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   Do people confide in you about their marriages? Are you sometimes at a loss as to how to respond?  If so, please attend this three hour program based on Dr. Bill Doherty’s Marital First Responder Training.

  The research suggests that couples with problems wait an average of six years before getting professional help.  In the meantime, they talk to their friends, to family members, to coworkers, and to people they trust at church.  How these people respond can have a profound effect on the future of the marriage.  Attendees at this workshop will learn the most helpful and the least helpful ways to respond to people in troubled marriages. They will learn to not over-react to the “soft” problems and not under-react to the “hard” problems.  This training will demonstrate how to empathize without necessarily agreeing with the other person’s perspective. It will also share what resources and programs are available for troubled marriages.

  This event is suitable for clergy, parish staff, volunteers in ministry, and others who frequently find themselves being confided in.  The presenter is Dr. Jim Healy, director of the Office of Family Ministry, and the $10 fee will cover all materials and refreshments. It will take place at the Blanchette Catholic Center on Saturday, March 25 and will run from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Please register online at http://conta.cc/2haBjlC , by calling 815-838-5334 or with the form on the flier.