Workshops and Speaking Engagements

Fall Schedule

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All my workshops are available as speaking engagements at schools, churches or community groups. Please contact me maureen@marriagegeek.com for options for having me offer one for your group.

Amazing Marriage 101 Monday August 21st 6:30-8 Richfield

My Most Popular Class- This is a 90-minute workshop for anyone who’s in a committed relationship. It’s especially helpful for couples who are parenting young children — a rewarding task, of course, but also one that really takes it’s toll on a relationship.

The research confirms that marital satisfaction takes a hit when the kids are little. It’s a tough time for family balance and often our marriages can end up on the back burner. What does it take to create an amazing marriage?

Come check out this positive, entertaining look at what makes marriage tick. This one will really help you figure out what’s normal and what you can aim for in a marriage+kids.

STOP YELLING!   Wednesday September 13th 6:30-8 Richfield

Are you frustrated with yourself for losing it with the kids? Do you have visions of being serene and calm but instead end up grumpy or frustrated…every day? Do you feel like your kids are numb to you yelling or don’t listen until you do? Does your partner keep giving you “the look” because you over reacted…again?

Many of us are committed to positive parenting in theory but the practice of it is more challenging than we ever imagined. Local psychologist and experienced mom, Maureen Campion shares down and dirty tips and tricks for not losing your shit…or losing your shit less often and recovering more quickly.

Sleep it Does a Family Good   Saturday September 16th 1:00-2:30 Richfield

Marriage Geek and Psychologist Maureen Campion, and Premier Sleep Coach Leann Latus of Tender Transitions, (http://www.tendertransitionsmn.com/) understand that you can’t be a great parent or have an amazing marriage if no one is sleep well! Join us to learn about some of the ways in which you can improve your child’s sleep… which also means YOU will sleep better too!    Focusing on the little ones 12 months- 6 years.

* What sleep should look like for your children at all ages and what are appropriate expectations
* Sleep best practices for your older infants, toddlers, and preschoolers
* Ways to troubleshoot the most common sleep challenges for young children
* Creating a marriage partnership where sleep for the whole family is a priority

You’ll walk away with practical solutions to help your entire family sleep better!

Healing Birth Stories Sunday September 17th 1-3:30 pm Minneapolis

This workshop is designed to support mothers who have experienced a difficult birth or feel they have experienced birth trauma or have struggled to resolve their experience of birth. We will provide space for women to share and heal, while learning about trauma and new coping skills.

The workshop will include time for reflection, discussion and other exercises led by two mental health professionals. Leave feeling supported, empowered and more at peace with your birth.      More information at Healing Birth Stories

Re-creating Us in the New School Year Monday Sept 18th 6-9 pm Richfield

Back to school- the new school year is a great time to refocus on creating the relationship you desire. Take an evening and create a plan for you as a couple and as a family. Whether it is money or exercise or parenting, create a plan that deepens your support of each other. The two of you together are stronger when you work together. Goal setting is powerful and it can be fun. We’ll work through some goal setting tools but compared to my other workshops, this one gives you a lot more time to talk. The American Legion has a nice bar menu -grab dinner or apps and a drink and make a date night of it.

Positive Parenting for a Happy Family  Sunday September 24th 3-4:30 Richfield

Discover how to use “The Force” of relationship and connection rather than getting pulled into “The Dark Side” of control and power. Get some new ideas about parenting and discipline that respect both your child’s needs and your own.

This class focuses on early childhood needs 3-9. We will look at our own stressors as parents, and develop options for increasing the level of cooperation and effectiveness without punishment or yelling (most of the time!)

Coaching Good Sibling Relationships Thursday September 28th 6:30-8 Richfield

Are your kids’ bickering making you blow your stack? What are you supposed to do when your kids fight? How serious is it? How do you avoid making it worse?

Strong sibling relationships can be supported by our parenting or we can simply add fuel to the fire.

Whether they are still little or you are worried that it is too late, come get some great skills, and a fresh perspective on parenting your kids to live together respectfully.

Special Event- Couple’s StrengthsFinder Workshop Sunday October 8 2-5 pm Richfield

StrengthsFinder Coach Janelle Jordan has put together her best professional training to offer an in-depth workshop on building relationship goals and strategies using the Gallop StrengthsFinder® online assessment. More than 15 million people worldwide have taken the StrengthsFinder assessment to help them identify, understand, and maximize their strengths. Research shows that people who use their strengths every day are three times more likely to report an excellent quality of life. Join us for an afternoon to learn more about yourself and your partner, appreciate your differences, and focus on each being the true person you are, together.

