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The Practice of Empowerment

Facilitating Behavior Change & Deep Transformation

July 11, 2014 – July 13, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
David Gershon, Gail Straub
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David Gershon and Gail Straub are renowned for their pioneering work in the field of empowerment and their mastery of personal growth facilitation. Developed over three decades, their empowerment framework has been used by thousands of practitioners worldwide to enable profound transformation at the personal, organizational, community, and societal levels.

This weekend experiential empowerment training provides you with the knowledge and skills to apply the empowerment framework both professionally and personally. Together, we explore how to:

  • Help individuals shift from a pathological worldview to a visionary worldview and from a static to an organic model of growth, and achieve self-awareness and behavior change using the empowerment model, a structure for transformative change
  • Apply the empowerment methodology, a four-part strategy for transformative change to help individuals increase self-knowledge so they can discover what’s important to them, translate this knowledge into a compelling vision, identify and transform limiting beliefs that arise when creating something new, and develop the skills of directed thought to manifest their vision
  • Facilitate the empowerment coaching model, a how-to for personal transformation, to enable a person to create and manifest a new possibility, their growing edge

This empowerment training is appropriate for coaches, trainers, organizational development practitioners, therapists, social workers, community organizers, social entrepreneurs, managers, educators, health-care professionals, parents, and anyone wishing to empower others.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be better able to:

  • Develop competency in appplying the 3-part Empowerment Model (framework for transformation): shift from pathology to vision, shift form static to organic growth and integration of self awareness and behavior change
  • Apply the four-part Empowerment Methodology (behavior change operating system) – awareness, vision, transformation, growth.
  • Assess and describe how to transform the five core beliefs that make up a person’s unconcious worldview – self esteem, self responsbility, trust, flowing with change and postive attitude.
  • Apply the seven sources of personal power needed to sustain personal growth over time – commitment, discipline, support system, inner guidance, love, lightness, finding your own truth.
  • Create a learning and growth environment of safety and trust needed for individuals to risk deep personal change.
  • Apply the Empowerment Framework to facilitate behavioral change.


Continuing Education
  • NBCC - Certified Counselors +$35
  • SW/MFT - Social Workers and Counselors +$35
More Information

This workshop begins Friday at 7:00 p.m. and ends Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

Faculty recommends you read the following book in preparation for this course:

  • Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life as You Want It by Gail Straub and David Gershon
Things to Bring:

An unlined journal.

4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.Workshop
8:30 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
1:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.Workshop
7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.Workshop
8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.Workshop
1:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.Workshop

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty


David Gershon is a gifted facilitators of personal growth work who has pioneered the field of empowerment over the past three decades. He is codirector, with his wife Gail Straub, of the Empowerment Institute’s School for Transformative Social Change, and author of numerous books on empowerment.

Gail Straub

Gail Straub, a foremost expert on empowerment, codirects the Empowerment Institute's School for Transformative Social Change and is director of IMAGINE: A Global Initiative for the Empowerment of Women working with women in Africa, India, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Jordan. She also is the author of four books, including the best-selling Empowerment, the critically acclaimed The Rhythm of Compassion, and her award-winning feminist memoir Returning To My Mother's House.