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The Power of the Spoken Word: Meaning, Expression, and Reception

  • 9710 Park Plaza Avenue, Suite 204 Louisville, KY 40241 USA (map)

As Christians, mental health professionals, and ministry leaders, we deal in words every day.  Do we really realize and remember the power of the spoken word?  In the beginning, God created by speaking words.  Words have the power to create or destroy, to comfort or disturb, to calm or disrupt.  The power of words is found in what they mean, how they are expressed, and how they are received by others.  The words we choose and the way in which we express them can make the difference in whether our message is heard and received or misheard and rejected.  It can make the difference between healing and harm.  The way in which we listen and respond to others’ words can make a difference as well.  Some of the principles of Collaborative Language Systems Therapy can aid us in improving the ways in which we think about words, the ways in which we use our words, and the ways in which we respond to the words of others.   

Mary Badami is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a nationally approved supervisor, and chair of the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Marriage and Family Therapy.  She has served as assistant professor of family ministry and counseling at Louisville Bible College.  She has co-presented workshops on Kentucky Law for Supervisors, Kentucky Supervision, and Ethics around the state.  She co-authored a faculty guide and student guide for Premarital Counseling for use in an accelerated program. She has spoken to various groups both professionally and in the church.  Mary’s passion is working with students and associates on the path to licensure to insure they are well trained.   

Cost is $10 ahead of time (via the sidebar or get involved page) or $12 at the door. Students are $5.