An Alban Learning Retreat
Dealing with Difficult Behaviors II (Repeat of February, 2013 Event)
September 17-19, 2013
FRANCISCAN RENEWAL CENTER, SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Presenter and Facilitator:Susan Nienaber
When you encounter blocking, intractable, even abusive behavior, do you wish you were better equipped to deal with it? This more advanced learning experience will help you understand the dynamics behind this behavior and develop skills and approaches that can turn these frustrating and infuriating situations around.
What will you learn?
- To identify when a problem is actually being caused by a difficult person and when something else is the root cause
- When to embrace these individuals, when to negotiate, when to stand your ground, when to withdraw
- How to increase your congregation’s ability to maintain health and integrity
What will you get from this Learning Retreat?
- An outstanding learning experience led and presented by Susan Nienaber, premier consultant in the field of dialogue, healthy congregations, and conflict transformation in faith-based settings
- All materials that you will use during the event
- Your own copy of Never Call Them Jerks: Healthy Responses to Difficult Behavior, by Arthur Paul Boers (Alban, 1999)
- An extensive, annotated bibliography
- Opportunities for private and small group conversations with the presenter and your peers throughout the three days
- Knowledge, skills, and confidence in approaching and dealing with the variety of difficult behaviors you encounter
Who should attend?
- Clergy and lay leaders who care deeply about creating a healthier congregation better equipped to fulfill God’s mission and vision
- Seminary faculty teaching congregational leadership
- Denominational and Judicatory staff responsible for dealing with congregational conflict.
What else should you know?
- This event will begin with lunch on Tuesday, September 17 and end with lunch on Thursday, September 19. Shared meals are an important part of the learning experience. Please try to arrange your travel in such a way as to be able to participate all of the shared meals.
- Scholarship assistance is available for clergy and lay leaders from small congregations. Click here for more information.
Who is the presenter/facilitator?
With a background as a counselor and therapist, Susan Nienaber combines compassion with independence when working with congregations on issues of conflict, dialogue, crisis, personnel, professional misconduct, leadership, and interpersonal dynamics. For nearly two decades, Susan has served as a consultant and mediator in congregations and denominations. She is an ordained Elder of the United Methodist Church and has been a hospital chaplain and parish pastor. Sample one of Susan’s articles, “Leading into the Promised Land: Lessons Learned from Resilient Congregations.”
Where is it being held?
The Franciscan Renewal Center is located on 25 acres in scenic Paradise Valley between landmark Camelback and Mummy Mountains -- just 20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbour Airport, visit their website.
Course Status: Open
Super Saver: $385, through March 31, 2013
Early Bird: $405, April 1, 2013 through July 17, 2013
Full Tuition: $430, if purchased July 18, or later
Add $50 to any fee for non-member registration.
Lodging & Meals: Includes 2 nights, 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, all breaks
Single Room: $250
Sharing Double Room: $195
Commuter Fee (Includes 3 lunches, 2 dinners, all breaks): $70
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