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SLS Adds Workshop from Nationally Recognized Military Life Columnist Jacey Eckhart


Release Date: 2/20/2007

MCB QUANTICO, VA - The Spouse's Learning Series (SLS) presents the new motivational workshop "Sun-Sational: Discover a more powerful you," facilitated by nationally recognized military life columnist Jacey Eckhart.

            SLS provides three venues to further personal skills and professional growth through a series of motivational and leadership skills workshops and online courseware intended to teach skills in areas such as Leadership, Communication and Relationship Building, Teamwork, Stress Reduction, Goal Setting, Conflict Management, and Personal Enhancement. All spouses are welcome to attend the free SLS workshops.

            Ms. Eckhart is a syndicated columnist with the Virginian-Pilot who has been writing a "Homefront column for ten years and is a frequent contributor to Military Spouse Magazine and Military Money.  She is the author of the book, The Homefront Club:  The Hardheaded Woman"s Guide to Raising a Military Family, (Naval Institute Press, 2005) and the creative drive behind the deployment CD "These Boots: A Spouse's Guide To Stepping Up and Standing Tall During Deployment," available through Military OneSource.  Most recently, she became the host of a nationally syndicated military family radio program, "The Jacey Eckhart Show."  

            This annual motivational workshop is designed to provide spouses with the opportunity to gain a working knowledge of personal communication styles and personality types and to use the new understanding of self to improve communication and relationships with their spouse, family, friends, and co-workers.  The workshop also encourages Marine spouses to define their life-challenges and the needed support systems to help restore balance to their military family during a time of war.

            Previous workshops Eckhart has presented for Marine spouses have received   positive comments.  "She was fun and lively, but very real and straight to the heart of what it really feels like to be a military spouse, in good times and not so good," said a spouse from MCAS Beaufort. "Jacey"s event was a LOT of fun.  One thing that impressed me with Jacey, besides her bright smile and energy, was that the program was tailored to our spouses here."

Other SLS offerings include the Leadership Skills Workshop, which focuses on leadership skills such as communication and team building.  Participants take a self-scored personality assessment and learn how their personality type relates and can interact more effectively with others and leave with an understanding of the role and importance of fostering positive attitudes, building strong communication and understanding skills and leveraging different personality traits.

Key Volunteers from Camp Pendleton attended the first Leadership Skills Workshop and commented that the workshop provided necessary skills for what they would encounter in their volunteer efforts.  It is good for all Key Volunteers to understand how to deal with different personality types, said one participant. Another commented the workshop provided useful subject matter that applies to all areas of life-not just work.

For local dates or more information about SLS programs contact your local Marine Corps Family Team Building Office or checkout the SLS website at http://www.usmc-mccs.org/sls/index.cfm. SLS online courseware is also available online at Marine Net at www.marinenet.usmc.mil.

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