Prairie View planning conference for using, developing giftedness

Prairie View’s Learning Institute, in collaboration with Community in Schools of Marion County, Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro and Valley United Methodist Church of Marion, is planning an equipping conference for people interested in helping others develop and use their personal gifts.

“Discovering Your Unique Design” is the title of the two-day conference planned for Aug. 25-26 at the Parkview Activity Center. The program from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.

The event is designed for anyone who is involved in any way with counseling, youth groups, leadership, committees or Sunday school.

The presenter will be Robert S. Maris, who imagines the possibility of what life would be like if people could discover their one-of-a-kind design authored by God.

According to Nate Regier, vice president of Prairie View Process Solutions, “Bob Maris is a brilliant speaker and story-teller, exquisitely knowledgeable about Scripture, compassionate and down to earth.

“If you have ever wondered about your purpose, what makes you tick, how to better use your unique gifts to serve better, how to motivate and deal with negative behaviors better, this workshop will not disappoint you.”

Maris received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Alabama in 1972. He began working with Taibi Kahler 30 years ago on his Process Communication Model for understanding personality and communication styles.

Maris translated Kahler’s original model into a Christian frame of reference 12 years ago as “Your Great Design” and then, working with Jerry Richardson, into the ministry profile that is included in the “Servants by Design” curriculum.

Maris is currently in private practice in Little Rock, Ark.

The American Psychological Association, Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board for social workers, and the Kansas State Board of Nursing have approved this conference for continuing education credits.

Application has been made with the Association of Professional Chaplains for Continuing Chaplaincy Education credit.

The cost for Day 1 is $50 and includes an on-line assessment that will produce an individualized personality profile for use during the workshop. Attendance for both days is $70.

For those conference attendees who primarily work or serve Marion County residents, the cost is $25 for Day 1 or $35 for both days.

To allow time to take the on-line profile, registrations must be received by Aug. 10. A limited number of scholarships are available.

For additional information, contact Judy Janzen, Prairie View Learning Institute’s education coordinator, at 316-284-6412 or 1-800-362-0180, ext 6412.

A conference brochure can be downloaded at the Prairie View Web site by visiting the upcoming events section at

Maris has a Web site at

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