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May 2013 Report

Dear friends,

Although May is at its height, I hurry to tell you about the event that our Center was a co-organizer of.

On May 1-2 the “Family: Living or Surviving” Forum of professional development for Christian psychologists and counselors took place in Odessa.

The organizers were the Initiative Group of Christian Psychologists of Ukraine and the Odessa Springs Counseling Center.
Psychologists, counselors, pastors, church leaders, students of psychological departments took part in the forum. The forum justified its name as international. The participants of that event were representatives of various cities in Ukraine, Russia, USA and Moldova.

The forum included master-classes the aim of which was to give practical tools to those who work with families. In order to give master-classes, experienced practicing Christian psychologists from various countries (Ukraine, Russia, USA) were invited.

Nobody remained indifferent after attending the master-classes. It wasn’t just practical materials that would help the participants in their ministry that the participants received. At master-classes, some of the participants understood how they could solve their own problems, others saw their profession and ministry at a new angle. Inspiration, interest, openness and sincerity – that was the atmosphere that reigned at the forum.

Here are some of the themes that arose at the master-classes: “How to help families to overcome consequences of losing a child and of an abortion”, “Counseling those after remarriage and counseling after divorce”, “Co-dependent relations in a family: ways of overcoming”, “Adultery: how to prevent and help overcome the consequences”, “Pre-marriage counseling”, “Preparing and mentoring families with adopted children”, “How to talk with spouses about the problems on issues of intimacy”, etc.

The first day of the forum was especially intensive. In the evening the participants and speakers of the forum had a talk-show with Eugene Sarapulloff (Moscow, Russia), a talk-show man of an every day talk-show called “Good afternoon!”, a media psychologist, a video marketologist, a Ph.D. The questions asked by the host were answered by the experts who were the speakers of the forum, and everyone who was in the conference room became a part of the show. Eugene was very good at developing the theme and made every participant think over the questions as to what truly makes a family strong and happy.

The forum became a wonderful place for professional communication and another step of our Center’s development.
From now on, we hope to hold such events every year. Please pray for this.
I thank you for your attention, support and cooperation!
May the Lord be with you!

Love in Christ,

Lena Kolker,
Coordinator, the Odessa Springs Christian Counseling Center

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