Strengthening Loving Relationships
What you'll learn
- "See" others for who they are and be willing to accept them prior to forming a relationship.
- Recognize that two people may be at two different places in their capacity to give and receive love. Understand that this is not necessarily a "bad" thing - but that a loving relationship may be more challenging.
- Learn how to enhance your relationships through improving: Communication, Reflective Listening, Emotional Intimacy, Trust, Expectations and Forgiveness
- Understand how to get over an individual who is NOT committed to the relationship; The classic "friends with benefits," except only one party is truly benefiting.
- Many of these techniques/lessons/approaches can be applied to workplace relationships.
- There is nothing that you need to bring, except an open mind and a desire to make your relationships "Bloom!"
This course, Strengthening Loving Relationships, is ideal for individuals who are interested in interpersonal relationships, successful communication and family dynamics. It is intended for all ages and backgrounds, and especially for those who want to enhance their relationship with their spouse/partner, children, parents, family, friends and co-workers. Its content will enhance personal and professional/business relationships because of its strong focus on communication skills. It also has the potential to improve workplace morale and productivity.
The course is essential to your personal relationships and your lifestyle because many people tend to subconsciously sabotage relationships and sometimes engage in dysfunctional patterns. Often, this behavior is based on a lack of the necessary skills to realize that learning "how to relate and/or love" is a life-long process. This course will help you become aware of the 7 SKILLS in developing loving relationships throughout your life. Each skill-set is presented in individual lectures, PowerPoint videos and personal assessment hand-outs.
- REFLECTIVE LISTENING
- EMOTIONAL INTIMACY
- EXPECTATIONS AND BOUNDARIES
- PERSONAL ACTION PLAN
This is THE COURSE for those who need to improve communication, strengthen relationships and enhance their ability to have better interpersonal relationships. This skill development will enhance self-esteem and be transformational. It also will empower you by giving you skills that you can teach others.
The course consists of the main video, and in the RESOURCES section, there is a PowerPoint video with follow-up and additional information, as well a hand-out in PDF format. Overall, it is presented in a fun, informative, personal format. The approximate time for the entire course is over 2 hours.
Who this course is for:
- This is a course for EVERYONE! By "Strengthening Your Relationships," both personal and socially, your overall mental health will improve and your life may even have fewer challenges!
Dr. Darlene Powell Garlington is a licensed clinical psychologist, certified school psychologist, and media psychologist. She is also a well-known author of eleven books published by Simon & Schuster, William Morrow, John Wiley and self-published. Her books focus primarily on building resiliency, holistic health, parenting, family dynamics, multiculturalism, co-parenting, male-female relationships and diversity.
Dr. Darlene was born and raised on Long Island, New York where she obtained her Master's degree in Applied Behavioral Psychology (Adelphi University - Garden City, NY), a second Master's and a Ph.D. in Clinical School Psychology (Hofstra University - Hempstead, NY). Her passion regarding children's racial identity led to the subject for her doctoral dissertation. She developed a replication and intervention focused on the famous doll study conducted by Drs. Kenneth and Mamie Clark and used in the landmark case, Brown vs. The Board of Education, which ended school desegregation. When she presented her results at the American Psychological Association in 1989, the Associated Press picked it up and an article appeared on the front page of the New York Times, and was covered in the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, Cosmopolitan and Ebony, as well as numerous other newspapers and magazines. This coverage served as a springboard for Dr. Darlene's career. She became a consultant for Mattel Toys, Nickelodeon and Disney, and made frequent appearances on television talk shows such as Good Morning America, 20/20, The Today Show, Montel Williams, The Bill Cunningham Show, Anderson Cooper, Geraldo Live, and Judge Hatchett. She continues to appear in the media as an expert on personal relationships, individual/family resiliency, and diversity.
Dr. Darlene has been in private practice for nearly 30 years. Her practice, Dr. Darlene, provides supportive therapy for individuals, couples, children, youth and families. Her overall mission is to “empower others to become more self-actualized and to lead fulfilling lives.” She specializes in treating Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, vicarious PTSD, depression, suicidality and anxiety disorders. Dr. Darlene is also recognized as a clinical expert in the reintegration of military personnel back into family and community, as well as helping the family with deployment cycle adjustments. She recently completed a 5-year position as a Consultant for the Department of Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. Additionally, she has been an associate professor at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, and an adjunct professor at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Dr. Darlene also consults for universities, Fortune 500 companies, community action agencies, hospitals, schools and child guidance clinics. Her many workshops, which focus on topics such as Building Resiliency, Anxiety, Depression, Holistic Health, ADHD, PTSD, Assertiveness, Bereavement, Women's Empowerment and Couples Counseling, are comprehensive, easy to understand and very well attended.
Dr. Darlene believes that as spiritual human beings, everyone is on this life journey to discover and actualize their purpose and passion. This applies to family life, community and the work environment. Dr. Darlene has endured difficult times in her private life, much like many of us, and was sorely tested when she went through a very traumatic experience that threatened to destroy her family. Although Dr. Darlene shares parts of this very personal story throughout her part memoir, part self-help book, "Blooming Again - Weathering Personal Storms and Growing Resilient Families," demonstrating how her family's resiliency was tested and strengthened through this very challenging time, her new book, "Dr. Darlene's Guide to 'Bloom Again' - Strengthening Your Body, Mind & Spirit," provides the reader with basic steps to building their own resilience while living a healthy, fulfilled, purposeful life.