Bridging Mind & Potential

Personal Development

As a participant, you will be able to see new possibilities and view life challenges from different perspectives and use it to renew your life. You will also be able to demonstrate, and practice skills learned that address the root of your problems, reduce frustration and renew pleasure in what is around you. The presenters are highly qualified professionals in the field of education, self-development, and psychology.

Parents are also given special attention since they represent the foundation to their children’s advancement along their educational path. Our services aim at supporting parents through providing them with counseling and support services or psycho-educational training classes to insure their active involvement in their children’s progress. Regular psycho-education workshops that highlight specific topics on Learning Disabilities are offered to help parents understand what their children are dealing with. The aim is to equip them with strategies to help their children achieve their best potential.

Parents’ support groups are also organized and held at the learning Center. These groups are provided as a complimentary value added service to parents who bring their children for services at our learning Center.

Self Development for Women

Emotional Intelligence for Women
This workshop teaches you how to use your natural processes to develop interpersonal and intrapersonal awareness as well as enrich your emotional intelligence in your life and at the work place.

This workshop aims at explaining the concept of emotional intelligence and its core competencies. Through carefully structured exercises, it helps individuals understand how EI can be developed and dramatically increased in ways that produce the results
they want. This seminar will help participants:
 Understand the dynamics of emotional intelligence and behavioral development.
 Understand the specific facets of emotional intelligence which will better help the individual understand oneself and others.
 Build emotional intelligence in the individual and in others by demonstrating the general laws that govern growth.
 Learn how to effectively relate to a variety of people such as friends, family, customers, and others.
 Learn how to be more effective in preparing children for success.
 Understand each other as a couple and work better as a team. This will enable the participant to see which characteristics are compatible, which cause conflict, and how to solve the conflicts.

Anatomy of Healthy Living
The key to adopting a healthier lifestyle starts with nourishing one’s body through being educated about its mechanics to nurturing ones’ soul through reflection and introspection. This workshop is designed to educate participants about the nutritional needs for a healthy lifestyle and the skills to nurture both one’s body and mind, in order to create an environment conducive to physical and personal growth.
How well we are doing each day is a reflection of our general well-being or level of wellness. Feeling great is the result from a good balance of all parts of our lives: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Therefore, this workshop will help you:
 Understand key concepts about the relationship between physical, mental, and emotional health
 Understand the connection between “what you are eating and what you are doing for exercise and how you feel”
 Learn possible health risks of unhealthy living
 Learn the positive effects that exercising has on mood and physical health
 Develop awareness on how lifestyle changes can improve physical well being
 Increase self-esteem by providing realistic goals to improve health, along with the steps and support required for obtaining these goals.
 Provide you with adequate information that will assist you in choosing a right lifestyle that enhances your well-being.

Building Your Self-Esteem: A New Way of Looking at Yourself:
Self-esteem is a term used in psychology to reflect a person’s overall evaluation of his/her own self. Building self-esteem is the key to your happiness and well-being. It increases your confidence which will translate into respecting yourself, respecting others, and improving your relationships. Low esteem causes depression, unhappiness, insecurity and low confidence. Inner criticism, or that nagging voice of disapproval inside you, causes you to stumble at every challenge and challenges therefore seem impossible.

This workshop will teach you the building blocks of self-esteem and help you develop a new way of looking at yourself:
 Learn the meaning of self-esteem and understand the benefits of having high self-esteem.
 Understand how to express your self-esteem at school, work, home, and within your culture.
 Explore the relationship between your self-esteem and health.
 Understand the causes of low self-esteem: family influence and upbringing, early life experiences, and experiences in adulthood.
 Explore the impact of low self-esteem on relationships, career, finances and health.
 Learn practical steps for yourself, for your children, and for your loved ones.

Negotiation Skills for Women
If you are like most women, you don’t feel completely comfortable negotiating. In fact, young girls are often taught to defer or manipulate rather than negotiate especially in their dealings with men. This workshop will teach you negotiation skills that will help you control your destiny. Knowing how to negotiate will empower you. You will decide what to agree to and what you are not willing to accept. You will be able to shape situations to ensure that your interests are protected.

