List of Seminars and Workshops

Presented by Erik Bohlin, M.A.

 

1990

 

Fall 1990Victory Bible Institute  “Pastoral Counseling 101”

6 Week Class Syllabus:  Qualifications, types of counseling, defining our role, our calling, ethical standards, introductory skills, client centeredness, rapport skills, assessment of person, spiritual assessment, note taking, introductory interview, Codependency, Pre-marital and Marital Counseling, Addictions: assessment and treatment; and Comprehensive Examination.

 

Fall 1990 and Spring 1991—Northshore Public Schools   “Homework: getting your children

                                    to use their minds without losing yours

These evening presentations at Bear Creek Elementary, Hollywood Hill Elementary, Cottage Lake Elementary, Eastridge Elementary, and Canyon Creek Elementary focused on the Neurology of Learning style and study skills. 

 

March 29, 1990—Mill Creek Foursquare Church         “Rules of the Dysfunctional Family”

 

April 11, 1990—Silver Lake Christian School               “Assessing and Reporting Child Abuse as Educators” 

 

Spring 1990—Silver Lake Christian School                  “Stress Management for Educators” 

 

May 3, 1990—Northshore Public School District         “Attention Deficit Disorder”

 

 

1991

January and February 1991      Victory Bible Institute  “Pastoral Counseling 102”

6 Week Class Syllabus:  Advanced skills in counseling and working with clients.  Reporting child physical abuse, domestic violence and caring for the suicidal client were addressed.  Emphasis was given to the practicum experiences of role playing and going over actual cases as a group.

 

 

1992

 

September 1991-May 1992—Washington State Society of Pastoral Counselors (WSSPC)

Erik founded this organization for professional and pastoral counselors who are Christians.  These monthly four-hour trainings on Saturday mornings included a breakfast and training by Erik and other professional counselors.  Topic included:  Sexual Abuse, Bonding, Education for the Counselor, Marital Systems, Rapport Skills, and Art Therapy. 

 

1993

 

September 1992 – May 1993   "Patterns of Excellence:  A Certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming" 

This intensive 80 hour training extended of 7 months teaching counselors, health care professionals, and pastors the principles and techniques of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.  The course included a 200 page manual and a weekend of examination and certification in the skills learned.

 

October 9, 1993  Mill Creek Foursquare     "Sexual Addiction"

This Saturday morning presentation to the men explored the symptoms of sexual addiction and lust.  Treatment options and spiritual principles were presented to aid them in recovery.

 

October 18, 1993  "Failures vs. Outcomes:  What about Sin?"

This evening presentation focused on the NLP presupposition, "There are no failures, only outcomes."  How does sin enter this presupposition and what as Christians do we make progress.  We demonstrated the NLP technique of "Re-imprinting."

 

October 20, 1993   "Discovering our Treasure:  God-given resources"

The heart of NLP is looking at how to we access the resources that God has given us?  We often don’t find the resources easily accessible.  Learning the neurological process so that we access resource.  Some resources we will be exploring will include:  love, patience, safety, learnings, understanding, curiosity, assertiveness, confidence, peace, rapport, and forgiveness, just to name a few. 

 

October 27, 1993   "Anchors Away"

We discussed the triggers or “anchors” that induce certain states of depression, anxiety, and anger.  Most problems can be seen as getting into a stuck or unresourceful states.  We discussed the anchors the get us into these states.  We looked at the use of anchors throughout the New and Old Testaments and how they can assist our spiritual walk.

 

November 1st, 1993     "How can I be codependent? . . I'm not married to an alcoholic."

This was an introduction to the 5 core symptoms of codependency and the road to wholeness.  We looked specifically how the disease of codependency affects our spiritual lives.

 

November 3, 1993       "What do I want?"

We dealt with our needs and wants through the process of "Outcome Framing."  Many of us are not skilled at knowing what we really want.  We go after things that are not good for us and “miss the mark.”  By discovering what need lies behind the troublesome behavior we can honestly move away from it and begin to move in a healthier direction.

 

 

November 10, 1993  "Isn't there any gray?"

Rigidity of thinking and inflexibility are often the culprits that get us into trouble.  Freedom from rigidity does not mean lowering standards or compromising on truth, but does help us see options and deal with people in a more loving way.  The technique of "Partswork" was demonstrated and taught to help people deal with inner conflicts.

 

 

November 15, 1993  "Boundaries, Walls, and Free-for-alls."

Boundaries are what give us a sense of self.  We will look at boundaries:  physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. We will look at the function of boundaries and how we establish them.  We will discuss the difference between boundaries and limits.  The technique of "Changing Perceptual Positions" was demonstrated and the participants were able to participate in the exercise.

 

 

November 17, 1993  "Regaining our Maps"

Our maps are internal representations of the world.  Oftentimes, we confuse with what we “think” with was “is.”  In essence, we are at the mercy of our maps.  Codependency blocks us from knowing what we feel, see, hear and think.  In contrast, it causes us to judge, think about, feel for and fix others.    

 

1994

 

January 1994 – July 1994   "Patterns of Excellence:  A Certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming" 

This intensive 80 hour training extended of 7 months teaching counselors, health care professionals, and pastors the principles and techniques of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.  The course included a 200 page manual and a weekend of examination and certification in the skills learned.

