Relationship Education and Therapeutic Group Work frequently focuses on developing communication and conflict management skills. As Group Facilitators we often have 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.

Exploring 'soul wounds' and 'emotional allergies', together with calibrating our 'Language of Apology' can bring about powerful changes in group participants' lives. This in turn has a tremendous flow on effect in the way they relate to their loved ones. New directions in therapeutic/educative groupwork can facilitate this change by enabling couples to learn an experiential process of forgiveness. The above concepts are presented to Group Facilitators, so that they in turn can offer this input with empowering exercises in their own groups. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Recognise the relevance and importance of restorative relationship work in group practice.
  • Understand why "sorry" often inflames rather than resolves the issue.
  • 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 five 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.
Suitable for: This workshop is a meaningful and personally enriching one suitable for group work facilitators, counsellors, teachers, health workers, team leaders or anyone working with people!
When: Friday 20th April 2018 from 9.30am to 4.30pm   
Where: CatholicCare Training Room, Mary Potter Building, 2C West St, (corner Thomas St), Lewisham NSW 
Cost: $210.00 (IGL members) or $260.00 (non IGL members) - (GST is not applicable). Morning tea and lunch is provided. Please email if you have any special dietary requirements.  
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.

A Certificate of Attendance will be provided to participants for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

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. Heather was Clinical Co-ordinator for Relationships Australia, Illawarra for 8 years, where she led the Counselling and Relationship Education teams, and was involved with training, supervision, groupwork, creative seminars and the media. 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 has been leading "Marriage Getaways" in Australia, Uganda, South Africa, India and Sri Lanka for over 30 years. They are Chair Couple and Trainer Couple for Better Marriages Australia. In her 'spare' time Heather enjoys long distance cycling, sustained by dark chocolate!


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