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Strengthening Relationships. A Life Skills Workshop Presented by Dr. Lowell G. Roddy, LMFT Assistant Director, Counseling & Testing. “To have a friend, be a friend.”. Relationship : the state of being related.

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strengthening relationships

Strengthening Relationships

A Life Skills Workshop

Presented by

Dr. Lowell G. Roddy, LMFT

Assistant Director, Counseling & Testing

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Relationship: the state of being related.

Related: 1. connected by some understood relationship. 2. connected through membership in the same family.

The key is CONNECTION.

relationship assumptions
Relationship Assumptions
  • Successful relationships are basic to successful living.
  • Keeping relationships healthy deserves a high priority.
  • Your marriage or significant other is your most important relationship.
  • You can learn to understand how to make your relationship work.
types of relationships
Types of Relationships
  • Family relationships
  • Occasional (“anonymous”) relationships – clerks, waiters
  • Casual relationships (acquaintances) – some people at work, professors, classmates
  • Friendships – people with whom you seek interactions, whose company you enjoy
  • Romantic relationships – passionate, emotional connection, usually reciprocal
aspects of friendship
Keeps confidence

Loyalty

Warmth/affection

Supportiveness

Frankness

Sense of humor

Willingness to make time for me

Independence

Good conversationalist

Intelligence

Social conscience

Aspects of Friendship
six rules for friends
Six Rules for Friends
  • Share news of success with a friend.
  • Show emotional support.
  • Volunteer help in time of need.
  • Strive to make a friend happy when in each other’s company.
  • Trust and confide in each other.
  • Stand up for a friend in his/her absence.
development of a close relationship
Development of a Close Relationship
  • Zero contact
  • Stage 1: unilateral contact
  • Stage 2: bilateral contact
  • Stage 3: mutuality
close relationships
Close Relationships
  • Relatively long-lasting
  • Frequent interaction
  • Mutual activities
  • Impact of interactions is strong