Hello to all BLC facilitators,
I would like to provide you with some updates regarding the progress of BLC in Iran. The journey of BLC in Iran began in early 2021 during the midst of the pandemic. I conducted an online workshop for 11 couples with my Iranian colleague, Maryam, who chose BLC for her PhD thesis. This was followed by the first facilitator training, during which I trained more than 30 Iranian facilitators. This was just the beginning. Since then, we have conducted three more facilitator training sessions, resulting in a current total of over 96 trained facilitators in Iran!
As mentioned previously, during my initial trip to Iran after the pandemic last year, I organized the first in-person BLC workshop for couples in Tehran, the capital of Iran. We had 19 participating couples, and I invited more than 11 BLC-trained facilitators from over 5 cities in Iran. The experience was immensely rewarding for all involved.
This year, we held another online BLC workshop for Iranian couples around the world, conducted in Farsi. We had 28 registered couples and 15 helpers who joined us. The workshop spanned five weeks, with each session lasting three hours. Participants received the materials in advance, and for the practical exercises, we created 15 breakout groups, each led by a facilitator, with two couples collaborating on the exercises in the comfort of their own homes, guided by the facilitator. This innovative approach resulted in a wonderful experience, and we received numerous positive feedback comments. I strongly encourage you to consider implementing a similar format.
I would like to conclude by sharing another significant development. During my recent trip to Iran, we organized the inaugural gathering of BLC facilitators in Tehran. Around 30 facilitators from all over Iran (more than 7 cities) attended this meeting, during which we discussed strategies for further developing BLC in Iran.
Looking ahead, I am excited about the continued growth and development of BLC in the years to come, achieved through our collaborative efforts.
-Hamed Fatahian, MA, LMFT, Certified Lasting Connection® facilitator