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Education Programs: Workshop Descriptions

Follow the links below for descriptions of each workshop. 

View the Program Calendar to browse all workshops by date.

Or, download the Spring 2014 Education Programs Calendar in PDF format.

NEW for Spring 2014: Multi-Class Packages and Referral Discounts (PDF)

Workshops take place at The Women's Center, 127 Park St NE, Vienna, VA unless otherwise noted.  

All workshops must have a minimum of 5 participants - register in advance to make sure you don't miss out!

 

Please call (703) 281-4928 x276 or email programs@thewomenscenter.org with any questions.

Click the links below to jump to a particular workshop, or scroll down to browse. 

Personal Growth

Careers

Money Matters

 

Separation & Divorce

The Smart Split - What You Need to Know About the Legal Aspects of Separation and Divorce
Avoiding Divorce Court I - How to Negotiate or Mediate Settlement Agreements
Avoiding Divorce Court II - Provisions of Settlement Agreements
Divorce, Custody and Support: The Discovery Process - Preparing Your Case
Reclaiming Your Future: Financial Planning During Separation & Divorce

 


 

Personal Growth

 

Self Defense Seminar for Women (in Arlington!)

Pentagon MMA is hosting an interactive Women's Self-Defense seminar to raise funds for The Women's Center! Learn easy and effective self-defense techniques in a safe and friendly environment. We will also cover prevention methods, awareness, and the importance of body language and confidence. Please dress in comfortable work-out attire, and please leave your jewelry at home. No prior experience necessary. All participants must sign a waiver upon check-in.

Registration is FREE but please register online or call 703-281-4928 x205. Donations to The Women's Center will be accepted at the door.

Not currently scheduled for Spring 2014. Email rporter@thewomenscenter.org to join waiting list.

Location: Pentagon MMA, 1041 S. Edgewood Street, Arlington, VA

 

There are many emotions that contribute to our daily life. Sometimes we handle life with ease and sometimes we become angry during stressful situations. If managed inappropriately, anger is likely to negatively affect our physical and mental health. Repressed anger can disrupt relations, affect thinking and behavior patterns, and create a variety of physical problems, such as high blood pressure, heart problems, headaches, skin disorders, arthritis, and digestive issues. Channeled carefully, anger can help you achieve your goals. Misuse it and it will create difficulties that will keep you from becoming the kind of person you would like to be. If you feel stuck, come learn the patterns and triggers of your own anger, and ways to express anger appropriately and constructively. 

$150 Registration Fee / $140 Member Rate
 
 
 

Si la experiencia le ha ensenado que ni el enojarse ni el suprimir su enojo funcionan, este seminario es para usted. Con discusiones de grupo y una variedad de ejercicios, usted aprenderá a controlar, expresar y resolver sus situaciones emocionales de una manera saludable y efectiva.

Honorario de registro $80- llame al 703-281-4928 x 402 para registrarse

LUGAR: 133 Park Street, NE, Room 3, Vienna, VA 22180 

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There are many emotions that contribute to our daily life. Sometimes we handle life with ease and sometimes we become angry during stressful situations. If managed inappropriately, anger is likely to negatively affect our physical and mental health. Repressed anger can disrupt relations, affect thinking and behavior patterns, and create a variety of physical problems, such as high blood pressure, heart problems, headaches, skin disorders, arthritis, and digestive issues. Channeled carefully, anger can help you achieve your goals. Misuse it and it will create difficulties that will keep you from becoming the kind of person you would like to be. If you feel stuck, come learn the patterns and triggers of your own anger, and ways to express anger appropriately and constructively. 

$150 Registration Fee / $140 Member Rate

Understanding sources of anger (stress and anxiety), recognizing feelings and developing effective responses are the overall goals of this program for both women and men. In addition to considering the root causes of anger, such as low self-esteem, the workshop will emphasize relationship-based anger and include practical exercises to assist participants in identifying anger sources and managing stress and anger responses.

$45 Registration Fee / $35 Member Rate

 
 

What does family abuse look like? Could it be happening to you or someone you know? What stops those who experience family abuse from getting the help they need? What are the barriers to getting help? Why is it so difficult to understand, identify, and even harder to stop? If any of these questions have crossed your mind, join us for a session that will help you identify and learn how to most effectively deal with the pattern of coercive behaviors associated with family abuse, including (but not limited to) physical and sexual violence, threats of violence, emotional and psychological intimidation, verbal abuse, economic and financial control, spiritual abuse, and destruction of property.

Judge Mann will speak on learning about the Protective Order court process from Intake through Trial. His presentation will also address court and other resources available to those who are involved in the court process. Bring your questions. 

No Charge – Free. Registration Required.
 
 
 

Learn how to recognize, understand and cope with bullying through this important workshop that will cover:

  • Statistics and demographics regarding bullying
  • Signs that your child is being bullied/signs your child may be bullying others
  • Differences in children’s and adolescents’ responses to bullying
  • Effective parent-child communication strategies, including how to talk to your child about bullying
  • Getting help for your child through the school system
  • Community Resources

$35 Registration Fee / $25 Member Rate

Not currently scheduled for Spring 2014. Email rporter@thewomenscenter.org to join waiting list.

