Teen dating abuse: Abusive dating relationships are at an epidemic rate with far-reaching implications for further violence both in personally and in society at large.  The culture teens are now living in make these relationships appear to be normal. 1:3 girls and 1:5 boys will be in a physically abusive relationship by the time they graduate from high school.

Domestic violence: Most women and men view domestic violence as physical abuse exclusively when in fact, most violent relationships are verbally or emotionally abusive. The effect of these types of relationships affects the workplace, children, the healthcare system, public assistance systems, friends and family.

Parenting teenagers successfully:  Teens often appear to be aliens to their parents and all those who work with them.  There are several simple "tricks" to communicating with teens effectively.

Helping children develop heallthy relationships:  The current MTV culture that children are bombarded with makes the development of healthy, respectful relationships difficult with parents, teachers, friends, and in dating relationships.  Adults living and working with kids can help combat the effects of the media if they know some simple rules.

Building healthy relationships (for adults):  Many—if not most—adults have been in dozens of unhealthy relationships with family members, in the workplace, with children, friends, and romantic partners.  Deciding what you deserve rather than letting others tell you what you deserve is just one of the many concepts workshop participants walk away with in building newer,  healthier relationships.

The effects of childhood pain on current adult relationships: It is said that the present is actually 70% driven by one’s past.  Most adults have not resolved the pain of their childhood and therefore bring it into current relationships, not only in romantic relationships but also in the workplace and in a repitition with their own children.

Teen mother issues: The ever-increasing teen mother population has wide-reaching implications for future generations.  These children are almost without exception born into abusive relationships in which mother doesn’t have the knowledge or ability to raise her child healthfully.  Since the vast majority of teen mothers keep their babies, it is imperitive that they receive appropriate life and parenting skills, understanding how her relationships and decisions affect her children.

Personal empowerment: Most people live reactively to others' demands and wishes without considering what they actually want themselves.  Those with a healthy concept of personal power are better employees, managers, parents, partners, and citizens.

Dr. Jill Murray has become the leading expert on the subject of teen dating abuse in the U.S. and Canada. She has appeared on more than 350 television shows—including twice on Oprah, 20/20, and Montel, Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, and several CNN shows—speaking as the guest expert in the field, as well as more than 300 radio talk shows. She has been interviewed by more than 250 newspapers and national magazines.

Dr. Murray has spoken before Congress in Washington, D.C. on behalf of a teen dating violence bill as an invited guest expert and has given press conferences on the subject at the National Press Club in the same city.

She is the author of the best-selling books, BUT I LOVE HIM—Protecting Your Teen Daughter From Controlling, Abusive, Dating Relationships—which has been used as a textbook in countless high school and college courses—and DESTRUCTIVE RELATIONSHIPS—A Guide to Changing the Unhealthy Relationships in Your Life. Her newest book, BUT HE NEVER HIT ME—The Devastating Cost of Non-Physical Abuse to Girls and Women has just been on amazon.com’s best-seller list and won the prestigious Publisher’s Choice award.

Dr. Murray is a highly sought-after guest lecturer at international conferences on domestic violence, personal empowerment and motivation, as well as ways to build healthy relationships.

Dr. Murray maintains a private practice in Laguna Niguel and a website—www.drjillmurray.com—at which she receives several hundred e-mails per week.Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
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