 

July 16, 1994               Single Parent Network Convention   “Effects of Divorce on Children”

Erik presented at the convention the research of Dr. Judith Wallerstein, Frank Furstenburg, Anna Freud, and others who have studied the effects of divorce on children.  His presentation helped single parents mitigate these effects and help them with skills to provide the best possible family experience.

 

August 3-5, 1994—National Association of Christians in Recovery, Seattle Washington

Erik Bohlin spoke at the National Convention on:  “E-motion: God’s way of moving us.”

 

1995

 

January 1995 – July 1996   "Patterns of Excellence:  A certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming"

This intensive 80 hour training extended of 7 months teaching counselors, health care professionals, and pastors the principles and techniques of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.  The course included a 200 page manual and a weekend of examination and certification in the skills learned.

 

February 4, 1995—Tablets of the Heart: A Workshop on Spiritual Journaling with Paul

                                Peretti, M.S. and Erik Bohlin, M.A. 

 

June 8, 1995—Lake Stevens First Baptist Church         “Self Care for Mothers”

 

June 14-16th 1995—Lifeworks Weekend:  Personal Work”

This 20 hour weekend training focused helping people get unstuck and gaining a better sense of self.  We examined thinking patterns, resource states, anchoring, and personal flexibility. The class helped the participants to a better respect and love for themselves.

 

August 1995     Single Parent Network Convention   “The Emotional life of the Single Parent”

This presentation dealt with the emotions of breakup and divorce and how it affects us and our children.  The E-motion Worksheet™ which Erik developed was presented and utilized to helping people get free from the resentment.

 

 

December 8, 1995—Antioch Bible Church       “Rapport with God”

 

 

 

1997

 

September 1996 – May 1997   "Patterns of Excellence:  A Certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming"

This intensive 80 hour training extended of 7 months teaching counselors, health care professionals, and pastors the principles and techniques of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.  The course included a 200 page manual and a weekend of examination and certification in the skills learned.  This was a class offered through The Institute For Excellence a state licensed vocational school in the State of Washington

 

 

1998

 

June 13, 1998—Antioch Bible Church North   “Becoming the Father you have always wanted

to be” This presentation focused on beginning with the end in mind.  How do you want you children to grow up to be.  Parenting and fathering that focuses on character traits and resources will help you achieve this.

 

March 28-29, 1998—Lifeworks Retreat: “Freedom from Stress” at the Encouragement Lodge.

This two day workshop discussed the effects of stress on our emotional, physical and spiritual lives.  Stress reduction techniques and lifestyle changes were discussed.  Teaching and conversation around the use of Christian meditation and the “The Jesus Prayer” was explored.

 

May 2, 1998—Lutheran Bible Institute             “Freedom from Depression”

This four hour workshop was present with Kent Warner, M.A., LMHC which focused on the symptoms and treatment for depression.  The class included time for discussing and the writing or a personal psalm as a resource for healing.

 

     

           

2000

 

Fall 2000--St. Andrew Orthodox Christian Church, Arlington Washington   "Patterns of Love"

                  This seven week adult Sunday School class on marriage and family relationships discussed issues of communication, anger and conflict, boundaries, and family traditions

                  within an Orthodox Christian framework.  Writings from the early church fathers were integrated with principles from contemporary psychology.

 

 

December 2, 2000—Renton Assembly of God “Rapport with God”

This presentation discussed the “Rapport Skills” from Neuro-Linguistic Programming and how we relate with other and God. 

 

 

2001

 

June 7, 2001—Workshop:  “Lifeworks:  Freedom from Emotional Eating” 

This workshop focused on the emotional connection with food, the passion of gluttony and how the Church, the 12 step movement, and the principle of Neuro-Linguistic Programming assists in gaining freedom.

 

 

2002

 

November 12, 2002—“The Thing” (Christian Singles) “What do we do in a time like this?” 

In the wake of September 11th, this evening presentation focused on the virtue of courage in the Christian walk.  Included was a reading from the life of St. George and how he stood up for his Christian faith and endured the crown of martyrdom.

 

 

2003

 

April 20, 2003—Everett Public School District     “Anniversary Reactions”

This training for Everett Public School’s Crisis Counselor Response Team taught and demonstrated the work of Neuro-Linguistic Programming in trauma work.

 

May 2003--Marysville First Assembly of God    "The Secrets Men Keep"

                        This two part evening class introduced the symptoms of what it means to have a sexual addiction and how it affects one's life and the lives around them.

                        Introduction to the process of partswork, 12 step meetings and the neurological technique of the Swish Pattern were taught to help men get into the process of recovery.

 

 

2005

January 15, 2005—Overlake Christian Church     “Marital Dances”

This training for Overlake's Pastoral Lay Counselors introduced the topic of Systems Theory and how it can help marriages.  Discussion of the Christian thought and examples taken from the Old Testament helped lay a groundwork for our work with couples.  Various types of marital dances--"Addictive," "Codependent," "Pursuer-Distancer," "Affair," "High Drama-Chaotic," and "Spiritual Giant-Pagan" were presented and how to shift them

 

 

Other engagements included:  Everett Community College-Intro Psychology class-"An introduction to Neuro-Linguistic Programming;" Gateway Christian Counseling--"Trauma Reduction," Univar Corporation--"Stress reduction for Job Transition," Chopelas and Associates Engineering--"Rapport Skills," Snohomish High School--"Adoption," One Day workshop on Stress at Dr. Beth McDonald's office

 

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