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When Skills Are Needed
Are you looking to build an intentional community?
Do you work with constituencies that commonly have roommates?
Are your clients “doubling up” due to economic stress?
Do you work for a social service agency, in student or off-campus housing, with seniors, singles, single mothers, or other community group?
Do you have a support group?
Consider bringing a Sharing Housing workshop to your population. All workshops are highly interactive with games, discussion and feedback.
Many people stumble into shared housing arrangements without consideration of the keys to successful home sharing. They figure that because someone seems “nice” or they have a common interests that the arrangement will work out. Not so! Friendships can fall apart and family relationships fray if care isn’t taken in how the shared housing arrangement is set up. It’s also true that almost every nightmare housemate situation I’ve heard about starts with an incomplete or nonexistent selection process.
Possible topics include:
- The research on loneliness and social connection and physical and emotional health
- The six-step process for selecting housemates so that time and energy aren’t wasted
- Clarification of personal requirements for sharing housing to avoid mismatches
- The selection process, how to interview to figure out if it would be a good match
- The principles of living with others: what’s okay and what isn’t
- The keys to successful communication
- The eight categories where housemates need clarity and agreement to live comfortably together.
Your Trainer and Workshop Developer
I’ve been designing and conducting training for most my professional life. I started as an elementary school teacher, worked as a management consultant, a nonprofit director and since 1998 have been focused on designing training as an instructional designer. It is my great pleasure to design workshops with a maximum of hands-on participation for learners. I know that people learn best when they can use new concepts, try them out and reflect on what happened.
For Sharing Housing I’ve devised several games. One is focused on understanding the benefits. Several others allow participants to practice interviewing potential home-mates. More games are coming as the need arises.
Bringing Me to You
Workshops are in-person events. They can be a half-day or full-day. When you contact me, we’ll talk through what makes sense for your population in content and length. Fees are negotiable.