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It is often a forgotten skill to figure out how to really communicate effectively when triggered by an emotional connection.  With that in mind, we offer the following from the Core Communication Program, an evidence-based program.

COUPLE COMMUNICATION and CORE began at the University of Minnesota Family Study Center with the research and development work of Drs. Sherod Miller, Daniel Wackman, and Elam Nunnally in the early 1970s.  Dr. Phyllis Miller joined the team in the 1980’s. The purpose of their organization called Interpersonal Communication Programs, Inc., (ICP) was to:

  • Provide instructor/facilitator training, tools, and materials to help individuals, couples, and groups
    • Communicate skillfully
    • Make important decisions and resolve conflicts collaboratively
    • Build satisfying relationships with family, friends, and people at work

ICP has been well known and continues as the originator, copyright holder, and registered trademark holder of the Awareness Wheel™ (or Information Wheel™), which is the foundation for effective talking and listening skills. In addition, ICP is noted for the frameworks of Styles of Communication™, the Listening Cycle™, and the collaborative process called Mapping an Issue. COUPLE COMMUNICATION and Core Communication teach how to put these frameworks to practical use.

Core Communication is the premier applied interpersonal communication skills course. In Core, you learn six talking skills and five listening skills for resolving conflicts, making decisions, solving problems, and negotiating more effectively. These practical communication skills strengthen your relationships and increase your personal and professional opportunities.

For more info: http://wordpress.couplecommunication.com/core-communication/