This workshop will teach you:
 The Three Keys to Success
 The 10 Most Common Mistakes Women Make and How to Avoid Them
 Convince: Changing the Way Others See Things
 Collaborate: Changing to a Problem-Solving Approach
 Create: Changing the Way We Negotiate
 Mars and Venus: Negotiating with Men Versus Negotiating with Women
 Getting What You Want from Loved Ones
 Negotiate with Your Family
 Negotiate in Business
 Negotiate When You Buy or Sell
 Negotiate When You Buy Real Estate
 Empower Yourself: A Three Step Program for Better Negotiating

Insight I
This is a cognitive enhancement program for women delivered over 12 two-hour sessions. It is a structured group therapy program based on research with cognitive-behavioral principles. It includes various topics that delve deeply into the female psyche and helps her develop a better understanding of her multiple needs to realize her full potential. At the end of this course, women participants develop appropriate assertive skills to cope in today’s stressful world.

It includes topics on:
 Purpose of women’s groups
 Feelings and mood
 Goal setting
 Thoughts and feelings
 Building self-esteem through awareness, affirmation, and action
 Reflection skills
 Relationship to self
 Relationships: Understanding family of origin
 Relationships to others
 Networking
 Loss, grief, terminations
 Communication and networking
 Relaxation, exercise, and body image

Insight II
This seminar follows Insight I which is a prerequisite for taking this course. It is a cognitive enhancement program for women delivered over 12 two-hour sessions. It is a structured group therapy program based on research with cognitive-behavioral principles. It includes various topics that delve deeply into the female psyche and helps her develop a better understanding of her multiple needs to realize her full potential.

Insight II facilitates change within the participants in attitude towards themselves and others, as well as behavioral change. Group members also learn problem-solving techniques and hear suggestions about how to make appropriate decisions to help them feel more secure, consistently stable, and in control of their lives. Positive self-esteem is the accepted cornerstone of individual mental health. The seminar includes topics on:
 Assertiveness skills
 Conflict management
 Reflection
 Stress and crisis
 Nourishing yourself
 Sexuality
 Termination and closure

Workshops for All

Living in Motion
This workshop is designed to give individuals the understanding, skills, and motivation to develop their best life and create the best version of themselves. The central theme of this course is for the individual to develop an improved understanding and appreciation of key concepts and strategies important to living a balanced, fulfilling, and productive life. Therefore, the workshop will help you:
 Gain an understanding of concepts that are essential to embarking on a successful life journey.
 Acquire an understanding of how to live a balanced and productive life.
 Gain an appreciation of the resources available to them and the knowledge of how to use them to their advantage.
 Gain a better understanding of their thoughts and emotions and how they impact their behavior and life.
 Learn about the importance of effective communication and verbal expression.
 Differentiate between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
 Get a better understanding of who they are and their strengths and weaknesses.
 Learn the tools they need to gain confidence and have a better relationship with themselves.
 Acquire a set of tools and skills that will help them work towards their potential and accomplish the goals they set in life.
 Understand the importance of health and how they can achieve an overall healthy lifestyle.

Effective Communication: The Building Block of Healthy Relationships
Once goals are set, people can move into exploring the types of relationships that need to be developed or pursued in order to get to where they want to be in life. Whether it is to fall in love, find a partner, communicate with a spouse or family member, or get a promotion, this workshop is intended to help our participants asses and hone their own communication styles.

Stand Up and Be Counted
The key to successful assertiveness is having an awareness of one’s own communication style as it relates to those that you interact with on a regular (and not so regular) basis. Whether it is learning to be assertive in the work environment, home setting, or simply to gain a strong inner voice; assertiveness can be a powerful tool for reaching life goals and potential.

Confrontation without Guilt or Doubt
This workshop teaches confrontation skills that apply to all relationships and interactions. It is especially relevant to important situations where you want to be more assertive or more in control of an emotional interaction than you have been in the past. This Progressive Confrontation Model offers skills that can be learned and practiced when you are facing a difficult emotional situation with your boss, co-workers, children, wife or husband, in-laws, friends and family members. It offers many options for the level of assertiveness control, or collaboration needed for communication. It helps you deal with emotional reactions, practice your confrontation, and change behavior. It is especially for people who have the following values:
 Want to have control of their lives
 Want openness and honesty in relationships
 Believe in treating people with respect and compassion
 Believe in dealing directly with issues
 Believe that people should be accountable
 Believe that people are responsible for their own lives

Understanding Depression
Everyone goes through ups and downs. It is normal to feel happy for no apparent reason and equally normal to reach a low point seemingly without cause. However, it is less natural for our moods to swing frequently and quickly between highs and lows and to stay there for a long time. Depression in its more severe forms needs to be examined. Frequent and long states of depression can affect one’s health, erode a marriage, or undermine job performance. Therefore, this workshop will help you:
 Develop awareness of symptoms and identify precipitants of depressed mood.
 Identify negative thinking patterns that contribute to depressed mood and educate you on techniques for changing them to more mood-elevating thinking patterns.
 Learn about the etiology of depression, the characteristic symptoms, and the different treatment approaches.

