Friday, July 22, 2005

Conflict Resolution/Mental Health

Husband-wife team to speak at Day of Healing

By the Plain Dealer staff

Are you ready for a relationship tune-up?

Whether you're newlywed, "oldywed," on the rocks or dreaming of wedding bells, Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott have advice and insights to guide you to a refreshed connection with the person you love. They will also help you improve all your other friendships.

The Parrotts will be the keynote speakers at the 13th Annual Day of Healing: A Personal Growth Conference, Oct. 29, at the Honeywell Center.

The Parrotts will be joined by more than 20 professional counselors and educators at the one-day conference hosted each autumn by the Wabash Friends Counseling Center.

The theme of this year's conference is "Healthy People, Strong Marriages, Smart Parenting and Intelligent Leaders."

The Parrotts speak to more than one million people annually in more than 40 cities nationwide and internationally at church conferences, in corporate seminars and on college campuses.

They are the authors of the best-selling book, "Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts," winner of the Gold Medallion Award. They have also authored "Love Talk," "Becoming Soul Mates," "The Control Freak," "I Love You More," "Relationships," "Questions Couples Ask," "Shoulda Woulda Coulda" and "High-Maintenance Relationships."

The Parrotts have been guests on CNN, "Good Morning America," "CBS This Morning," "The View" "NBC Nightly News" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

They host the nationally syndicated radio program "Love Talk" and are weekly guests on the Fox TV morning show in Seattle. Their work has been featured in Family Circle, Redbook, Men's Health, Focus on the Family and Brides magazines, as well as USA Today and The New York Times.

Parrott is a professor of clinical psychology at Seattle Pacific University and a fellow in medical psychology at the University of Washington. His wife is a licensed marriage and family therapist.

The husband-and-wife team co-direct the Center for Relationship Develop

ment at Seattle Pacific University.

Those attending the Day of Healing will receive a free Christian DVD (equal to the cost of the conference) courtesy of Joy Christian Books and Gifts. Radio station WFRN will host free book and music CD giveaways throughout the day.

Specially discounted books and magazines will be available for conferees, as well as educational resources from a number of local and regional organizations.

A downtown festival is also being planned in conjunction with downtown Wabash merchants. The festival will provide live entertainment, dining, shopping and recreation for conferees over an extended lunch hour during the conference.

The Day of Healing has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors for five continuing education hours.

The registration fee is $15 through Oct. 1 and $25 thereafter.

A scholarship fund is available through the Wabash Friends Counseling Center for those who are unable to pay the registration fee. For information call 563-8452 or 1-877-850-1658; email; or visit


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