Third communication skills workshop complete! Next up, STEP for parenting.

  1. Completed Workshops – We finished our third communication skills workshop in January and our second conflict resolution workshop in March, 2015. These programs were well received, and participant feedback was that they were positive, informative, and helpful.
  2. Our Next Workshop – Our next offering of the STEP program (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) will begin the second half of May, 2015. It will be held at Assisi Heights. STEP is a well designed and researched program for parents who want to learn strategies, skills, and concepts to improve their relationships with their children. See our parent education page for a description of the STEP program. Contact Us to register for this outstanding parenting program.  


Duane Nelson

Born and raised in the Minneapolis, Duane is a Marriage and Family Therapist who has made his home in Rochester for the last 25 years. Duane has been married for 33 years to his wife, Cathy. The two met while doing music at the same church in Minneapolis. Duane and Cathy have two adult daughters, and the family love to travel and play cribbage together. Duane plays guitar and percussion, and the couple still make music together. Duane enjoys gardening, cookouts, hiking, reading, downhill skiing, and hanging out with friends. Duane holds three graduate degrees, two mental health licenses, and two major counseling certifications. He has worked professionally for 37 years in addiction treatment, mental health, clinical social work, pastoral counseling, and marriage and family therapy. Duane is widely regarded as an expert in marriage and family therapy. Following his retirement from Mayo Clinic, Duane founded Healthy Relationships Rochester. This innovative organization is based on developing the concept of Relationship Intelligence through teaching and disseminating best-practice relationship education and skill training programs in a variety of non-clinical settings.