Questions, more information, help with the StrengthFinders assessment please contact Janelle at janelle@jordansolutions.com

Good Fighting in the Land of Ole and Lena Monday October 9th 6:30-8 Richfield

Minnesotans are tough- we handle below zero and ice storms that shut down the rest of the country. We never take the last cookie on the plate or impose on people by inviting them to our homes. We never want anyone to be uncomfortable. Honestly, we get that Minnesota Nice sometimes requires lying to people… for their own good.

Honestly, doing marriage counseling for 15 years in Minnesota, if a couple comes into my office expressing their frustration out loud, I usually ask where they’re from. Because when we fight with our partners it is a very quiet fight. Sulking and seething are more our style.

Want to fight? Want to increase your ability to tackle tough conversations, deepen the intimacy and honesty in your relationship? Want to go back and talk about those things you have just stopped talking about? This one’s for you. Open to non-Minnesotans too! Equal opportunity better communication!

No screaming. No name calling. Just creating a plan to have better, smaller, more productive arguments because you care deeply about your relationship.

Coaching Kids Through Big Feelings  Wednesday October 18th 6:30-8 Richfield

Teaching and modeling emotional intelligence for our children can be even harder than dealing with behavior. As parents, we are often facing our own struggles with healthy emotional expression. Whether you struggle with anger or worries or don’t know what to do with temper tantrums, psychologist Maureen Campion offers some insight into the power and value of creating an emotionally responsive family.

Other Workshops To Be Scheduled

Retreat- Compassionate Mothering Fill Your Own Tank

Mothering is a tough and often thankless job. Parenting with compassion starts with being gentle with yourself. Join me for a day of meditation, journaling and discussion about checking our expectations of what being a good mother means. Explore new ways of combating mother guilt and filling our own tanks.

Retreat-Compassionate and Authentic Self Care- A Retreat for Caregiving Professionals….who are also mothers

Perfect for midwives, therapists, nurses, teachers, doulas, …if you’re stress from work is too much like your stress at home you are at risk for burn out. Compassion fatigue is caused by empathy. It is the natural consequence of stress resulting from caring for and helping traumatized or suffering people.

Signs you might be experiencing Compassion Fatigue- Lowered concentration, apathy, minimization,anxiety, guilt, anger, helplessness, sadness, depression, depleted, irritability, withdrawn, moody, poor sleep, loss of purpose, loss of faith/skepticism.

Authentic self care is more than taking a day off or getting a massage. It requires listening for and responding to your deep hungers. Join me for a day of meditation, journaling and discussion about checking our expectations as caregivers. Explore new ways of combating burn out, mother guilt and fill our own tanks.

Cancellations due to work/kids/illness/birth/national emergencies allowed…even expected.

 

 

Healing Birth Stories for Professionals 

While we know how joyous and beautiful birth can be, we also know that about 10-15% of women experience something traumatic at birth. Birth trauma impacts mothers, babies and those that care for them. Sarina and Maureen have been offering their Healing Birth Stories workshop for 7 years and offer compassionate and effective tools to support both survivors and the professionals that work in this field. Come join us as we delve into the tough emotions around birth and explore our own trauma while looking at healing and transforming the stories we carry around birth.

Appropriate for doulas, midwives, therapists, medical staff, anyone who works with women around birth.

Staying Sane and Connected through Adolescence 

Moods, hormones, attitude, friends, freedom, crushes, experimentation, technology, bullying, smoking…. what did I miss? Just when you thought you were getting the hang of this parenting stuff, your kids turn into pre-teens and it is a new game. Come work on creating your own philosophy for the second decade of parenting. No easy answers but some wonderful new tools.      Focused on parenting kids 8-13

Parenting in Partnership   

What does “being on the same page” or “backing each other up” or even “consistency” mean when parents have different personalities, different values and different styles of parenting?

Most couples begin to establish their roles and expectations in their parenting partnership by the time the baby is 5 months old. Class appropriate for parents of kids of all ages!

What’s your plan? What are your concerns? Come get ideas about starting off right, parenting together for a lifetime.

Going it Solo- Powerful Single Parenting    

I raised my first son by myself and I know that however you came to single parenting, it comes with unique challenges. Lets talk about how to create a vision for being the kind of parent you want to be by building healthy relationships with your kids. Topics include- decision making, discipline, dating, dealing with your kids other parent.. shoot me an email if there is something else you want me to cover.

Whatever Happened to the Girlfriend I Used to Be

With kids, long term relationships and aging many women struggle to understand what happened to their sex drive. This workshop provides a safe, open place to learn to reclaim and redefine your own sexuality through life’s changes. Sorry- only ladies this time.

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