Effective Family Communication

18 February, 12 March, 21 October, 11 November

10 am – 4 pm

Cost: € 60 (concessions: € 50)

Lunch included

Venue: The Hollies Centre

Tutor: Thomas Riedmuller

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Learn how to create and maintain harmony in your family and other close relationships. This course will include skills such as Non-Violent Communication and Non-Defensive Communication. It is helpful for negotiating boundaries, organising home life, and increasing lightness and fun in spite of perceived problems.

This 1-day course offers you practical exercises and time for reflection to help you learn new ways of communicating, de-escalating conflicts and creating more harmonious relationships.

Thomas will facilitate learning from the experiences of other course participants as well as from himself. There will be also be opportunities for deepening the learning through role play as a way of practising these skills in every day life.

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Course Contents:

Active and reflective listening

Compassionate and Assertive Communication

Working on ‘our’ side of a conflict

Finding our power

Avoiding the blame game and overcoming victim mentality

Dealing with temper tantrums, sibling rivalry, and other family dynamics

Training Bio

Thomas Riedmuller, co-founder and resident of The Hollies Centre for Practical Sustainability offers workshops and training about Conflict Resolution, Participatory Group Facilitation, Team Building, Cooperative Games and corporate Communication Training. He can also be hired as a Group Facilitator and Mediator. He is a certified member of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII) and has worked with national and international organisations and businesses, with Irish primary and secondary schools, and regularly teaches ‘Leadership and Conflict Resolution’ as well as ‘Mediation’ courses at University College Cork.

What participants said about Thomas’ courses:

‘The feedback from the weekend conflict resolution course has all been extremely positive. The group loved Thomas’ approach and manner, and felt it was a very worthwhile experience. There was great learning and a real sense of connection within the group. We would not hesitate to recommend Thomas’ services and we also hope to work with him again.’ Sharon Griffin, Coordinator of Great Island Community Forum

‘I found that the strategies and suggestions we discussed have helped me to communicate better, both at work and in my voluntary community commitments. I would highly recommend Thomas’ course to anyone who wishes to improve their personal or public communication style, or anyone who wishes to become a more effective group leader’

Anna Ridgeway, B.A., M.Ed., PhD, HDE, Adv.Dip.Mont.Educ.

‘Thomas Riedmuller is clearly a gifted teacher and communicator. His lectures are highly organised. I believe he is making a major contribution to community development in the Cork area and that his teachings should form an essential module in all second level civics programmes.’

Tony Power B.A., HDE, D.Cat., Dip.Philos.