Jan 10, 2007    #004
Contact: Amanda Lepper
(816) 235-1592

World-renowned psychologist Harriet Lerner offers solutions to difficult conversations

Money, politics, religion and sex. More than a few find it difficult to discuss such touchy subjects with their spouses, coworkers or business partners, for example. Conversations can range from uncomfortable to out of control. That’s where world-renowned psychologist Harriet Lerner steps in.

Lerner, a Lawrence resident, will offer a blueprint for handling such difficult conversations with clarity and courage at a lecture Jan. 19 in Room 115 at the School of Education building at 615 East 52nd Street on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus. The lecture, titled “Voice Lessons,” is a rare opportunity to learn from the New York Times bestselling author of “The Dance of Anger” and, most recently, “The Dance of Fear: Rising Above Anxiety, Fear and Shame to Be Your Best and Bravest Self.”

Lerner is one of the world’s most respected voices on the psychology of women and family relationships. For more than two decades, she was a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka. She currently has a private practice in Lawrence. For more information about her work, go online to

Sponsored by UMKC Community Counseling and Assessment Services, the "Voice Lessons" lecture begins at 4:30 p.m. and concludes with a question and answer session, followed by a reception and book signing at 6 p.m. Lerner is also available for press interviews the day of the event or by phone beforehand.

The lecture is open to the public with a $30 admission fee. To find out more information or to make an advanced reservation for the event, contact Carolyn Karr at (816) 235-2494 or

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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