RELATIONSHIP WORKSHOP SESSIONS

Online and In-Person Relationship Workshop Offerings

Led by internationally-recognized healthy relationship and domestic violence expert, Jessica Yaffa, these relationship workshop programs are designed to help individuals and couples improve their relationships and connect from an authentic, compassionate place. In addition, Ms. Yaffa offers relationship abuse and domestic violence workshops aimed toward increasing awareness surrounding abuse and supporting survivors.

Below is just a sample of the many workshops offered. To inquire about upcoming session dates, be added to the registration list, or to organize a custom workshop in your area, please email us.

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    6-WEEK ONLINE WORKSHOP

    RELATIONSHIP WORKSHOP FOR COUPLES

    Whether you are facing challenges surrounding trust, communication, vulnerability or goal-setting, this 6-week online course offers participants an opportunity to come together in a safe and supportive environment while having the ability to address specific concerns. Jessica provides tangible tools related to improving communication, breaking down barriers, accessing vulnerability and sustaining connection. Limited to five couples per session.

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    6-WEEK ONLINE WORKSHOP

    BREAKING THE PATTERN OF UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

    Many of us find ourselves moving from one unsatisfying or unhealthy relationship to the next, often wondering why it is that we continue to experience toxicity, lack of availability, discontentment and the absence of healthy connection. In this 6-week online session Jessica offers participants an opportunity to explore their beliefs surrounding worth, value and roles within the context of relationships which often subconsciously contributes to the people we are drawn to. As we shift in our beliefs related to what we deserve (or don’t for that matter) as well as shedding old “baggage” we are able to step into that which we desire.

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    8-WEEK ONLINE WORKSHOP

    WORKSHOP FOR SURVIVORS OF RELATIONSHIP ABUSE

    This workshop offers survivors an opportunity to come together in a safe, compassionate and supportive environment in order to address issues surrounding shame, guilt, doubt, grief and the complexities that exist specific to having experienced abuse in a relationship. Jessica also provides participants with opportunities for self-reflection, building of worth, exploring boundaries and preparing for healthy connection.

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    THE ABC’S OF HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS (ONLINE/IN-PERSON)

    A WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS OF TEENS

    Being a parent of a teen is tough. Add romantic relationships to the mix and it gets even tougher. If you’re feeling confused about how to best help your teen navigate relationships at this stage in life, this workshop is for you. Led by relationship experts Jessica Yaffa, and Karolyn Johnson, MFT, this workshop will teach you:

    • How to start the conversation about healthy relationships
    • Tips for helping your teen develop a sense of self-worth
    • How to help your teen define and assert their boundaries in a relationship
    • How to recognize the sometimes subtle signs that a teen is in an abusive relationship
    • How to intervene with compassion and respect if you notice warning signs that your teen is in relationship trouble

    Now is the perfect time to get the tools you need, so you can give your teen the tools they need.

    Online and in-person sessions available.

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    TEENS, TECHNOLOGY, AND RELATIONSHIPS (ONLINE/IN-PERSON)

    KEEPING TEENS SAFE IN A TECHNOLOGICAL WORLD

    Whether you are a parent, youth group leader, advocate, teen therapist, teacher, or concerned community member, this workshop will provide education, conversation and the opportunity to feel better equipped to keep our youth informed and feeling safe in a world where technology changes the game.

    In this workshop, you will learn:

    • The components of healthy teen relationships
    • Examine the role that ever-changing technology plays in healthy and unhealthy teen relationships
    • Look at how technology has changed the ways teens look at what’s “normal” regarding safety, boundaries, and control
    • How to spot relationship warning signs specifically related to technology (social media, texting, etc.)
    • How to create safe spaces for assessment and dialogue
    • Available resources if you suspect a teen is in trouble

    Led by relationship expert, Jessica Yaffa. Online and in-person sessions available.

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    HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS 101 (ONLINE/IN-PERSON)

    RELATIONSHIP WORKSHOP FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS AND STAFF

    With nearly half (43%) of dating college women reporting that they are/have experienced violent and abusive dating behaviors it is imperative that both staff and students are provided the opportunity to address the challenges attached to young adult relationships.

    Equally important is our acknowledgment of the complexities of relationships as they pertain to campus-life, such as substance use, technology, relational experimentation, and well as being away from home.

    In this workshop led by renowned relationship expert, Jessica Yaffa, you will learn:

    • The components of healthy/unhealthy relationships
    • How to foster and maintain a sense of self-worth
    • How to define and assert boundaries as a young adult
    • Finding safety when home is so far away
    • The tie between substance use and assault
    • The role of technology in relationships and how to maintain a sense of individuality
    • Safety in relational experimentation
    • Warning signs of a harmful relationship
    • How to assess for, and respond to, relationship abuse
    • How to create a safe space for dialogue
    • Resources for creating and maintaining healthy relationships

    Online and in-person sessions available.

  • UNDER THE SCOPE: IPV (ONLINE/IN-PERSON)

    THE LINK BETWEEN SUBSTANCE USE AND INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE (IPV)

    It is no secret that there is a direct correlation between substance use and relationship trauma. Whether we are looking at substance misuse as a coping mechanism for dealing with the trauma that has been experienced, or how the use of substances influences our acting out in relationship, it is equally important that we as parents, treatment providers, and the general public have an understanding of the cross-over. Our team is passionate about sharing this unique perspective, while also equipping the community with appropriate assessment tools, resources, and response protocol for those experiencing this co-existing dynamic.

    Online and in-person options available.

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    THE CONTINUUM OF RELATIONSHIPS (ONLINE/IN-PERSON)

    IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS OF UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

    Most of us think about relationship violence as involving some form of physical lashing out, however, there is nothing further from the truth. Millions of men and women experience a continuum of relationship abuse each year, including what may seem to be “low level” abuse. Without the knowledge or language of all that constitutes this epidemic, we are often left without the competence to assess and address these issues competently. In this workshop, Jessica and her team educate participants surrounding the continuum of relationship violence, including less-obvious warning signs, assessment language, and resources appropriate to the individual’s experience.

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    HELP ME, HELP HER (ONLINE/IN-PERSON)

    A WORKSHOP FOR PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE SUPPORTING SURVIVORS

    A presentation based on her guide book, Help Me, Help Her: A Guide to Treating Survivors of Domestic Violence.  Ms. Yaffa begins with sharing her story as a survivor of extreme domestic violence, as well as rape and then walks participants through the stages of healing; focusing on what was/wasn’t helpful along the way. Then a discussion surrounding the work she has done with thousands of survivors, utilizing information from hundreds of support groups, book interviews, and crisis interventions in order to guide the professional into appropriate assessment tools, issues surrounding cultural sensitivity, core longings, therapeutic tools, and resources. It is her intention to bring the audience full circle; from tragedy to a place of hope, understanding, education, and clinical expertise where appropriate.