 
 

Explore in the context of a small group setting techniques to help you build self-esteem and develop a more positive self-identity. Gain insight into how self-esteem can impact all facets of your life, including relationships and career. Discover how both your conscious and subconscious thoughts contribute to how you feel about yourself, and begin to identify and challenge your thinking to create a more positive sense-of-self. This workshop will help you learn how to better care for yourself to achieve a healthier, happier you.

$100 Registration Fee / $90 Member Rate

 

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Careers

 

Career Decision Making: Where to Start?

This workshop provides an introductory overview of the initial steps in Career Decision-Making. Self-knowledge is the first step, which involves exploring your unique work values, life values, work motivations, strengths, skills, and goals. Participants will partake in a series of exercises and group discussions.

$35 Registration Fee / $25 Member Rate

Not currently scheduled for Spring 2014. Email rporter@thewomenscenter.org to join waiting list.

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NEW! College and Beyond: Mapping the Future (When I don’t know what I want to do with my life)

This seminar is designed for young adults (parents also welcome) who are wrestling with career and directional choices. For the college student deciding on what to major in or beginning a major and realizing you don’t enjoy what you are learning can be scary. For graduates facing the open sea of the job search and/or pursuing additional studies, finding the path and making the “right” choice can become overwhelming. For the young adult who has moved back home, the actual or perceived pressure to figure things out can be paralyzing.

This workshop addresses those concerns and will provide resources and tools to develop a plan that will lead toward greater clarity. Come join other young adults like you who are facing similar challenges and harness the collective thoughts to potentially break out of a rut, find solace in knowing you are not alone, and potentially find others for peer support.

$35 Registration Fee /$25 Member Rate
**Special Rate for Student and Parent: $50 Registration Fee/$40 Member. Please call (703) 281-4928 x276 to register with this discount**

Not currently scheduled for Spring 2014. Email rporter@thewomenscenter.org to join waiting list.

 

With government job opportunities becoming a bit more restricted in the Washington, D.C. metro area, there is no better time to understand the appropriate strategies for applying for Federal positions. In this one-time workshop, an federal expert with over 25 years of experience in the federal sector, will guide you through:
  • Status of Federal Opportunities
  • Federal Sources of Current Information
  • USAJobs.Gov - the latest version
  • Federal-Styled Resume Template
  • Leadership Directories - essential for Networking
  • Proactive Job Search Strategies

$35 Registration Fee /$25 Member Rate

 
 

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – Using Your Personality Type to Leverage Your Personal and Career Potential

The MBTI is used for a variety of purposes including helping couples recognize their similarities and differences, facilitating stronger communication among friends and family members, or co-workers. In this workshop we will explore the basics of personality type and then delve into its relationship to career decision making. Through a variety of experiential group exercises and lecture, participants will have opportunities to develop their self-awareness, improve their communication, and discover insights that will help them on the job.

$35 Registration Fee / $25 Member Rate

Not currently scheduled for Spring 2014. Email rporter@thewomenscenter.org to join waiting list.

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This workshop identifies the ingredients and format of a successful federal or private sector résumé including how to define measurable successes, how to market your successes through a résumé, how to be responsive to the job expectations identified in a job vacancy announcement.

The agenda will include:

  • Résumé essentials
  • Success qualifiers
  • Personal Success Jogger Questions to identify measurable success
  • Appropriate résumé format for government positions
  • Sample federal-styled and private sector résumés
  • Sample federal and private sector vacancy announcements
$35 Registration Fee / $25 Member Rate
 
 
 

Are you thinking of going back to work after a long absence from the workplace? Perhaps you have been raising children. Perhaps your 401K is now a 201K and you need to supplement your retirement dollars. Whatever the reason, re-entering the work-a-day world and finding a job can seem like a daunting prospect.

This session is designed to address your questions and provide you with some

essential pointers on how to get started including:

  • The nature of the job market
  • What hiring managers are looking for
  • Proactive & reactive job search strategies
  • The key steps of a targeted job search
  • Key competitive advantages and how to develop them
  • Addressing the issue of your absence on your resume
$35 Registration Fee /$25 Member Rate
 
 
 
 

You've completed your resume but what's next? Most job seekers start filing applications which is relatively easy. The rate of return, however, is not very satisfying because you become one of many applying for the same position.

Self-initiated strategic approaches are more productive in both the federal and private sectors.
Come discover the way to approach your job search from an expert with over 25 years of experience helping people get the job they want.

$35 Registration Fee / $25 Member Rate
 
 

 

Money Matters

 

This course is designed specifically for women who want to learn the basics of investing and empower themselves with the knowledge to make smart financial decisions for themselves and their families.

