LGBTQ+ Relationship Workshop: Strength Above Oppression-Balancing Our Needs
Welcome: This workshop sells out. Register early.
Strength Above Oppression: Balancing the Needs of You, Me and Us: A Relationship Workshop that Respects All of Who We Are
A relationship workshop designed for adults who identify as QUEER/LGBTQIAP2S (in a relationship or not)
Communication ~ Connection ~ Appreciation ~ Understanding
- Explore the definitions and impacts of trauma and oppression fatigue on our personal health and our relationship
- Assess how each of your needs, background and personality influence your relationship dynamics
- Explore the connections to personal self-care and relationship strength
- Identify your relationship's existing strengths and positives
- Identify areas where you each would like improvement
- Gain ideas on how to balance each other's needs with the health of your relationship
- Learn strategies to improve respectful listening, arguing, apologizing, and problem-solving
- Come away with concrete tips to develop your own "Self-Care and Relationship Care Plans for the Socially Conscious"
For: This workshop is intended as a safe, affirming, sex-positive, non-judgmental, and accepting space for all Lgbtqp2sia gender, sexual, and romantic forms of expression, consenting adult activities, and relationships. People who can join this intention are welcome to register and participate. (While we love our non-lgbtq allies, this workshop is intended for LGBTQIAP2S folks only.)
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017, 9am - 4:30pm
Space is limited. I intentionally keep the size small, so please register early to reserve your spot.
Where: The Well: Healing Arts Center, 2100 First Avenue South South Minneapolis 55404
Facilitator: Irene Greene MSEd, 29+ years psychotherapist, relationship coach, activist and trainer. (See more info below.)
Format: This workshop blends lecture, humor, discussion and role-play. Large group sharing is optional. Folders, worksheets, bibliography, handouts and pens are provided. Bring a water bottle and a bag lunch. Lunch is not provided. Bag lunches may be stored in the facility's refrigerator. Healthy snacks, coffee, tea and water will be available for stretch breaks.
Irene is affirming and inclusive of the fluidity and variety of sexual and gender expressions and relationships. She also adheres to a fundamental consciousness for how the layers of cultural and systematic oppression and trauma influence personal and inter-personal health.
*LGBTQIP2SA: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning, Intersex, Pansexual, Two-Spirit, Asexual
Workshop Content Details:
Assess your relationship:
- Your relationship’s strengths
- Identify the areas needing improvement
- Your own & your partner’s helpful and not so helpful patterns of communication
- Satisfaction levels of each of your: emotional, social, self-care, family, physical, safety, sexual & relationship needs
Explore essential relationship dynamics:
- Factors that foster healthy relationships and also nurture individuality
- How trauma & oppression fatigue impact our personal & inter-personal health
- Myths and facts about sex, love & intimacy
- Concepts of healthy relationship differentiation and boundaries
- Co-dependent, inter-dependent & independent relationship dynamics
- Why all of your and your partner’s feelings are important, including blame, anger, guilt, sadness, hurt, insecurity, anxiety, shame, jealousy & fear
- How our minds, bodies & feelings somatically interact and impact us when we are calm verse when in conflict
Gain concrete tools to make changes to:
- Increase your self-care, especially in the face of oppression, life's stressors, trauma and relationship problems
- Deepen your emotional connection
- Calm and sooth yourself when you are upset or angry
- Learn how to talk and listen more intentionally
- Increase partner compassion, understanding & appreciation
- Argue and problem-solving more respectfully
Come away with concrete tips to develop your own “Personal & Relationship Care Plan for the Socially Conscious”
Cost & Options to Register & Pay: Fee: $180/person ($100 deposit reserves your spot.) Adjusted fee guidelines: Level II adjusted rate: $150/person ($75 reserves your spot) or Level I adjusted rate: $120/person ($60 reserves your spot.). Reasonable payment plans are accepted and may be negotiated by contacting Irene.
1. Register and pay using this Eventbrite site:
At this site, either register and pay your full fee now or pay the deposit to hold your reservation. Eventbrite processing fees will be added to your total due. You will immediately receive a written confirmation of your reservation. If there is more than one person in your party and you are paying together, register as "a group."
2. Pay by check or Google Wallet app: Register at the Eventbrite site and check the ticket marked "For payments made directly to Irene." Send your payment amount directly to Irene via check or use the Google Wallet App - firstname.lastname@example.org. There are no processing fees if your payment is made either of these ways. Checks may be made out to and sent to: Irene Greene, Suite 203, 2100 First Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404. (You must register at the Eventbrite site to reserve your spot.)
3. Unless other arrangements have been made, full payment is due on or by 3/11/17.
Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations made in writing and by 5pm, 2/6/17 will be fully reimbursed and will be sent a maximum of two week's post-workshop date. No refunds after 2/6/17.
Irene Greene MSEd: 29+ years as a psychotherapist, relationship coach, activist and trainer. In her private practice in Minneapolis, Irene offers individual and group counseling, relationship counseling (any configurations), uncoupling counseling, professional consultation, education and training. The majority of Irene's clients identify as queer, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, LGBTQ2SPIA, and or as poly and or kinky. Her specialty topics include: managing stress, anger, depression, shame and anxiety, increasing self-compassion, trauma healing, somatic mindfulness, communication, sexuality, gender and sexual identity, oppression fatigue, and self-care. Irene's current community involvement includes being the chair of the MN LGBT Therapist's Network, the professional organization in Minnesota for LGBTQ2SPIA mental health professionals, and a member of the North Star Health Collective, which offers free psychological first-aid training and support to street medics and community activists.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event? This workshop is for adults who identify as Queer, LGBTQIP2SA, Kinky and or Poly. *LGBTQIP2SA: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning, Intersex, Pansexual, Two-Spirit, Asexual. This workshop is intended as a safe, affirming, sex-positive, non-judgmental, and accepting space for all Lgbtqp2sia gender, sexual, and romantic forms of expression, consenting adult activities, and relationships. People who can join this intention are welcome to register and participate. (While we love our non-lgbtq allies, this workshop is intended for LGBTQIAP2S folks only.)
What are my transport, parking and accessibility options? The event is near a major bus line, has ample street parking, limited lot parking and a bike rack.
What should I bring to the event? Please bring a water bottle, a bag lunch, and snacks if you prefer. A refrigerator is available. Wear comfortable clothing. Water, tea coffee and healthy snacks will be provided for stretch breaks.
Is my registration transferrable? Yes, after confirmation from Irene
Can I update my registration information? Yes, by emailing Irene
Is there a sliding fee available? Yes, there is a three tiered payment scale. See Options to Pay and Register above.
Contact Irene for questions. email@example.com or www.irenegreene.com
Date and Time
Irene Greene MSED Greene Growth & Training LLC
Enhancing Personal & Relationship Growth for the Socially Conscious
2100 First Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404