‘Mind, Body and Spirit’ Wellness Workshops

A seven-week workshop series designed to foster greater individual and family wellness will be offered at Charleston Family YMCA on Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 10. The workshops are open to the public at no cost.

The sessions will help participants develop better practices for dealing with life’s demands and relationships. Conducted by Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center professionals, weekly topics will include:

WEEK 1: Thursday, Sept. 10 (session 1506, code 1HFMINDBODY1)
Making Behavior Change Easier: The Psychology of Motivation
Do you ever wonder why it’s so hard to stop smoking, stick to a diet or get motivated to make important life changes? Join us a we discuss why ambivalence to behavior change is so common and how it can be overcome.

WEEK 2: Thursday, Sept, 17 (session 1506, code 1HFMINDBODY2)
Dealing with Stress: Good, the Bad, the Ugly
If you’re feeling stressed, there are healthy ways and unhealthy ways to deal with your feelings. In this class you will learn effective and simple methods to reduce, manage and avoid personal stress which can lead to an overall improvement in your quality of life.

WEEK 3: Thursday, Sept. 24 (session 1506, code 1HFMINDBODY3)
Team Building for Couples
Imagine that you and your partner were on a cruise when your boat sank. You awaken to find yourselves on a tropical desert island. Would you be able to work together to survive? In this exercise, you will learn how teamwork plays an important role in healthy relationships.

WEEK 4: Thursday, Oct. 1 (session 1506, code 1HFMINDBODY4)
Hoarding and the Power Letting Go
In this session we’ll discuss: What is hoarding? Is there a difference between hoarding and collecting? How does the accumulation of “stuff” affects our lives and the lives of those around us? What does it really mean to let go?

WEEK 5: Thursday, Oct. 8 (session 1506, code 1HFMINDBODY5)
How to Talk So Children and Teens Will Listen
We often hear from parents and grandparents who are having challenges in connecting with their teens and college-age children. Join us as we learn how to communicate and listen to young adults as wells as how to best understand their needs.

WEEK 6: Thursday, Oct. 15 (session 1506, code 1HFMINDBODY6)
The Qualities of Strong Relationships
Romance isn’t a Caribbean cruise, an expensive meal or a lavish gift (although these aren’t bad ideas!). Romance lives and thrives in the everyday, little things. This session will teach you seven principles to strengthen the bond with your partner and how to apply these principles to your life.

WEEK 7: Thursday, Oct. 22 (session 1506, code 1HFMINDBODY7)
Are You Ready? The Stages of Behavior Change
Why are we talking about behavior change again? Because it’s hard! This class will discuss why change is hard and how we can overcome resistance to making positive changes in our lifestyles. Whether it’s smoking cessation, weight-loss, substance abuse, or getting motivated to make healthier eating choices, this class is for you.


Participants may attend all sessions or select individual preferences. Advanced registration is encouraged, but not required. Free childcare will be provided during workshops if needed. Call (304) 340-3527 or register online using the above noted session number and code.