Family workshops engage multiple generations in learning together. Your school or organization can choose one to all of the family workshops. Each workshop runs 1-2 hours. For more information and/or to schedule a family workshop please contact Naeemah Jackson, Director of Family Programs.

Cost: $125/hr for up to 50 participants. Scholarships available.

Workshop Descriptions

“We’re in this Love Together”: Participants will discuss and highlight the positive qualities of their family. This sets the tone for subsequent sessions. Families will understand that they are working to make what is good better.

“I Am, and You Are”: Participants will describe who they think each other is. Listing likes, dislikes, stressors, favorite foods, activities, etc. This will allow each family member to see themselves as others see them.

“Can we Talk?”: Participants will describe what they feel are the causes of conflicts or problems within a family. No family will be singled out; rather, participants will describe a “generic” family. This will allow participants to think about their own family’s dynamics without revealing personal information.

“What is Conflict?”: Participants will learn and identify the varied types of conflict and reasons for it. This will be the precursor to learning conflict resolution and reconciliation skills.

“How do we Solve Conflict? Part 1”: Participants will learn techniques for solving conflict through discussion and role playing. This will give family members an opportunity to reflect on family conflict without revealing personal information.

“How do we Solve Conflict? Part 2”: Continuation of How do we Solve Conflict? Participants will go deeper into learning conflict resolution, reconciliation and forgiveness.

“What is this I’m Feeling?”: Participants will explore emotions and their effect on the physical body and the mind. They will learn how to move from “I’m OK;” or “I’m alright;” to expressing emotions that more fully reflect how they truly feel. They will learn how important it is to express themselves in an authentic and respectful manner.

“Just what is Peace?”: Participants will learn and go beyond the idea that Peace is only the absence of violence. They will learn four important principals of Peace. (1) Community (2) Cooperation (3) Non-violence and (4) Witness.

“Do you Hear Me – Are you Listening? Part 1”: Participants will learn various types of communication. They will learn the nuances of listening; observing; passive communication; aggressive communication; as well as non-verbal communication.

“Do you Hear Me – Are you Listening? Part 2”: Continuation of Do You Hear Me – Are You Listening? Part 1 Participants will go deeper into the need for clear and concise communication amongst themselves. Lack of respectful and clear communication is usually the bedrock of family conflicts.

“Developing a Family Peace Plan”: Using art materials, participants will draw up a declaration that outlines how they envision their peaceful family. They will also create a family crest that expresses the best of themselves as a loving and cooperative unit.