Got Knots? – Stressed Out?
No matter what you call it; it affects your quality of life. The purpose of this workshop is to help our participants understand what this feeling is, what causes it, what perpetuates it, and some basic tools and strategies for overcoming it. This workshop is intended to help overcome the patterns of discomfort and/or avoidance that undoubtedly interfere with life goals, communication, social situations, relationships, work, and more. Stress occurs as a consequence of a threat of potential or actual loss of valued resources. The assumption is that people strive to establish, amass, retain, protect, and build resources. Psychological stress occurs when there is a threat of a net loss of these resources; when there is actual loss of resources; or when there is a lack of resource gain following the investment of resources. Resources can be things like money, can be personal characteristics, skills or creativity, relationships, intangibles such as seniority, or psychic states such as self-esteem. Therefore, this workshop will:
 Provide education to promote insight into the physiological and psychological effects of stress and its impact on health.
 Facilitate the exploration and identification of the nature and extent of individual stressors and the difference between acute vs. chronic stress
 Explore factors contributing to stress: personal/work
 Explain the General Adaptation Syndrome
 Promote the development of individualized effective coping mechanisms such as:
o Self-monitoring of dietary and sleeping needs.
o Relaxation training and seeking flow/mindfulness
o Use of imagery
o Group support, relationships and social connections
o Food as medicine
o Exercise

Got Anxiety? Learn to be a Warrior instead of a Worrier
Anxiety disorders involve an intense fear and avoidance of specific situations, objects, or activities that are recognized as irrational by the individual. Anxiety is often expressed in physical symptoms such as shortness of breath, hyperventilation, palpitations, chest pain, a feeling of choking or suffocating, nausea, stomach pains, diarrhea, faintness, dizziness, blurred vision, headache, sweating, or cold in the
extremities. It also may be manifested as a subjective reaction (e.g. self-reported feelings of fright and tension) and/or through overt behavior. Anxiety disorders exhibit themselves in various shapes and forms such as: panic disorder, phobic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. Therefore, this workshop will provide you with:
 Psycho-education to promote insight into the physiological and behavioral aspects of anxiety.
 Support to decrease the sense of powerlessness to do things related to personal matters.
 An opportunity to alleviate your sense of self-absorption that interferes with effective solution of real problems.
 It provides you with step by step therapeutic program to address anxiety problems such as relaxation techniques, use of imagery, in vivo desensitization, and group support.

Stress Management Training
Psychological stress occurs when there is a threat of a net loss of personal resources; when there is actual loss of resources; or when there is a lack of resource gain following the investment of resources. Resources can be things like money; can be personal characteristics, skills or creativity, relationships, intangibles such as seniority, or psychic states such as self-esteem.

Almost every system of your body can be damaged by stress. However, as a member of modern society, you have available to you a variety of methods to cope with the negative effects of stress. The goal of stress management training is not merely stress reduction but finding the right types and amounts of stress, given your individual personality, priorities and life situation, so that you can maximize your performance and
satisfaction. Therefore, this workshop will help you:
 Integrate the two most common psychological responses to stress: depression and anxiety and physiological response to stress: somatization
 Recognize how your body reacts to the stressors in your life.
 Learn and practice progressive relaxation technique to alleviate stress.
 Learn cognitive mechanisms to refute irrational thoughts and control negative thinking patterns.
 Learn goal setting skills and time management techniques to enhance the quality of your life.
 Improve your assertiveness skills so that you get what you want without impinging on other people’s needs.
 Understand the risks of job burnout, which leads to demoralization and despair.
 Plan and maintain a healthy life style that includes an exercise regimen and healthy nutrition.

