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Worldview Explorations for Families

A free online workshop for families with middle and high school aged children.

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A free online workshop for families with middle and high school aged children.

We each have an individual worldview — the collection of beliefs, assumptions, and “truths” through which we perceive the world and our place in it. A worldview is our personal perspective, and it has a tremendous influence on our day-to-day lives.

The Worldview Explorations for Families online workshop provides a safe, supportive environment in which to explore your own and others’ perspectives. Together, your family will explore what a worldview is, how our individual worldview shapes our experience and beliefs, and how to begin to understand and interact with others whose worldviews are different from our own.

Saturdays
August 1, 8, 15
11:00am – 12:15pm (PDT)

Register Your Family for Free!

A video recording of each workshop session will be made available to registered families who cannot attend the live event.

 

This program is brought to you by the generous donations of IONS Circle Members.

Who Can Join this Workshop?

Middle and high school aged youth and their families — moms, dads, grandparents, guardians, aunts, uncles, cousins… whomever you call family!

Younger children may also participate, but they may need extra support from an adult for the individual exercises.

The Workshop Experience

Your family registers as a group (only one registration is needed) and will join the live workshop via Zoom meeting technology.

We will email a Zoom link to join the workshop prior to the session.

You may view the webinar from a desktop computer, a laptop, tablet, or smartphone (see technical requirements below).

  • Your family can gather to watch the webinar together on a single device

OR

  • Members of your family can view the webinar on individual devices (note: you will want to be in different rooms or you will get audio feedback — that unbelievably annoying high pitched sound)

During the workshop, participants will explore topics both individually and in conversation with other family members. If possible, you will want to gather in the same room.

However, you may wish to include family members at different locations, in which case you can conduct the family discussion portions of the workshop via telephone.

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Your Instructor

Josh Seitchik is an educator and facilitator whose work centers around exploring the interconnectedness of all things, with a special focus on children and families. Through schools, environmental education programs and work with autism and developmental disability, he is dedicated to nurturing each individual’s connection to self, others and environment. He lives in Northern California with his wife and two children.

The Power of Perspective

The foundation of this workshop is the concept of a worldview — the collection of beliefs, assumptions, and “truths” through which an individual perceives the world and their place in it.

Though our worldview operates mostly outside of our conscious awareness, it has a tremendous influence on our daily lives through our goals, desires, values, relationships, actions and reactions.

The intimate relationships we share with our family members have a strong impact on our worldviews, and can also be an area where we experience personal conflict. Because families spend so much time and space together — especially at this moment in time — developing an understanding of your family members’ experiences of the world can transform these relationships.

When parents, children, partners, and siblings take the time to look deeply into why their family members feel and believe as they do, they can develop the understanding and patience for each other that can allow for a more peaceful coexistence. By starting with yourself and then extending your understanding to your family, you bring greater peace and harmony into your life, which in turn will enable your family unit to share that understanding with the community and the world.

Adapted from the Social and Emotional Learning Classroom Tool

The Worldview Explorations Program was originally developed as a classroom tool to enable teachers to meet national teaching standards related to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), and met with acclaim from both teachers and students during pilot programs. Teachers testing the curriculum reported seeing an increase in a variety of positive attributes among their students, including self awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving and decision-making.

Join from the Comfort of Your Own Home

Attend the three workshop sessions from anywhere in the world — here’s how:

  • We’ll be using Zoom video conferencing for all sessions
  • Use your smartphone, tablet, or computer to access the Zoom session online
  • You’ll need internet access with broadband wired or 3G or 4G/LTE wireless
  • Make sure to enable the microphone, speaker, and video camera on your device
  • We highly recommend testing Zoom well before the first session. Find out how here.

Would you like extra support in getting set up for the online Worldview Explorations for Families sessions?

We are happy to offer a free pre-workshop Zoom session to give you an introduction to the Zoom technology. Information will be provided to enrollees after workshop registration.

Guide your teens on an experiential journey into the ways our worldviews influence our perceptions and behaviors.

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