NOTE *January workshop, Communicating Effectively, date changed to January 11th.*
Envision holds several workshops throughout the year. The workshops provide a safe environment for individuals to come together, connect with one another, and learn to communicate and assert themselves more effectively. Envision’s most popular workshops are Creating Healthy Boundaries and Assertiveness Training.
Boundaries are clearly defined limits within which you are free to be yourself with no restrictions placed on you by others, as to how to think, feel, or act. Establishing boundaries is essential to creating and maintaining mental, physical and spiritual health. Participants will learn how boundaries influence our relationships and ways to set boundaries in an assertive way. Additionally, participants will explore the negative effects of not setting limits and the benefits to be gained by protecting personal boundaries.
Boundary violations can be both obvious and not easily seen. If you have ever walked away from a conversation, meeting or event and felt confused and were not quite sure why, your boundaries were probably violated. This workshop can help you recognize boundary violations and be able to set healthy boundaries. Participants will investigate these issues and be given coping tools and techniques that enable them to develop good boundaries that can promote healthier, happier lifestyles.
Here are a few more examples of available workshops:
Healthy Expressions of Anger
– Participants learn to explore anger issues, relate and recognize anger as a healthy emotion, feel angry without feeling guilty, learn to identify feelings and behaviours that may contribute to anger and communicate more effectively.
Stress and Relaxation
– Participants learn relaxation techniques and ways to identifying and reduce stress. Usually combined with handling stress around the holidays.
Feel the Fear and Do it anyway
– Based on the book of the same name by author Susan Jeffers. Participants will look at worry and fear that keep them from living their lives to the fullest.
Being assertive is an important communication skill which can reduce your levels of depression and anxiety and improve your self esteem. Assertiveness is a communication style that helps people to express their feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and opinions in an open manner that doesn’t violate the rights of others. Other communication styles you may have heard of include being aggressive, which is a style that violates the rights of others, and being passive where we violate our own rights. You have probably also heard of passive-aggressive. This is where someone is essentially being aggressive but in a passive or indirect way. Participants will learn to identify each of these communication styles as well as practice their newly acquired assertiveness tools in a supportive setting.
Assertiveness training was developed for people who want to say “no” without feeling guilty and want to be able to express their feelings to others. Participants will learn new assertive techniques to use when standing up for their rights, expressing their views, and communicating more effectively with family, friends and authority figures. This workshop allows participants to learn to communicate in both personal and business relationships; this creates a positive impact on others as well as themselves. Assertive communication creates opportunities for open discussion with a variety of opinions, needs and choices to be respectfully heard and considered in order to achieve a win-win solution to problems.
Workshops are free of charge and participants must be over the age of 18. Participants must pre-register. This can be done by phoning the Envision office. Workshops usually fill up quickly so we encourage you to register early. The pre-registration deadline is usually a week before the date of the workshop. Please check back regularly for dates and information about upcoming workshops.
If you would like to be notified of upcoming workshops, please contact us!