- COMMUNITY MARRIAGE STRENGTHENING TRACK AT SMART MARRIAGES
> Diane,
> Our community is in great need of marriage strengthening. This will be our
> first conference. We're able to bring a team of three couples from our
> community and would like to focus our resources on building a community
> marriage coalition. We aren't sure what to take.

> - D & E

Key: ACF = Administration for Children and Families; CHMI = Community Healthy Marriage Initiative

Before I list sessions that are focused on the "how to" of forming community
initiatives, team building, funding, etc, I want to point out that the federally funded
Community Healthy Marriage Initiatives arcoss the country are based
solidly on marriage EDUCATION. Thus the ENTIRE conference is basically a tutorial on
"HOW TO" get yourself equipped and qualified as instructors to teach couples how to
strengthen marriage and prevent family breakdown – how to turn things around
in your community. Your team of six can certify as instructors in a range of marriage education
programs for dating, premarital, newlyweds, new parents, couples in trouble and on
the brink of divorce, stepfamiies, youth, fathering, parenting, low-income, ethnic, etc.
YOU MUST HAVE PROGRAMS THAT YOU CAN TEACH in order to form a Coalition or
make a change in your community. If six of you fan out and cover the bases, you can
return home prepared to teach a dozen programs to couples at any stage. Be sure to
check out the pre and post conference Training Institutes and the TOOB programs.

So, some of your team MUST focus on training and qualifying/certifying as
instructors in various programs while others of you can focus on the courses listed below
- the "how to" get organized workshops (grant writing, research and evaluation,
marketing, domestic violence guidelines, TANF set-asides, divorce legislation, teaching in youth settings,
prisons, health settings, etc.)

You will also be able to network with the ACF representatives at the conference,
stop at the ACF Exhibits and meet key national staff, and attend morning roundtables hosted by ACF
directors for African American and Hispanic initiatives.

Also realize that this annual, national gathering includes thousands of very generous people who will
share with you what has and has not worked in their community. Do not miss the many
NETWORKING opportunities - the Morning Roundtables, the Afternoon Teach-Ins, etc   This year
the concern is on losing the Healthy Marriage federal funding and/or in understanding what the
proposed changes in funding mean.  Be sure to attend the "Saving the Marriage Money" Teach-In Friday
at 5:15pm - for a scheudle vist:
http://www.smartmarriages.com/roundtables.html

- diane

Also see the Fragile Familes/Low Income; Faith-Based; Special Settings; Marketing; Mentoring TRACKS

 


These workshops & Keynotes will be recorded live at the
14th Annual 2010 Smart Marriages Conference and will be available on
DVD, CD or MP3 at 800-241-7785 or at
http://www.iplaybacksmartmarriages.com

Audio: CD or MP3/Ipod downloads $15.95 each.
Video DVDs are available of all Keynote sessions
- $29.95

Training Institutes will not be recorded. 

 

Key:
TOOB - Teach Out Of the Box program, click for prices and ordering info
FOOB - FREE Online Out of the Box program, click for web links
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Friday Workshops, July 9, 10:15–11:45am
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220
Strengthening Marriage in the Black Community
Diann Dawson, JD, MSW, Nisa Muhammad, Tera Hurt, PhD, Joe Jones
Black Marriage Day, community leadership, getting
denominations and organizations on board, fatherhood,
kids, special curricula – brainstorm ideas for revitalizing
Black marriages.

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Friday Workshops, July 9, 2-3:30pm
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312
Coaching Couples
Joseph Hernandez, PhD, Ana Morante, MS, CFLE
People do the best they know how but still end up in
pain and disappointment. Learn and practice coaching
skills the Family Wellness way to help couples fully
enjoy each other, rather than just co-exist.
 
313
Establishing a Marriage Ministry in Your Church
Richard Albertson, Rob Harrison, MA
Learn about the rich variety of effective, affordable,
mentor-based, easy-to-teach programs, do’s and don’ts,
and roadmaps for success.

314
Why Knot? Marriage-Readiness for Men – TOOB
Ken Gosnell, MDiv, MA
This program addresses the negative beliefs and
attitudes many men hold about marriage and moves
men and single fathers to a positive “readiness” view
of marriage.
 
