We offer the following programs:
of Intimate Relationship Skills"
To help couples . . .
Experience deeper intimacy and connectedness
Experience deeper levels of knowledge and understanding of each
Strengthen communication and conflict navigation skills
Promote a greater sense of “Us-ness” and bonding
Remove some of the accumulated relational pain
A full day professionally guided training in how to sustain a
For couples who are dating, engaged, newly wed, happily married,
struggling, divorced, separated or remarried
PAIRS For PEERS
PAIRS FOR PEERS offers age appropriate
educational programs for youths.
Their interactive programs are offered in the classroom and in
small group settings.
The youths are taught skills to enhance their communication,
build empathy, appreciate others, respect differences, and build
This program is fun and age appropriate. Lessons include brief
lectures, role play, interactive exercises, peer coaching,
imagery and journaling, as wall as group discussion.
10 GREAT DATES
Remember back to
your dating days?
Now you can reclaim that same spark, connection and creativity
through 10 Great Dates with 10 marriage enriching themes to
revitalize your relationship with fun, romance and intimacy.
What happens on a typical "Great Date?" You meet for a brief
gathering time with other couples and view a short video clip on
the theme by David and Claudia Arp (www.marriagealive.com),
get a chance to win the door prizes, and then go out on your own
for the rest of the evening. During the course of the evening
you have a short discussion exercise to work through that
reinforces the theme. That's it! Have a blast together!
- Choosing a High Priority Marriage -
Date Two - Learning to Talk -
Date Three - Resolving Honest Conflict
Date Four - Becoming an Encourager
Date Five - Finding Unity in Diversity
Date Six - Building a Creative Love Life
Date Seven - Sharing Responsibility and Working Together
Date Eight - Balancing Your Roles as Partner and Parent
Date Nine - Developing Spiritual Intimacy
Date Ten - Having an Intentional Marriage
Attend one or attend them all as you can!
Your church can start any time, too.
Cost: $10 for
the Book, 10 Great Dates by David & Claudia Arp
Dinner: On your own.
Childcare: Arrange your own sitter.
Contact: Jim and Marlene Campana for more information
The Foccus Comprehensive Premarital Training Program is a
premarital mentor training program offered by Marriage Builders
Family Resource Center. Mentor couples are trained to help
engaged couples learn how to build a marriage that lasts a
lifetime. Mentors bring a wealth of experience and insight
from their own marriage.
Three Program Goals of Mentoring
The engaged or seriously dating couple can
evaluate their relationship with the FOCCUS premarital
This inventory will help couples be sure
they are marrying the right person.
Foster a realistic understanding of what is
required to ensure a lifelong, committed relationship to God
and each other.
The primary objective of mentoring is listening
and facilitating dialogue, not lecturing or preaching. Good
mentors encourage engaged couples to express their thoughts and
feelings openly and honestly to each other within the framework
of a listening and loving atmosphere.
FOCCUS IS a research-based premarital INVENTORY of 156 basic
questions on marriage and of 33 additional specialized questions
on interfaith, remarriage, and cohabitation. This inventory can
provide the means by which a couple can OWN and SHAPE their
marriage preparation process. It is a tool to facilitate open
Relationship,Enrichment, Faciliating, Open
Couple Communication, Understanding and Study.
A refresher for couples who have previously participated in the
FOCCUS inventory program. ReFOCCUS explores how the relationship
has grown and helps pinpoint areas where further work is
necessary. It is ideal for couples who have been married for 5
years or more.
REFOCCUS is written to affirm and promote growth in strong
marriages; it is written to give direction and help to the
ordinary couple struggling with the daily questions of marriage.
REFOCCUS will surface through sharing, listening, discussion,
What individual and couple strengths and
weaknesses are in the topic area;
What growth has occurred over years in the
areas being “refocused”;
What feelings and thoughts both husband and
wife have about the area today;
What problem-solving is needed in the area;
What growth or change or development each
one, and the couple together, are ready to do.
How To Avoid Marrying A
Jerk(ette) / P.I.C.K. A Partner
towards dating relationships and partner-selection
skills for thinking about romantic relationships,
particularly about the importance of the connection between
knowing a potential partner and how much you trust, rely on,
or commit to that person.
used in a variety of settings, including youth and student
groups, military, social agencies and churches.
The P.I.C.K. A
Partner system is a premarital education course designed by John
Van Epp, Ph.D. to encourage active thinking about romantic
relationships and to provide class participants with useful
tools for analyzing their relationships. The goal is to help
participants learn to balance the influences of their mind and
their heart regarding their romantic relationships.
curriculum is based on the Relationship Attachment Model® (R.A.M.).
The R.A.M. system helps class participants to understand the
relationship between how well they know a potential partner
and how much they can trust, rely on, and commit to that
are taught the importance of building safe relationships
while knowing what to look for in a dating partner and an
accurate understanding of what that person would be like in
a long-term relationship.
Partner is available in a secular version, and a Christian
version which incorporates Bible study into the classes.
Teaching materials are available under both the "How to
Avoid Marrying A Jerk(ette)" and "Love Thinks" titles.
relationship inventories that assist couples in exploring
relationship strengths and areas for growth, assertiveness,
conflict resolution; developing personal, couple, and family
goals; and discussing budgeting and financial planning.
Participants complete 5 inventories then complete 4-6 feedback
sessions involving facilitated discussion based on inventory
results. Inventories created for a diverse array of couples,
from pre-marital couples to well-established couples over 50.
What are the major goals of the PREPARE/ENRICH Program?
There are six goals of the PREPARE/ENRICH Program. In order to
achieve these goals there are also six corresponding couple
exercises designed to help couples improve their relationship
skills. The six goals are:
Relationship Strengths and Growth Areas
Assertiveness and Active Listening Skills
how to resolve conflict using the Ten Step Model
the couple discuss their Family-of-Origin
the couple with financial planning and budgeting
on personal, couple and family goals