$35 Registration Fee / $25 Member Rate

 
 

The Woman's Guide to Planning for Retirement

Most people spend time dreaming about having the financial freedom to do what they want. This freedom may provide them an opportunity to travel, a chance to develop new skills, or the option of turning an interest into a business opportunity. Unfortunately, most people do not spend enough time preparing for the financial realities of retirement. In additon to managing your money, managing your time, talents, strengths and interests is equally important.

This session covers how to grow your financial security for retirement as well as planning for a successful retirement lifestyle.

$35 Registration Fee / $25 Member Rate

 

Hope & Power for Your Personal Finances: Basics of Budgeting

This program is made possible through the generous donation of time by Deloitte LLP Staff.

Learn how you can improve your economic situation. Issues such as budgeting, debt management, banking, and credit all play a role in building your financial strength. Research shows that individuals who participate in financial education sessions are more likely to save money, utilize available resources, understand consumer credit, and establish a budget. Developing financial skills allows individuals to gain confidence in their abilities to make informed, responsible financial decisions.

FREE.

-To Be Scheduled Spring 2014-

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Separation & Divorce

  

Finding Emotional Strength During Separation & Divorce (6 Weeks)

During separation or divorce, many emotions come into play: confusion, anger, sadness and fear, to name a few. It can be a stressful and overwhelming process, but you are not alone! Learn effective ways to cope, with others who are going through similar situations, and experiencing many of the same feelings. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of topics in a safe, confidential and supportive setting. Regardless of where you are in the process, this program will provide information and support and guide you toward a new beginning. A divorce is a highly stressful, life-chaning event but it can also be a time for positive change. Sharing experiences with others will help you to emerge knowing yourself better and feeling stronger.

$130 Registration Fee / $120 Member Rate

Not currently scheduled for Spring 2014. Email rporter@thewomenscenter.org to join waiting list.

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The Smart Split - What You Need to Know About the Legal Aspects of Separation and Divorce 

Taking action to acquire information can provide comfort and empowerment in a time of uncertainty and transition. In this overview of the fundamentals of the divorce process in Virginia, an experienced family law attorney summarizes the important legal aspects of that process, including fault and no-fault grounds, child custody, spousal and child support, property and retirement asset division, health insurance and considerations for choosing an attorney and mediator.

$55 Registration Fee / $45 Member Rate
 
 

 

Divorce Without Litigation I - How to Negotiate or Mediate Settlement Agreements

A divorce marks the end of one chapter in your life, but with the right tools, you should be able to get a fresh, fast start on the next chapter! Don’t let a drawn-out court battle keep you from beginning your new life — you can negotiate or mediate your Separation, Custody and Property Settlement Agreement without setting foot in a courtroom. A divorce attorney with 20+ years experience will guide you through a comparison of mediation and negotiation and provide mediation and negotiation tips you can use. The workshop will also cover strategies and pitfalls to avoid as well as a thorough discussion of each issue that needs to be addressed in your Agreement, from property to support to custody.

$40 Registration Fee/$30 Member Rate OR $70 Couples Registration Fee/$50 Couples Member Rate
 

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Divorce Without Litigation II- Provisions of Settlement Agreements 

This course picks up where Divorce Without Litigation I leaves off and provides a more thorough discussion of Separation, Custody, and Property Settlement Agreements. In addition to reviewing the provisions in an Agreement (custody, support, retirement, and property), information will be provided regarding both standard provisioins that are routinely found in all Agreements ("boilerplate provisions") and creative provisions that are available to parties negotiating or mediating an Agreement.

$40 Registration Fee/$30 Member Rate OR $70 Couples Registration Fee/$50 Member Couples Rate

 
 

Whether or not settlement is possible, once someone files a Complaint or Petition, you may find that you have been served with discovery—or that you need to serve the other side with it. The names and variety of discovery – Written Interrogatories, Requests for Admission, Requests for Production of Documents and Notices of Deposition – can often be overwhelming and scary. Some of the requests can be highly complex. This is an opportunity to review some commonly issued discovery questions, which include references to multi-part statutes. Your response to discovery has an impact on what evidence you can present at trial and the cost of the proceedings.

Learn the different aspects of discovery, the rules that govern discovery and ways to approach discovery that may assist your attorney in streamlining your case, keep costs down and ensure that the evidence you believe is most relevant is preserved for trial.

$55 Registration Fee/ $45 Member Rate

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Going through a divorce and feeling overwhelmed by all the financial decisions that will affect your future for years to come? Divorce can be financially devastating for the unprepared, but you can take control of your financial future now and start a new chapter of your life on the right foot. Get the practical information you need to make educated financial decisions from a certified divorce planner. This comprehensive seminar covers all financial components of the property settlement agreement.

$50 Registration Fee / $40 Center Circle Donors (Members)

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As you navigate the divorce process, you might feel overwhelmed and out of control, You can regain control of your life, starting with your financial future. Learn how Virginia courts divide assets and liabilities upon divorce, how to determine whether property is marital or separate and the factors the court must take into account in making its decisions. This program will provide you with the practical information you need to understand your rights and financial future, whether you negotiate a settlement or seek a court determination.

$50 Registration Fee / $40 Center Circle Donors (Members)
 

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