Freedom through Forgiveness (August 2019) - Kiama, NSW

Date: 15-Aug-2019

Provided after registration, Kiama NSW - Thursday & Friday, 15th-16th August 2019 from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Relationship Education and Therapeutic Group Work frequently focuses on developing communication and conflict management skills. But as Group Facilitators, we have often had limited training to enable participants to experience healing in their ongoing relationships, when core attitudes and actions of their loved ones cut into their souls and deeply wound them.

This workshop is a meaningful and personally enriching one, created for YOU, the Facilitator! Heather will guide you on your own personal exploratory journey so that by the end of the 2-days you will be equipped to utilise these powerful exercises with your group work participants.

Two concepts will be discussed to help us discover where our hurts may be coming from. "Soul Wounds" are a way to describe how situations hook into childhood scars or beliefs and we will look at these intense, often unexpected and idiosyncratic reactions in terms of "Emotional Allergies".

Forgiveness and making sincere apologies are essential ingredients in intimate, casual and professional relationships. ‘Sorry’ certainly DOES seem to be the hardest word!  But often the "sorry" seems to inflame rather than resolve the issue.  A major reason is that we are speaking an apology language that does not seem genuine or sufficient to the offended party. These five Languages of Apology - Expressing Regret, Accepting Responsibility, Making Restitution, Genuine repentance and Requesting forgiveness will be explored and experimented with. Participants will have the opportunity to discover their Language of Apology and work out ways of calibrating their apology so that it is effectively received.

To fully experience the power of genuine apology and forgiveness, a plan and process of forgiveness will be presented to enable those hard, ongoing conflicts and deep hurts to be finally put to rest.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  •  appreciate the relevance and importance of restorative relationship work in group practice.

  • understand some theoretical underpinnings and research from leaders in this field (e.g. Gary Chapman and John Gottman's work).

  • utilise powerful healing exercises for themselves and their group participants regarding soul wounds and emotional allergies.

  • identify and utilise the 5 key Languages of Apology.

  • increase awareness and develop strategies for enabling people to be constructive with themselves and each other when their core attitudes collide.

  • develop a plan and process of forgiveness that enables growth and healing within oneself and within close relationships.

When:  Thursday & Friday, 15th-16th August from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Where: Provided after registration, Kiama NSW

Cost: The early bird booking is $484.00 (GST included). Morning tea and lunch are provided.

To register:
Register and complete payment below. A Tax Invoice will be emailed to you. The payment needs to be completed before the workshop occurs, for the registration to be fully confirmed.

Facilitator: Heather McAlpine

Heather is a Trainer and Supervisor of Relationship Educators and Counsellors, and a Couples and Family Therapist in private practice, Kiama. She is also a Consultant in Team Building, Conflict and Stress Management  and Personality style  for Government, NGO's and private organisations. For 8 years, Heather worked as Clinical Coordinator for Relationships Australia, Illawarra where she led the Couples Therapy team, and Relationship Education team, and was involved with training, supervision, creative seminars and the media.  In 2001, Heather was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study Marriage and Family Education in the UK and US.  She is a public speaker and popular presenter on topics such as 'Hot Monogamy,' "Do You Wanna Make Up?"  and 'Leaping Relationship Hurdles'. Together with her husband, John, she is the Chaircouple and Trainer Couple of Better Marriages Australia, and has been leading "Marriage Getaways" and Parenting Programs in Australia, Uganda , South Africa and India for over 27 years. In her 'spare' time Heather enjoys long distance cycling, sustained by dark chocolate!

Feedback from previous workshops

We collect feedback from participants at the conclusion of each workshop we facilitate. You can find summary data on our feedback page. Some of the feedback collected from 32 participants between 2017 and 2018 in Heather McAlpine's Freedom through Forgiveness workshop includes:

"Heather works so hard to include and validate individual participant's experiences/comments/goals. Her flexibility and compassion is very much appreciated."

"Heather is an excellent presenter. She makes everybody feel at ease with her empathetic accommodation of everyone and where each participant may be at in their life's journey."



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