CONNECT Summit County to host workshop to help people improve relationships |

CONNECT Summit County to host workshop to help people improve relationships

Park City resident Dannielle Bryan is set to present a workshop about improving relationships on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Blair Education Center at the Park City Hospital.
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Those in the mental wellness profession know how influential a relationship can be on someone’s well-being. A healthy relationship can make a big difference.

CONNECT Summit County wants to help people in Park City develop positive relationships, which is why it is hosting a Transformational Relationship Dynamics workshop. The event is set to take place on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Blair Education Center at Park City Hospital. The event is co-sponsored by the Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance and Intermountain Healthcare.

Dannielle Bryan, a master practitioner of shamanic energy healing, is set to speak about relationship dynamics and provide tools for people to better understand the roles they occupy in relationships. Bryan is a Park City resident of 18 years.

She plans to focus on what is called a triangle of disempowerment, a model for relationships in which people play a continuous “role.” She said people tend to act as the victim, rescuer or persecutor, and then they develop often-harmful patterns with other people in their life. She plans to help people recognize what role they usually settle into, then provide them with tips to break the behavioral patterns that often cause conflict.

“This is something you can use in any relationship, whether that’s with your spouse, with your parents, with your kids or with people at work,” she said. “It’s a life skill.”

Bryan intends to speak for the first part of the event and then divide the audience into small groups so she can lead a hands-on workshop. She said resources and information will be available before and after the event for those interested in learning more about healthy relationship skills.

Sheri Fisher, the educational program director for CONNECT Summit County, said the event is part of the nonprofit’s goal to host more events throughout the year. When the nonprofit started in 2016, it focused primarily on hosting events during Mental Health Awareness Month in May. Fisher said the nonprofit’s aim is to have year-round programming.

As leaders at CONNECT Summit County brainstormed ideas for programming, the topic of healthy relationships came up.

“If you are strong in your relationships and you have a good support system, it serves as a protective factor for you and for families,” Fisher said.

Someone recommended that Bryan present, and Fisher got to work organizing the event. She said Bryan’s message aligned with the nonprofit’s mission to educate the county about mental health and provide resources to help those who are struggling. The workshop was originally intended for parents to learn how to improve relationships with their children, but Fisher said the message is applicable to everyone.

She said she hopes to grow the nonprofit’s educational offerings so it not only puts on events for large audiences, but also invites smaller groups. She plans to facilitate trainings about techniques related to mental wellness or go more in-depth about issues the community faces during the smaller events.

The event is free and open to the public, but attendees should be 16 years or older, Bryan said. To RSVP, send a message to