Empathy and Multiple Approaches to Skilled Dialogues: Applications to Cultural Polarity

April 6, 2019 2:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Presenters: Mary Ortwein, M.S., LMFT and Joan Liversidge, M.S. LCMFT

Saturaday, April 6, 2:00 – 5:15 p.m. 3 CE Credits

During this follow up workshop, Mary Ortwein, M.S., LMFT and Joan Liversidge, M.S., LCMFT, will apply empathy and skilled dialogue models to situations of family, political, and cultural polarity. Several “new” programs similar to RE that work to diminish polarities will be reviewed, then compared and contrasted with Relationship Enhancement. These will include such programs as Nonviolent Communication, Compassionate Listening, and Better Angels, as well as more general applications in Pope Francis’ concept of Encounter. Both presenters have used the basic RE model, supplemented by faith material, in settings of social, religious, and family polarity. These experiences will provide a basis for group discussion of issues present in using RE skills where people do not share family bonds. The workshop will conclude with participant practice at using RE dialogues to discuss contemporary polarizing issues, selecting topics currently in the news.

Workshop Objectives: Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

  1. Compare newer models for skilled dialogues with the Relationship Enhancement model for skilled dialogue
  2. Describe how to use RE methods to dialogue about a current event topic that often leads to polarity
  3. Name one way they can use the concepts of this workshop in their current therapy practice

Mary Ortwein, M.S., LMFT, is the mostly retired founder of IDEALS for Families and Communities in Frankfort, Kentucky. Co-author with Bernard Guerney of several Relationship Enhancement® publications, she is also the author of Mastering the Magic of Play: A Training Manual in Filial Family Therapy for Parents. A NIRE-certified supervisor and trainer in many Relationship Enhancement® methods, Mary continues to do professional and participant workshops across the country. Her current empathy writing project is a book for volunteers who visit the Carebound and their families within the Catholic Church.

Joan Liversidge, M.S., LCMFT, has been practicing as a Marriage and Family Therapist in a variety of settings since receiving her training from the University of Maryland in 1982 in the Department of Family and Community Development. Since the early 90’s she began including Relationship Enhancement® in her work as a therapist, trainer, administrator, program developer, manager and consultant.  Most recently she has been involved with applying dialogue skills with individuals and groups in faith based and community groups experiencing differences and conflict.

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