For Relationship Awareness

October is domestic violence awareness month, which is fitting for a new lecture and workshop series about healthy relationships and self-esteem building that will be held at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton. 

Beginning today and running on Thursdays until Nov. 2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Stacey Naschke, a psychologist, will lead programs focusing on changing negative thought patterns through positive psychology, awareness, boundary building, positive self-talk, and self-esteem building skills. 

“We’re trying to get it out there to the community so people can have full awareness of healthy relationships,” Ms. Naschke said. “You also don’t have to be a victim of domestic abuse to get this information — it’s for everyone.” 

Not only does Ms. Naschke have firsthand experience working for seven years with victims of domestic abuse at the Retreat, an East Hampton organization that provides services for victims of domestic violence (and which is also sponsoring the workshops), her dissertation research developed cognitive behavioral conditioning for victims of domestic abuse. 

The workshops, which will involve various activities, and lectures will each be comprehensive but differ slightly throughout the four-week series for those who want to attend all of the programs. 

“They will concentrate heavily on healthy relationships, how to deal with specific things, and making better choices,” Ms. Naschke said. “Some sessions will be devoted to personal things, boundaries, and self-esteem. Some will deal with you in the world, and some with you and yourself.” 

The programs are an hour and a half, and child care will be provided. They are open to the public, but space is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 631-329-4398.