Making Changes (Life Skills)

Making Changes is a group life skills program that enables women to develop basic skills necessary in order move forward and become clearer and stronger decision makers on issues that affect their lives. Through this active learning program women discover more about themselves and their abilities, develop confidence and use their strengths and skills in becoming the person they would like to be. Participants also learn about accepting responsibility for choices they make in managing their lives.

About the Program

  • Four modules: Self-Empowerment, Effective Communication, Healthy Boundaries, Managing Conflict
  • Each module runs for 10 weeks, one 2.5-hour class per week
  • Start with any module
  • No charge, but advance registration is required
Self-Empowerment- 10 weeks – Fall  (Sept-Dec 2016)

  • Orientation
  • Self-Awareness
  • The Four Parts of Self
  • Components of Self-Esteem
  • Building & Nurturing Self-Esteem
  • Risking Change
  • Affirmations
  • The Power of Personal Responsibility
  • Healthy or Toxic Guilt: What is the Difference?
  • Closure

Self-Empowerment Topics and Descriptions

Effective Communication – 10 weeks – Winter 2017

  • Orientation
  • Sending Clear Messages
  • Importance of Using “I” Language
  • Listening Actively and Effectively
  • Communication Styles
  • Benefits of Assertiveness
  • Barriers to Assertiveness
  • Learning to Say “NO”
  • Making Requests – Asking for what you need
  • Closure

Effective Communication Topics and Descriptions

Healthy Boundaries – 10 weeks – Spring 2017

  • Orientation
  • Recognizing Choices and Making Decisions
  • Boundaries – Costs & Benefits
  • Communication Boundaries – Getting More of What You Want
  • Boundaries for Healthy Anger
  • Relationship Boundaries – Balancing Intimacy and Independence
  • Personal Boundaries – Moving from Selfless/Selfish to Empowerment
  • Boundary Dilemmas and Parenting Boundaries
  • Beating Procrastination
  • Closure

Healthy Boundaries Topics and Descriptions

Managing Conflict – 10 weeks – Fall 2017

  • Orientation
  • Managing Stress
  • Residue of Resentment
  • Anger: Connection with Belief Systems
  • Anger: Impact of Unhealthy Expression
  • Anger: Healthy Expression
  • Forgiveness: What It Is; What It Isn’t
  • Conflict Resolution: The Stages of Conflict
  • Managing Conflict Effectively
  • Closure

Managing Conflict Topics and Descriptions

Program Schedule

  • Tuesday mornings (9:30am-12:00pm) – Keswick, Markham,Aurora
  • Tuesday evenings (6:30-9:00pm) –  Newmarket
  • Wednesday mornings (9:30am-12:00pm) – Newmarket (Childminding available)
  • Wednesday afternoons (1:00-3:30pm) – Newmarket
  • Wednesday evenings(6:30-9:00pm) – Newmarket
  • Thursday afternoons(1:00-3:30pm) – Richmond Hill

Program Contact

Pilar Villate- 905-853-9270, ext. 206 / pvillate@wcyr.ca

 

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