Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen and Dr. Debi Gilmore, Co-Founders of Building A Lasting Connection®
We are so excited to witness the growth of Building A Lasting Connection® (BLC), and the new-found momentum we are experiencing across the world. More and more couples are being introduced to our Lasting Connection® program and we have experienced an increased interest in individuals and couples wanting to become trained BLC Facilitators. Our online training program has been a tremendous success and the feedback has been astoundingly positive.
Our online training is a high-quality program that involves dynamic lectures, multi-media presentations, interactive experiential exercises, discussions, and breakout groups. Participants are immersed in 20 hours of research-based training that is designed to mentor participants on how to use the materials & tools to be prepared to provide interactive exercises and engagement when facilitating the workshop. Participants are introduced to presentation skills and techniques based on experiential learning theory, to enhance their ability to capture and engage couples within the workshop experience. Upon completing the training, participants are equipped to facilitate Lasting Connection® workshops.
We also periodically conduct in-person trainings, and recently one of our most active trained BLC Facilitators became certified as a BLC Facilitator Trainer. Hamed Fatahian has facilitated multiple trainings and workshops, and recently we invited him to share some of his experience in this newsletter. The following is Hamed’s overview of his experiences since becoming a BLC Facilitator Trainer:
“I’m delighted to announce that we successfully finished the second BLC facilitator training in Iran this week with the presence of almost 20 therapists from all around Iran. It has been a long journey for me since early 2020 when I went to St. George to participate in the 1st BLC facilitator training held by Rebecca and Debi but despite all the limitations (especially the pandemic), with the huge support of Rebecca and Debi, I’m honored to say that we now have almost 60 BLC trained facilitators in more than 10 cities in Iran. Also, we have had three BLC workshops in Iran so far (two online and one in-person in the city of Mashhad, northeast Iran which was held by one of the trained facilitators named Dr. Zahra Talebi) and there will be the first in-person BLC workshop in the capital (Tehran) in about three weeks by myself during my upcoming trip to Iran.
This all could have not happened without the support of the BLC team, especially Debi & Rebecca. As we all know, connection heals so when we are connected, we can make big changes even worldwide.”
-Hamed Fatahian, AMFT, APCC
We hope you will consider training to become a Certified BLC Facilitator. Please visit our homepage to learn more about how to become a part of our BLC organization.