Mind over Mood: A Cognitive Group Therapy Program
This workshop utilizes cognitive therapy principles, one of today’s most successful forms of psychotherapy. The emphasis is on examining thoughts and beliefs connected to our moods, behaviors, physical experiences, and to the events in our lives. A central idea in cognitive therapy is that our perception of an event or experience powerfully affects our emotional, behavioral, and physiological responses to it. Mind over Mood teaches methods that have been shown to be helpful with mood problems such as depression, anxiety, anger, panic, jealousy, guilt, and shame. The strategies taught can also help you solve relationship problems, handle stress better, improve self-esteem, become less fearful and more confident. In short, these strategies provide structure that can help you proceed efficiently and rapidly in making life changes.

Planning and Managing Time Effectively
Many people do not understand the important role of planning in the achievement of career and personal goals. Frequently they become so involved in managing their day-to-day activities and earning a living, taking care of children, maintaining their homes that they do not take time to plan for the future. Little thought is given to the process of selecting short-term and long-term goals or identifying and completing the steps necessary to achieve them.

Planning is especially important for people who want to better themselves by obtaining more education or vocational training. Planning to achieve goals of this type is complex because such goals may take many years to achieve. People who want to achieve these goals must have the ability to persist, to engage in consistent action over time and to plan for alternative actions when they encounter barriers or obstacles in the pursuit of their goals.

Interviews with men and women show that while many have goals they are:
(1) Sometimes unclear,
(2) Not achievable in the spare time they have available,
(3) Not broken down into easily managed steps,
(4) Seem so far away that it is difficult to start on the first steps, and
(5) Abandoned or set aside rather than modified when obstacles arise.

Therefore, this workshop is designed to help individuals:
 Learn about goal selection, goal planning, and time management skills.
 Select realistic personal and professional goals.
 Acquire the planning skills they need to develop effective goals and plans.

The Seven Principles for an Emotionally Intelligent Marriage
This workshop is designed for couples that want to strengthen their relationship no matter what its current state. It teaches powerful information and tools for building and maintaining a loving and successful relationship. It helps couples renew intimacy, enhance respect and strengthen their love, commitment, and friendship. If a couple’s marriage is in trouble, this workshop offers a road map for repair!

By the end of the workshop you will:
 Understand what makes marriage work
 Create and enhance your love maps
 Learn the techniques to nurture your fondness and admiration for your partner
 Comprehend and practice the law of Turning Toward each other
 Acquire the skills needed for a stress-reducing conversation
 Be able to distinguish between solvable problems and gridlocked problems
 Learn the five secrets for soothing yourself following marital discord
 Learn effective techniques for conflict resolution
 Charge gridlocked problems to perpetual dialogue
 Learn how to recover from a fight
 Create shared meaning
 Maintain gain made in your relationship through five magic hours a week

Happiness No Matter What! Creating a Happier You
This workshop is designed to give individuals the understanding, skills, and motivation to develop their best life and create the best version of themselves. The central theme of this workshop is for individuals to develop an improved understanding of the key concepts and strategies important to living a happier, more fulfilling life. In this workshop, you will gain:
 A better understanding of what happiness is.
 An understanding of where happiness comes from and what makes us happy.
 The motivation to lead a happier, more fulfilling life.

The central theme of this workshop is for individuals to develop an improved understanding of the key concepts and strategies important to living a happier, more fulfilling life. Topics discussed will include:

 History of Happiness
 Myths About Happiness
 Defining Happiness
 Key Attributes of Happiness
 Where Happiness Comes From
 What Makes Us Happy?
 The Power of Happiness
 Happiness May Be Good for Your Heart
 How to become genuinely happy
 Measuring Your Happiness
 Steps Toward a More Satisfying Life
 Happiness Plan

Happiness Amplified
In our previous workshop on ‘Happiness No Matter What’, we explored its historical context, definitions, and myths, and ways of achieving it. Our objective for that workshop was to educate individuals on this topic so as to provide them with necessary tools to living their best possible life. This workshop serves to broaden the scope of our research into the concept of ‘happiness’ by delving more deeply into the subject matter.
At the end of the workshop, we hope:
 To provide a more in-depth analysis of the various elements contributing to ‘happiness’.
 To establish a framework for individuals to use as a guide to living a more fulfilled life.
 To help our participants develop a better knowledge-base of the concept of ‘happiness’.
 To Provide more information in the following areas:
o Nature vs. Nurture debate
o Etiology (study of causes) of ‘Happiness’
o Socio-cultural Factors
o The value of ‘Happiness’
o Happiness around the world
 To provide recommendations for happier living

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