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Rx for Dealing with Toxic People

by Greg Shea

Have you ever had someone blame you for a situation you did not create? I have. I think you should join me for I Am REALLY Upset, and, of Course, YOU Are Responsible, a six-week interactive workshop facilitated by Professor Susan Rice. She will guide us as we explore the fallacies behind this often thought––and sometimes stated––mindset we have when we encounter difficult situations and difficult people. Susan has a special way of communicating this information that always leaves me with a smile and genuine insight into how to face these real-life situations confidently, with compassion and empathy, and to achieve constructive results.
Susan Rice has a large following of CSULB and OLLI students that continue to attend her classes and have learned, laughed, cried, and grown stronger as a result of her  instruction and genuineness. The classes are structured to encourage participation and discussion. I use a technique of asking questions for “my friend,” but I always get the impression that Dr. Rice sees through my ploy––with a knowing smile as she helps resolve “my friend’s” problem.
Using principles of non-violent conflict resolution, cognitive–behavior therapy, cognitive-interpersonal therapy, and rational-emotive therapy, Susan will give us a series of tools to use when encountering situations that are frustrating or problematic. Susan shows us that it is possible to deal effectively with people who chronically complain, who are constantly critical, who are demanding and self-centered, and who refuse to listen. She provides a practical guide to help us become able to re-frame these situations in a new perspective and develop relationships that are constructive and supportive. Note: chocolate chip cookies have been known to appear in this classroom when Susan teaches.

New Member Orientation

by Karin Covey

For the past few years, the Member Services Working Group has hosted New Member Orientations twice a year. Although these events are open to all OLLI members, the focus is on providing new members an opportunity to learn more about OLLI and the CSULB campus, to meet other OLLI members and to have their questions answered.
The summer orientation was held on Saturday, August 11. “OLLI Bingo” has become a staple of the events – an excellent way to meet new people.
The next New Member Orientation is scheduled for Saturday, February 9, 2019. Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to attend.