Strengthening Relationships Presentation Series

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The Employee Assistance Program is proud to announce our Strengthening Relationships Presentation Series. This series is part of EAP’s Building Community Initiative. Join us monthly on zoom as speakers share their professional expertise on helping people strengthen their relationships, with a range of topics and strategies for intimate relationships, friendships, families, and coworkers. See a list of our planned speakers and presentations below. You can see past presentations below. We are currently planning future gatherings and will post updates as we have them. 

September: "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Toxic Behaviors to Avoid When Arguing with Your Partner" presented by Veronica Leal, LPC of Westlake Couples Counseling on Wednesday 9/29 at 11:30 a.m. This presentation will discuss the work of Dr. John Gottman, a researcher in the field of couples counseling who is widely known for his ability to predict divorce with over 90% accuracy.  Learn what he has identified as the four common yet toxic behaviors that predict relationship breakup or divorce and the more productive alternatives.

October: "Bridging Diverse Identities in Love" presented by Vagdevi Meunier, PsyD on Tuesday 10/19 at 12:00 p.m. Diversity makes relationships stronger! How can we harness the power of difference in intimate relationships to build intimacy, friendship, and shared meaning? Come learn how to build love maps, emotional bank accounts, and turn gridlock into dialogue even when you and your partner come from different worldviews and intersectional identities.

November: “'Are YOU talking to ME?': Increasing your ability to communicate and connect with others in the workplace and in your relationships” presented by Kavita Murthy, PhD on Wednesday 11/17 at 11:30 a.m. After this presentation you will walk away with specific do’s and don’ts that will elevate your communication style with others, and help you navigate relationships from the perspective of safety and connection.

December: “How to Build Your Social Life After Social Distancing” presented by Daniel Wendler, Psy.D on Wednesday, 12/8/21 at 12 p.m. After a long period of social distancing, it's tough to jump back into in-person social connection. Join us to learn practical skills for rekindling old connections, forming new friendships, and building a satisfying social life.

January: "Embodying Justice, Building Trust" presented by Morgan Johnson, MA, LPC on Thursday 1/27 at 2:00 p.m. This presentation will discuss six evidence-based ways to increase emotional attunement and build trust in relationships with a focus on embodying justice and centering those with less power and privilege. You'll leave with practical tips rooted in Interpersonal Neurobiology and Relational-Cultural Theory for having brave, compassionate conversations. 

February: "Will You Still Love Me When I’m 64?" presented by Vagdevi Meunier, PsyD on Thursday 2/17 at 12:00 p.m. Couples in their prime face unique challenges and opportunities. Research shows that adults in their prime bring more courage, compassion, and clarity in personal values to relationships while also expecting more care, integrity, and commitment from their partners.   In this presentation, a Gottman Master Trainer offers tips based on more than 40 years of relationship science on how to build a flourishing relationship that includes fun, play, intimacy, and shared meaning in a mature committed relationship.

March: "Modern Monogamy" presented by Shaina Singh, LCSW-S on Wednesday 3/23 at 11:30 a.m.

April: "How does 1+1=3 in thriving relationships?" presented by Lydia Valdés, MAT, MS, LPC on Tuesday 4/19 at 12 p.m. Join this session to learn how to move from co-existing to thriving in intimate relationships. We will explore how trauma histories can present specific challenges in intimate relationships and discuss how to recognize when triggers and unresolved past issues might be at play in relationships. Participants will walk away with some practical skills for strengthening communication in intimate relationships.

May: "Breaking Free from Loneliness" presented by Daniel Wendler, PsyD & Kyler Shumway, PsyD on Monday 5/16 at 12 p.m. If you feel lonely, you are not alone. Join us to learn how to overcome disconnection, establish meaningful relationships, and find your place to belong.

June: "Attachment Styles in Relationships" presented by Christine Winston, LCSW-S on Wednesday 6/29 at 11:30 a.m. This brief presentation will introduce the idea of attachment styles and how these dynamics can show up in our close relationships.  Participants will learn how curiosity and understanding about our own attachment style, as well as our partner's, can serve as a valuable tool to improve communication and compassion between couples.

Christine Winston is an Austin-based LCSW-S in private practice and an adjunct associate professor with the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas.  In her practice, she provides psychodynamic psychotherapy for adults, couples, and groups with a focus on rich personal growth, family and relationship issues, and the unique needs of artists and creative individuals. She is involved with Austin Psychoanalytic, the Austin Group Psychotherapy Society, and she is a longtime SIMS Foundation provider.