Jan 12, 2006    #003
Contact: Michelle Hopkins

The Friends of Community Counseling Services at UMKC Presents National Research Expert on the Healthy Uses of Personal Power

A rape victim. An anxiety-ridden, demoralized employee. The family scapegoat for everyone else’s mistakes. These people come to mind as individuals who may need help understanding personal power – its uses and abuses – to improve their lives. But Kansas City-based psychologist Linda Moore says the people who appear to be always in the driver’s seat of life also need help.

“It’s a matter of understanding the healthy uses of power,” says Moore, who will share her 30 years of research Friday, Jan. 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Diastole Center, 2501 Holmes. The program is courtesy of the Friends of Community Counseling Services at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Individuals not as often seen as in need of greater understanding about power can include men, corporate CEOs and therapists who counsel others for a living. Moore has helped them all. Her talk on Thursday focuses on therapists – and self-examination and understanding they need to be effective in their profession. The public is invited, along with healthcare/mental health professionals and students. The only charge will be for those individuals wanting to receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit ($15).

“Frequently, we are not aware if our actions are coming from a healthy sense of power or a misuse of power until the situation has passed,” she says, adding that ALL people need to be aware of how they use power – and whether they are being victimized or victimizing others. Neither condition is desirable.

For example, both genders have issues with power. “Women are taught to give away their power. They are not taught how to be prepared for, and to handle, conflict. Men, on the other hand, may seek to avoid unpleasant feelings and shrink from power to avoid hurting feelings.”

Moore’s presentation is entitled “Release from Powerlessness: Helping Your Client Reclaim Personal Power.” She is the author of the book, “Release from Powerlessness: A Guide for Taking Charge of Your Own Life.” Future Friends of Community Counseling Services programs (at UMKC’s School of Education) are:

• Psychiatrist Walter Ricci on “Shame and the Self: Implications for Therapy” on Feb. 17 at 4:30;

• Children’s Mercy Hospital psychologist Vincent Barone on “Positive Behavioral Strategies with Children” on March 24 at 4:30; and

• Psychologist Barbara Baer on “Couples Therapy” on April 24.

UMKC Community Counseling Services (CCS) is both a counselor/psychologist training center for masters and doctoral level students, and a counseling agency designed to meet the counseling needs of the greater Kansas City community. The educational program is accredited by the American Psychological Association, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. CCS offers full-service expertise in a professional setting under the supervision of university faculty on a sliding scale to the community. Counseling is strictly confidential and tailored to meet the specific needs of each client.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs. # # #

This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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