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Richard and Cheri Himmer

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Richard Himmer: BA from BYU-Provo in Political Science, an MBA from City University, a Master's degree in Psychology, and a PhD in Organizational Psychology from Walden University Cheri Himmer: B.A. Brigham Young University, M.A.T. University of Puget Sound

Classes Taught

  • The Five Tenets of Emotional Intelligence (Series 1, Part A)
    • Thu 10:20 AM
  • Researchers have found that up to 20 percent of our success in life is IQ related. Yet up to 60 percent of our success in life is related to our social skills, otherwise known as Emotional Intelligence. Research, stories, and case studies will highlight the five primary tenets of EI.

  • Creating a Safe Container for Children (Series1, Part B)
    • Fri 10:20 AM
  • The primary role of a parent is to teach children how to attach to and accept their community. Doctrine & Covenants 68 reminds parents that their role is to teach the principles of the gospel before the age of eight. A child, who lives in a safe space where principles are lived, has a high probability of following a more direct pathway back to God.

  • Intimacy in Marriage (Series 1, Part C)
    • Sat 10:20 AM
  • What it means to establish, develop, and live in a space of mutual trust and respect, starting with self-respect. Using the phrase in John 17:3, eternal life is to know God; we examine emotional intimacy (mutual trust and respect) as the baseline to understand what it means to know God and apply His love.

  • Taking 100 Percent Ownership For Your Emotional and Spiritual Happiness (Series 2, Part A)
    • Thu 11:40 AM
  • How to narrow the distance to God, family, and our Church community by taking 100 percent ownership. The importance of healthy boundaries in service and drawing closer to God.

  • The Anatomy of a Conversation (Series 2, Part B)
    • Fri 11:40 AM
  • Conversations are the window to the soul. The greatest gift one can bestow upon another is 10 minutes of undivided, neutral attention. Most people don’t listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to respond. They pause until the other person breathes, and then they share their point of view. Intelligence is not manifested by one’s ability to articulate a point of view, but rather by the ability to formulate and ask insightful, inviting, and neutral questions.

  • The Anatomy of a Conversation (Series 2, Part C)
    • Sat 11:40 AM
  • Using neuroscience and sports psychology, to introduce the art and science of conversation. In the previous class, we laid the foundation of holding safe conversations. In this class we will review the Rules of Engagement, discuss the Conditions of Satisfaction and then collectively practice the micro skills associated with developing trust and respect in all levels of relationships: from couples to parents, to family, to work and ultimately to God.

  • Incivility and Trauma (Series 3, Part A)
    • Thu 1:00 PM
  • Locating the source of our pain and maladaptive behavior. The workings of the subconscious, how PTSD and C-PTSD happen and what to do about them. One of the most challenging aspects of suffering from PTSD and C-PTSD is the lack of empathy from family members.

  • Repentance and Our Willingness to be Found (Series 3, Part B)
    • Fri 1:00 PM
  • In this class, we discuss Luke 15 and the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Prodigal Son. Using a foundation and knowledge of Middle Eastern culture and village life, we classify everyday behavior that provide us a deeper understanding of the healing process called repentance. This is also the difference between guilt (conscious) and shame (subconscious).

  • The Healing Power of Forgiveness: Why Mis-Takes Always Get Re-Takes (Series 3, Part C)
    • Sat 1:00 PM
  • The power of addiction and the sabotaging impact of the subconscious with the conscious and the separate roles of our brains. By locating the source of guilt also known as the Light of Christ (conscious) and the source of shame (subconscious), we can commence the healing process. Addiction and the science behind healing.