Healthy Congregations Leadership Series Presents: A Day with Ron Richardson

Hosted by: Healthy Congregations

The event will start on: Friday, May 17, 2013 8:30 am

And will end on: Friday, May 17, 2013 3:30 pm

At Martin DePorres Center

2330 Airport Drive , Columbus Ohio


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Ron Richardson was the Executive Director of a metropolitan-wide pastoral counselling agency in Vancouver, Canada that had eight field offices and a clinical staff of nearly 30. He was also the Director of Training. He is now retired. Before receiving his D.Min. in pastoral counselling he was a parish pastor for ten years. He is a member of the North Puget Sound Presbytery, a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and a Clinical Member and (before retirement) a Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

ls13_richardsonHe has written extensively on the application of Bowen family systems theory. His first book, Family Ties that Bind (1984), was written for clients and the lay public as an introduction to the theory, and is still a best seller. This was followed by a book co-authored with his wife Lois called Birth Order and You. Next came Creating a Healthier Church, which is a best-selling introduction to the application of family systems theory to congregational life. He followed this up with Becoming a Healthier Pastor, which is a detailed guide to doing family of origin work. This book also gives examples from his personal family of origin work. Becoming Your Best attempts to give some of the ethical implications of family systems theory and, in particular, differentiation of self. Uniquely, it draws on examples from the novels of Jane Austen as well as from his own clinical practice. His next book is Couples in Conflict. It details his family systems theory approach to marital counselling for couples and is loaded with examples from his counseling practice as well as practical instructions on how to do it. He has recently completed work on a new book, Polarization and the Healthier Church: Applying Bowen Family Systems Theory to Conflict and Change in Society and Congregational Life.

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