Seminars

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I have delivered many seminars for groups and companies over the years. I can work with you on developing a customized seminar with your group or company’s name using PowerPoint slides. Brief descriptions of my seminars are listed below.

Couple Therapy Using EFT, Emotionally Focused Therapy Dr. Susan Johnson has created the best and most lasting couple therapy approach. It is structured in steps and stages so the therapist has a real road map on how to help couples. Studies on couples after only a few sessions show that 70-75% of couples shift from distress to recovery, and that 90% of couples measured after EFT couple therapy show positive effects that last for years. In this seminar you learn about why EFT is so effective, the steps and stages of EFT, and the key strategies used by the EFT Therapist. EFT helps not only the couple strengthen their bond by helping them to be each other’s safe haven but it is also useful in improving parenting.

Stress Management We all know people who seem to be relaxed and confident even when dealing with stressful situations. Don’t you wonder how you can be better able to stay calm and clear-headed no matter what? Consider how much time we waste when we ‘lose it’ or how embarrassed we feel when we can’t deal with a situation effectively. This seminar gives you exercises to use to calm yourself. Some of them take only a few minutes. The seminar also looks at your lifestyle and what you need to focus on in order to live a more balanced life or take better care of yourself. By using techniques to destress, you increase your chances of being calm, thoughtful, and confident.

Caregiving for Family Members with Chronic Illnesses The growing elderly population, the use of life extending medical interventions, and shorter hospital stays mean that most of us who are working will be caring for an ill or elderly family member at some point in our adult life. About 23% of American households are caring for someone over the age of 50 and that percentage is expected to grow to one-third. How do you prepare for the challenges of working and providing care? What resources do you need and how do you find them? This seminar gives you overview of the main areas of care you will need to consider and direction in how to access care for a loved one who needs extra help. Whether you live with the person or not, there are steps you can take to help that loved one maintain a quality life and protect your quality of life as well.

Mediation Couples turn to mediation as a more flexible, respectful, and practical way to deal with divorce, custody, pre-nuptial agreements, and separation. In this one hour seminar, you will learn the major points you need to know about mediation; how it works as well as why it is less expensive, more effective in dealing with change, and leaves families in a much better place to move on with their lives. This seminar is co-taught with New York attorney Jane Freidson, who has over 30 years of litigation experience with 15 years of practicing family law. Together we will answer any questions you have about mediation.

Increasing Your Financial Intelligence – We are all having to adapt to a changing financial world. Concerns about layoffs, the price of gas, and disappearing pension funds are making us wonder how we can pay our bills now and save for our own and our family’s future. This seminar covers the basics on managing your money and educating you about IRAs, 529s, debt, power of attorney, and no-load funds so you can have more control and make better decisions with your money. Based on the best selling book, The Nine Steps to Financial Freedom by Suze Orman, this seminar touches on your attitude and approach to money and provides practical advice that is not biased by a broker’s need to steer you towards investments that may not be in your best interest.

Developing Resilience – Some people get through disrupting events gaining strengths along the way while others become stuck or overwhelmed. Why do some people navigate change and set-backs much better than others? With this seminar, we examine the strengths that resilient people use to cope, and at times, thrive on life challenges. You will benefit from research by Al Siebert, PhD, on survivors of wars, disabilities, abuse, illnesses, and job loss. You will take his resiliency quiz and reflect on your life. You will leave with a better understanding on how to build on your own resilience.

Retirement Seminar Many of us think that the biggest adjustment in life is starting a career, getting married, or having our first child. You may be surprised to know that 41% of retirees reported that retirement was a difficult adjustment (The New Retire-mentality by Mitch Anthony). That percentage is higher than those who said that marriage or having a first child was a difficult adjustment. This seminar addresses what most financial planning seminars don’t address: the psychological adjustment, changes in relationships, and planning for use of time. In the seminar you will be busy with exercises and discussions to get you thinking and planning for one of the biggest transitions you’ll make in life.

Effective Communication Whom do you admire? When we think of people or leaders we admire, they are people who tend to be effective communicators in every situation. They keep their cool and give thoughtful responses to questions and challenging situations. In this seminar you will learn how to be a more effective communicator by learning what works and what doesn’t work. You will take a short questionnaire to determine your communication style, learn listening techniques as well as ways to assert yourself without making others defensive. We also discuss appropriate use of e-mail and when a face-to-face meeting is better. You will walk away with practical tips that are easy to use in difficult situations.

Dealing with Difficult People Changing others may be impossible, but changing our response to someone else is possible. If not in our immediate family, at some point we all have to deal with difficult personality types—the one who explodes over little things, the one who knows it all, or the person who never talks. In this training, based on the popular book Coping With Difficult People by Robert M. Bramson, Ph.D., you will learn the main types of difficult people and strategies for dealing with them. You will also gain tips on how to self-sooth, and to think things through when you feel challenged so you can respond in a thoughtful, self-assured way.

Balancing Work and Family The challenge for most working adults now is how to balance work with a personal life. Working parents often feel they are cutting corners at both ends and feel guilty no matter where their focus is at the moment. This seminar will help you look at all the major areas of your life and consider your balance. Using practical tips recommended by experts such as Peter Fraenkel, Ph.D., of the Ackerman Institute for The Family, the seminar gives you ways to manage your time better and take care of yourself so you can be there for others in your life. Having points of connection, family routines and rituals, and ways to decompress can go a long way in managing the demands better.

Living A Meaningful Life Living with a strong sense of purpose allows people to weather stress better and live longer. Some of us find meaning with spiritual pursuits, being involved with family members, or having an engaging career. How can you live a more meaningful life now? What interests, dreams, or strengths do you need to access? What risks do you need to take? Based on the amazing life story of surviving the concentration camps at Auschwitz and lessons from Victor Frankl’s book Man’s Search For Meaning, the training will help you consider your life purpose and legacy. This seminar is an opportunity to pause and reflect on your life.

Here is some feedback on recent seminars:

  • She was able to draw the group into total participation.
  • She made it totally entertaining.
  • She has made the program interesting and enjoyable.
  • The presentation was very well done and thorough.
  • Carolyn was very organized and at ease speaking with us.
  • The verbal presentation was excellent and the slides were very informative.
  • Additional comments: used humor to talk about the issues; well organized and good presentation skills; clear speaker and very informative; got everyone involved by asking us many questions; very friendly and open; captured the attention of the group; presented good ideas; shares personal experiences; good slides to accompany the presentation; made you think; material was presented in an interesting as well as informative manner; good pace to presentation; very cordial manner; gave examples to reinforce points she was making.