Relationship EducationMarriage and Family Workshops and Events.
What is it?
The Third Option is a skills-based group program that helps participants build stronger, more fulfilling marriages. Each 14-session cycle covers a comprehensive set of tools that couples can use to develop better understanding, sensitivity and trust while learning more effective speaking and listening skills.
What if I have a good marriage?
The skills we develop in The Third Option are helpful for any marriage, and couples attending our program range from those on the brink of divorce to those yearning to make a good marriage even better. Many couples assume that their marriage is strong and effective, and don’t invest the time to ensure that it grows better over time. Then, all it takes is a new stress- problems with jobs, kids, parents, or health- and even the best marriage becomes frayed or unraveled. Developing the right skills and sensitivity is the best way to ensure that a good marriage grows even better.
Do I need to attend every session, in order?
Each session stands alone, so couples can start anytime in the cycle of topics, and catch up later if they happen to miss a week or two. We encourage couples to attend every session and many couples find it takes two or even three cycles to build their marriage to the level they seek.
Building a Climate of Respect
Responsibility and the Blame Game
Redefining the Power Struggle
Control Issues in Marriage
Listening Beyond the Words
Personality Differences in Marriage
Childhood Issues and Emotional Baggage
Handling Anger Constructively
Speaking the Truth in Loving Ways
Resolving Conflict in Healthy Ways
The Hurt Cycle in Marriage
Forgiveness in Marriage
Building Trust in Your Marriage
You and your partner will learn to:
Strengthen your friendship
Increase intimacy and affection
Work through conflict with greater ease
Maintain relationship satisfaction
Create positive baby-child interactions
Ensure quality involvement for both parents
Reduce the incidence or severity of postpartum mood disorders.
Bringing Baby Home
Bringing Baby Home is a research based workshop dedicated to improving the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening their families. Developed by renowned relationship and parenting experts John and Julie Gottman, the Bringing Baby Home workshop is for those who are:
- Interested in having a baby
- Expecting a baby
- Already parenting an infant or toddler (0-3)
The goal of Bringing Baby Home is to equip you with the knowledge and skills sets needed to constructively cope with the various changes that typically occur during the first three years after your baby is born.
Workshops will be scheduled periodically throughout the year.
Many marriages today are hurting. And the more ways we can help the better! Along with offering professional counseling and a variety of marriage enrichment workshops and retreats, Friends of the Family is growing a network of trained Marriage Mentors.
These volunteer couples are equipped to come alongside another couple in a very structured and intentional process that has proven to be very effective in three different ways:
- Preparing a couple for marriage;
- Taking a marriage from good to great; and even
- Helping couples work through difficult issues and heal past hurts.
PASTORS/LEADERS: Partnering with Friends of the Family can be an effective way to begin building a marriage ministry for your church or organization – or enhance the strategies you are already pursuing. We provide training (initial and ongoing), resources, team support, and a professional safety-net so you can have trained Marriage Mentors.
MARRIED FOLKS: Do you have a heart for other marriages? If you have a solid faith and marriage, you could be just the encouragement that another couple needs to make it through a rough patch and/or help them find fresh joy in their relationship! But no “perfect” couples are allowed, so if that is you – sorry, but you’ll have to look elsewhere for training.