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The Marriage Meeting Program:
A Strength Based Approach for Successful Relationships

Previously Recorded

Presenter: Marcia Naomi Berger, LCSW

120 minutes

Learning Objectives:
  1. State the value of helping clients create more fulfilling marriages.
  2. Explain how societal changes bred new spousal expectations.
  3. Describe the benefits, structure, guidelines, and techniques for effective Marriage Meetings.
  4. Be able to explain to clients how to conduct each of the four parts of the Marriage Meeting agenda.
  5. Explain how using positive communication skills contributes to successful Marriage Meetings and to better relating in general.
  6. Describe how to use marriage meetings in therapy sessions to diagnose or identify issues to address in psychotherapy.
  7. Explain how to lead a workshop in which couples role play all four parts of marriage meeting with leader assisting and coaching.
  8. State how the marriage meeting tool is compatible with various therapies, self-help systems, and cultures.ehavioral, psychodynamic, emotionally focused therapy (EFT), and other therapy models
Agenda:

1. Introduction. A proactive approach fosters lasting, successful marriages. 

2. Learning objectives. 

3. The rationale for the Marriage Meeting Program: 

    • The high cost of failed marriages 

    • New expectations for a 21st-century marriage

    • Specific benefits of marriage meetings

    • How marriage meetings differ from couple therapy

4. The structure of a marriage meeting in couple therapy sessions and Marriage Meeting Workshops. 

5. Guidelines for marriage meetings: Time, place, etiquette

6. How to hold each part of a marriage meeting. Includes examples. 

The meeting’s agenda has four sections, conducted in this sequence:

    A. Appreciation 

    B. Chores/Responsibilities 

    C. Planning for Good Times 

    D. Problems and Challenges 

7. Communication Skills for Marriage Meetings 

    I-Statements, Congruent Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Self-Talk, Active Listening, Giving Constructive Feedback, Brainstorming for Solutions

8. Marriage Meeting As a Diagnostic Tool, with example 

9. How Marriage Meetings are Compatible with Different Therapy and Other Approaches: 

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • John Gottman’s Marital Therapy Model
  • Family Systems model (Virginia Satir)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Imago Therapy
  • Strategic Therapy approaches (Milton Erickson, Jay Haley)
  • Male/Female Communication Differences
  • Neuroscience/Neurobiology findings
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Twelve-Step programs                                                                                                                                                     

10. Multicultural and Lifestyle Considerations: African American, Latino, LGBT Cultures, Asian culture, American culture

11. Case Examples: Therapist Demonstrates Parts of a Marriage Meeting 

12. How to Lead a Two-Session Marriage Meeting Workshop 

      Session 1 Workshop Format: Couples learn guidelines and positive communication techniques. They roleplay each part of a marriage meeting and agree to hold a meeting at home before the second session.

      Session 2 Workshop Format: Participants report briefly on how their marriage meetings at home went. Review communication skills Demonstrate and role play to help fine-tune the use of tools and techniques.

13. Q & A about Marriage Meetings for clients, workshop participants, and others 

14. Questions and discussion with CE seminar participants.

 

Resources for further study:
Berger, Marcia Naomi. Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You've Always Wanted. Novato, CA: New World Library, 2014. Audiobook, 2020.

Butler, Pamela. Self-Assertion for Women. San Francisco: Harper-Collins, 1992.
———. Talking to Yourself: How Cognitive Behavior Therapy Can Change Your Life. Charleston, SC: BookSurge, 2008.

Gottman, John. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, New York: Three Rivers Press, 1999.

Johnson, Sue. Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love. New York: Little, Brown, 2008.

Kreidman, Ellen. Light Her Fire. New York: Dell, 1992. This and the next title are available as a CD set at www.lighthisfire.com/products.
———. Light His Fire. New York: Dell, 1991.

Wile, Daniel B. Couples Therapy: A Nontraditional Approach. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 1992.

