Upcoming Workshop, How to Teach Family and Interpersonal Communication in Christ-centered Ways

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Title:  Integrating Family and Relational Communication Skill Training Activities into the Classroom

Presenters/FacilitatorsJonathan Pettigrew, Director of Doctoral Studies and Associate Professor of Communication, Arizona State University; Diane Badzinski, Chair and Professor of Communication, Colorado Christian University

Date and Time:  Thursday, June 1, 2023 | 11:30 – 3:00 pm EST


Description: Christian universities produce people who have learned how to learn and to pursue God; but how well are we training our students to communicate authentically and with discernment? What skills are we imparting for winsome and rewarding relationships? Courses like family communication, interpersonal/relational communication, introduction to counseling, introduction to marriage, and family therapy are uniquely poised to train students in these “soft skills” that can serve them well throughout their lives. Join professors and authors Jonathan Pettigrew and Diane Badzinski for an engaging workshop on integrating family and relational communication skill training activities into the classroom.

Participants will experience sessions focused on activities for creating meaningful rituals, sharing encouragement, recognizing situational stress, and communicating forgiveness, to name several topics. Your hosts share relevant, transferable activities from their family-based intervention and CCSN column Let’s Talk Family and their recent book Family Communication and the Christian Faith: An Introduction and Exploration (Integratio Press, 2023). By the end of the workshop, participants will gain several practical skill-development activities they can integrate into their own teaching, mentoring, and personal relationships. The workshop also includes opportunities for participants to share their own experiences with and practices for teaching relationship-centered courses.

Jonathan Pettigrew (PhD, Pennsylvania State University) is a Professor at Arizona State University who is devoted to seeing families and relationships thrive. He is co-editor of the book Professing Christ: Christian Tradition and Faith-learning Integration in Public Universities (Integratio Press, 2022) and has published in academic journals including Journal of Adolescent ResearchJournal of Family CommunicationMarriage & Family Review, and Journal of Divorce and Remarriage. Learn more about Jonathan here: https://search.asu.edu/profile/2692171

Diane M. Badzinski (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Department Chair and Professor of Communication at Colorado Christian University. She is co-author with Quentin Schultze of An Essential Guide to Interpersonal CommunicationBuilding Great Relationships with SkillFaith and Virtue in the Age of Social Media (Baker Academic). Learn more about Diane here: https://www.ccu.edu/spotlights/faculty/dbadzinski/

Registration Fee: $50.00


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