Tina Gilbertson Counseling

Assertiveness Training

Improve communication in the workplace and at home

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Continuing Education (CE) Training for Counselors & Therapists

Assertiveness Training

For adults 18 and up

Take the Stress Out of Difficult Conversations

When I was 22 years old, I was working as an assistant to an entrepreneur. He registered me for an expensive training to enhance my job skills, and I went. But when he received the huge bill in the mail, he told me I should pay it myself. I was young and intimidated, and he was forceful in his request.

Fortunately, I had been studying assertiveness and was able to use a technique I'd read about that enabled me to calmly reject his repeated request. No matter what he said, I held my ground using one simple technique.

It worked like a charm. I had the conversation I needed to have with him, and I was able to continue working immediately after our conversation without the slightest sense of unease or distraction. I didn't need to replay the scene in my head, since I had nothing to regret and no need for second guesses.

He paid the bill himself, and I learned later he was convinced that I'd contacted a lawyer, so confident did I seem in my position! 

At the time, I was flabbergasted at the sheer power of simple assertiveness, and I remain impressed by it to this day. If a frightened young person could use an assertiveness technique so effectively even under stress, it's a solid technique indeed.

In my assertiveness training workshop, I teach the same technique I used that day along with providing other information drawn from the timeless work of Ann Dickson, from my training in psychology, and my own personal experience.

This class is currently on hiatus. Join the mailing list to find out about future offerings.

How often do you REGRET the way you handled a conversation?

(The testimonials are from actual workshop participants.)

"This class seemed to help me more than my 4-year degree! It was simple and sweet because we could easily apply what we learned in the classroom, as we did practice the technique several times to get that experience. I find that the technique is easily implemented in both personal life as well as on the job."

In this interactive half-day workshop you will learn how to ask for what you want and say no:
  • clearly
  • directly
  • firmly
  • politely, and
  • without apologizing for yourself

"I wanted to offer you my sincere gratitude for your help in the Assertiveness Workshop, it has really changed my life both personally and professionally."

Shrink conflict, grow self-respect

You will learn a specific, simple, 3-step technique for stating your position and feeling confident about it. You'll learn how to become more proactive, and less reactive. You'll also get structured practice to make sure you know how to use what you've learned.

"The Assertiveness Workshop was helpful and I enjoyed learning a specific technique when asserting myself. The class was not only informative but interactive and this helped put the information into practice. I enjoyed asking questions and receiving answers from Tina and the participants. I would recommend the workshop to others."

You'll get to practice and experience:
  • asking for a raise
  • saying no to a request from a friend
  • dealing with an inconsiderate neighbor
and other common scenarios where assertive communication makes all the difference.

"I appreciated the interactive exercises and appreciated how Tina created a very safe environment."

In addition to the structured exercises, you have the option of using the technique to work on a specific situation that calls for assertiveness in your own life, with the support of your classmates.

"Workshop was fun and informative. Love your sense of humor and the opportunities to practice and apply the technique."

There's so little to lose, and so much to gain

This class comes with a money-back satisfaction guarantee. If after participating in the entire 4-hour workshop you haven't gained practical, useful information that you can use immediately both at work and at home, your workshop fee will be promptly refunded...

"I found the workshop very useful. I've been working on applying the concepts I learned into my daily life and I'm already feeling the difference."

... but then again, if you're assertive enough to ask for your money back, you must have learned something! ;)

"I think it was perfect as is!  Thanks for the good info & very effective presentation.  I'm definitely setting the intention to use what I learned."

This class is currently on hiatus, but you can join the mailing list to find out about future workshops.

"The workshop was very well organized with a succinct format, and I found the technique to be enlightening. I look forward to integrating it into my life!"

This workshop is for you if you want: 

  • to increase your confidence in dealing with conflict
  • to communicate clearly
  • to avoid unpleasant exchanges in which you feel lost and/or powerless
  • to stop regretting how you handled a conversation after the fact
  • to initiate important discussions
  • to create a plan to address a specific situation
  • a simple tool you can use anywhere, with anyone
  • never to be treated like a doormat again

"I thought the workshop was very good, in that it simplified the problem and the technique for dealing with it. I don't see how you could have done it any better. Thanks!"

Cancellation Policy
More than 7 days before class
Full refund
Within 7 days
10% cancellation fee
Within 48 hours
50% cancellation fee
Within 24 hours
No refund

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This class is currently on hiatus. Check out the full schedule of workshops, classes & events to see what else is cooking, or join the mailing list to receive workshop & event updates in your inbox.
Are you an employer? Contact me to discuss onsite training options.
Are you a counselor? Take the assertiveness training for counselors workshop to earn NBCC-approved CEUs.

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