This webinar offers 2 NYS ED Self Study Creditss

Today's divorce rate, and how it impacts individuals, families and society, shows a crying need for a proactive approach to creating fulfilling, lasting marriages. This course teaches clinicians and counselors how to introduce the marriage meeting tool to therapy clients and how to lead marriage meeting workshops for couples. It presents guidelines, positive communication skills, and explains step-by-step how to conduct the meeting's simple four-part agenda: Appreciation, Coordinating Chores, Planning for Good Times, and Problems and Challenges.

Learning Objectives:
  1. State the value of helping clients create more fulfilling marriages.
  2. Explain how societal changes bred new spousal expectations.
  3. Describe the benefits, structure, guidelines, and techniques for effective Marriage Meetings.
  4. Be able to explain to clients how to conduct each of the four parts of the Marriage Meeting agenda.
  5. Explain how using positive communication skills contributes to successful Marriage Meetings and to better relating in general.
  6. Describe how to use marriage meetings in therapy sessions to diagnose or identify issues to address in psychotherapy.
  7. Explain how to lead a workshop in which couples role play all four parts of marriage meeting with leader assisting and coaching.
  8. State how the marriage meeting tool is compatible with various therapies, self-help systems, and cultures.ehavioral, psychodynamic, emotionally focused therapy (EFT), and other therapy models
Agenda:

1. Introduction. A proactive approach fosters lasting, successful marriages. 

2. Learning objectives. 

3. The rationale for the Marriage Meeting Program: 

    • The high cost of failed marriages 

    • New expectations for a 21st-century marriage

    • Specific benefits of marriage meetings

    • How marriage meetings differ from couple therapy

4. The structure of a marriage meeting in couple therapy sessions and Marriage Meeting Workshops. 

5. Guidelines for marriage meetings: Time, place, etiquette

6. How to hold each part of a marriage meeting. Includes examples. 

The meeting’s agenda has four sections, conducted in this sequence:

    A. Appreciation 

    B. Chores/Responsibilities 

    C. Planning for Good Times 

    D. Problems and Challenges 

7. Communication Skills for Marriage Meetings 

    I-Statements, Congruent Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Self-Talk, Active Listening, Giving Constructive Feedback, Brainstorming for Solutions

8. Marriage Meeting As a Diagnostic Tool, with example 

9. How Marriage Meetings are Compatible with Different Therapy and Other Approaches: 

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • John Gottman’s Marital Therapy Model
  • Family Systems model (Virginia Satir)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Imago Therapy
  • Strategic Therapy approaches (Milton Erickson, Jay Haley)
  • Male/Female Communication Differences
  • Neuroscience/Neurobiology findings
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Twelve-Step programs                                                                                                                                                     

10. Multicultural and Lifestyle Considerations: African American, Latino, LGBT Cultures, Asian culture, American culture

11. Case Examples: Therapist Demonstrates Parts of a Marriage Meeting 

12. How to Lead a Two-Session Marriage Meeting Workshop 

      Session 1 Workshop Format: Couples learn guidelines and positive communication techniques. They roleplay each part of a marriage meeting and agree to hold a meeting at home before the second session.

      Session 2 Workshop Format: Participants report briefly on how their marriage meetings at home went. Review communication skills Demonstrate and role play to help fine-tune the use of tools and techniques.

13. Q & A about Marriage Meetings for clients, workshop participants, and others 

14. Questions and discussion with CE seminar participants.

 

Resources for further study:
Berger, Marcia Naomi. Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You've Always Wanted. Novato, CA: New World Library, 2014. Audiobook, 2020.

Butler, Pamela. Self-Assertion for Women. San Francisco: Harper-Collins, 1992.
———. Talking to Yourself: How Cognitive Behavior Therapy Can Change Your Life. Charleston, SC: BookSurge, 2008.

Gottman, John. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, New York: Three Rivers Press, 1999.

Johnson, Sue. Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love. New York: Little, Brown, 2008.

Kreidman, Ellen. Light Her Fire. New York: Dell, 1992. This and the next title are available as a CD set at www.lighthisfire.com/products.
———. Light His Fire. New York: Dell, 1991.

Wile, Daniel B. Couples Therapy: A Nontraditional Approach. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 1992.

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