Good lessons here on teaching

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Good lessons here on curriculum design

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Triangle games

The concept of the emotional triangle often is referred to as the “building block” for emotional process dynamics in relationship systems (families, churches, organizations, etc.). Dual relationships (one on one) are difficult to maintain so it does not take long for a triangle to develop. A triangle is made up of any three persons in a relationship, or two persons and an issue. Triangles are not only the way we tend to default in our relationships (dual relationships are impossible to maintain) but they are also the most effective (if not always the most efficient) way we have for handling interpersonal anxiety. However, getting into an anxious triangle is a sure way of tripping and stumbling into something that can get us stuck. Continue reading

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Phrases You Should Never Use Around Church Members

We all have that painful memory of a moment when our emotions got the better of us during a moment of reactivity. As soon as we said those words we regretted them, or, if not immediately, then eventually, as the full brunt of the consequences of impulsivity and lack of self control came around to pay us back. Experience is a good teacher and along the way we may carry within us a mental list of things we should never say in the presence of certain others. Continue reading

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Your Mother Was Right: Life’s Not Fair

New post on the Perspectives on Congregational Leadership blog: “Your Mother Was Right: Life’s Not Fair (and sometimes you should not be).”

A reflection on trying to be fair in an anxious system.

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What makes for an effective leadership team?

Leadership, by its nature, is an isolating enterprise. And while leadership can be a lonely state of being, too many in leadership come to believe that a leader needs to stand apart, and sometimes to stand alone. But effective leadership in any systems is more about staying connected and making connections. . Continue reading

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How people learn

One of the popular concepts over the past decade or so has been that of “learning styles.” It’s an idea that’s been around for many years in the field of education but it has been in danger of becoming “faddish” of late. Depending on how you count and who you read, there may be upwards of twenty-five identified “learning styles.” This may seem a bit excessive given the fact that people have only five senses that they depend on through which to “learn” throughout their lives. How many “new” ways of learning can we identify that are distinct enough to warrant adding to the list? Continue reading

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A Family Genogram Workbook: Tenth printing!

We have just received the delivery of the tenth printing of A Family Genogram Workbook by Galindo, Boomer, and Reagan. We’re pleased with its success (and its steady sales!). We have a few on hand that qualify for discounts, so if you’re interested in a copy order from us soon. (While the book is available through Amazon.com, they don’t give the discounts we provide). Multiple-copies discounts are available from Educational Consultants. Complimentary review copies are available to instructors for course adoption. Continue reading

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Using visual cues in your online course site (Moodle)

The online learning experience leans toward being a visual one. That makes the design of your course an important consideration. A good practice is to imagine your students sitting in front of their computer screen looking at your course site. Can they immediately grasp what it is they are looking at? Do they know what to first? Do they know where to find the instructional elements? Do they know what to do next? Continue reading

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