Free workshop offers women advice on healthy relationships
Pamela Church-Pryor is community ministries director of the Salvation Army's Norridge Citadel. | Cathryn Gran~Sun-Times Media
Healthy Relationships workshop at Salvation Army Norridge Citadel
8345 W. Foster Ave.
5:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays, March 4, 11 and 18
To register call (708) 456-6220
Updated: April 1, 2013 6:34AM
NORRIDGE — Helping women make better choices in relationships is the topic of a free, three-day workshop.
Classes will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays, March 1-18, at the Salvation Army Norridge Citadel, 8345 W. Foster Ave.
The workshop is open to women at least 18 years of age, whether single or currently dating, said Pamela Church-Pryor, community ministries director.
Among the topics the workshop will address are:
• Knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses;
• Understanding and resolving conflicts; and
• Using smart communication techniques.
The purpose of the workshop is to help women make better choices when looking for a partner or to improve communication among partners, Church-Pryor said.
Leading the program will be Michelle McCullough of Meier Clinics and Joan Kurtz of Family Bridges.
“We are really excited about presenting the workshop series,” Kurtz said.
Family Bridges is a non-profit organization that hosts workshops, retreats and family-friendly events that boost relationship skills.
Meier Clinics is a counseling and mental heath care organization with facilities throughout the country, including Chicago.
Family Bridges prides itself on the results of its workshops.
According to information provided by the organization, 71 percent of participants report enjoying better communication skills; 70 percent, better conflict resolution skills; and 53 percent, a better sense of commitment in a relationship.
The organization runs hundreds of family-oriented workshops annually.
Meier Clinics focuses on mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and stress
“Healthy marriages are the cornerstone of strong families, which form the bedrock of a thriving society,” Church-Pryor explained.
“Family Bridges recognizes society’s critical need to strengthen marriages,” she added.
“Through a unique network of providers, this newly charged initiative teaches couples, individuals, and high school students how to create and maintain healthy, enriching relationships.”