it’s worth a return trip.  This material is well-suited to large groups and is particularly useful in conjunction with workplace wellness programming; it can be presented on multiple days to fit lunch schedules if necessary.  

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“Managing Holiday Food” is most useful when presented in October or November, before holiday food shopping and planning is seriously underway.  It is structured to help participants challenge their thinking about how food, fun, bonding and celebration intertwine, and to set the stage for maximizing the enjoyment of all of these factors with choices that cause no regrets after the parties are over.  This is a fast-paced experience involving lecture, discussion, and short written exercises (no personal disclosure required) that will leave participants better prepared to navigate holiday food challenges than ever before.  This two-hour workshop is particularly useful in conjunction with workplace wellness programming, and is well-suited to large groups; it can be presented on multiple days to fit lunch schedules if necessary.   

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“Managing Time in a High-Speed World."  Time management was supposed to be an obsolete need by now, what with all the technological advances that make our lives easier.  Our progress however, has actually given us many more ways to use up our time, along with a helpless sense that it is passing by at a frightening pace.  Getting time back under control requires some basic strategies and life choices which are explored in this one-hour seminar. 

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"Nutritional Information for Regular People" was developed to address the confusion that most people now have about how to achieve healthy nutrition. We'll look at how it got this confusing, and how current food marketing practices add to the problem. Participants will learn simple, straight-forward strategies to get the most nutrition and enjoyment out of their hard-earned food dollars. This seminar can be conducted in a 30-60 minute timeframe, depending on the level of group discussion and interaction that is desired.  

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“Relationships 101 for Women.”  Most of us want that special someone with whom to share a loving relationship, yet many of us repeatedly end up in one painful experience after another instead.  In this two-hour seminar, we will look at the common mistakes that women everywhere seem to be making as they search for a loving life partner, and the misguided beliefs that keep so many stuck in losing at love. 

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“The Ten Biggest Mistakes Most Overeaters Make.”  This presentation is a half-hour introduction to the topic of chronic overeating and the patterns that predictably lead overeaters into failure after failure as they struggle to find balance with food.  Some of the material will be familiar, while some almost certainly will not – all of it will position participants to begin making more effective choices that keep them satisfied and healthy. 

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"When a Relationship Hurts Your Heart" addresses relationships in which one feels frequently hurt, misunderstood, blamed, and/or rejected by a loved one, whether it be in an intimate relationship, a family relationship, a friendship, or any other connection that feels important.  We look at the relational dynamic which may be responsible for these painful experiences, and what needs to happen in order to get this kind of relationship back on track.  This two-hour seminar is available to any community group (formal or informal) at no charge. 

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"Why You Should Never Diet Again: The Basics of Painless, Reliable Weight Management."  This 45-60 minute seminar reveals how commonly-accepted weight management “wisdom” has actually created the obesity epidemic we have today.  Participants will learn what it takes to end the dieting forever and establish a peaceful, rewarding relationship with food once and for all.  It is possible to enjoy food more than ever before, while maximizing health and ending yo-yo weight patterns; no one should settle for less. 

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