315
Army Community Covenants
Michael Strohm, MDiv, Laura DeFrancisco,
Kelly Simpson, MA, Elizabeth Carroll, JD, CFLE
Strong marriages and families make for a strong
fighting force. The Army can’t do it alone. Learn how
civilian marriage & community programs can provide
support, especially with Guard and Reserve, but also
with active duty families.
 
317
The Building Strong Families Research
Robin Dion, MA
Understand the first round of rigorous research
evidence on how low-income unmarried couples were
affected by eight Building Strong Family (BSF)
relationship-strengthening programs.
 
319
Increase Your Website Traffic!
Elizabeth Thomas
150,000 people look online for marriage help every
month! Learn, in non-techie language and affordable
(free!) strategies, what it takes to get your website
ranked high – and reach them.
 
320
Does It Work?
Steven Harris, PhD, Andrew Daire, PhD
Anyone doing marriage education should track results
and measure outcome. Learn about both the process
and instruments – surveys, focus groups – proven
successful in a variety of settings.
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Saturday Workshops, July 10, 10:15–11:45am
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402
Family Wellness: Skills for Fragile Families
George Doub, MDiv, Erin Simile, MS
Teach skills to at-risk families – never-married,
teen, single parent, stepfamily, military, those
with abuse – to handle extraordinary challenges
and move toward greater stability.
 
408
Beyond Affairs: Prevention and Recovery
Anne and Brian Bercht
Learn how to establish a BAN peer-to-peer
support system for betrayed spouses in your
community – designed to enhance any
affair-recovery program. 2008 Impact
Award Recipient.

415
The Legacy Campaign
Rozario Slack, DMin, MDiv
We must stop the epidemic of fathering out of
sequence! Learn the tools to engage and teach
urban males Manhood first. Husbandhood second.
THEN fatherhood!
 
416
Asian-American Marriages
Paul Wu, PhD, MSW, MDiv
Understand the inter-cultural differences that
lead to conflict and a model of marriage mastery
that includes skills, spirituality, small group
networking.
 
417
Before the Falls: Divorce Reconciliation Project
Bill Doherty, PhD, Don Gordon, PhD
Divert divorcing couples using an online program
that teaches conflict resolution & cooperation skills
and engages attorneys and counselors who encourage
and teach the steps to reconciliation.

418
Marriage Education con Limón
Frank Fuentes, Alicia La Hoz, PsyD,
Joseph Hernandez, PhD, Enid Reyes
Understand the challenges, cultural values,
roles, and beliefs important to Latino couples
and how to strengthen Latino marriages in your
community.
 
419
Tech Boot Camp
Marc Payan
We can't change the world unless we reach
it! Learn how to appeal to 21st century couples
by honing your skills on the free and phenomenal
Facebook and Twitter internet resources.
 
420
Establishing & Sustaining Community Marriage Initiatives
Josephine Hauer, EdD, MTS, Karen Elliott, PhD, CFLE
Want to turbocharge your work to strengthen
marriage and fatherhood? Learn what it takes
(steps, resources) from ACF’s Healthy Marriage
Specialists working with non-funded community
partners and federal grantee
s.
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Saturday Workshops, July 10, 2–3:30pm
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515
Fatherhood and Marriage Education
Gil Coleman, Rita DeMaria, PhD
This program combines responsible fatherhood
& healthy marriage education for delivery to
low-income individuals and couples and was
designed based on interviews with fathers
and providers.
 
516
Presenting As a Couple
Dennis Lowe, PhD, Emily Scott-Lowe, PhD
Presenting marriage education as a couple
requires a special set of skills. Learn the
strategies, benefits, challenges and "rules"
of joint presentations.
 
518
Building Community Partnerships
Carolyn Curtis, PhD
Step-by-step blueprint to fill your classes & expand your
reach – secrets from the Sacramento HMI recognized
by HHS as tops in the field in developing successful
collaboration strategies.
 
         
520
Relationship Education and Health Care Reform
Jana Staton, PhD, Jennifer Baker, PsyD
Make the case: Relationship Education is the
missing link, essential to prevention – reduces
child maltreatment & teen risk behaviors, increases
safe, stable two-parent families & improves outcomes.

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Sunday Workshops, July 11, 10-11:30am
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607
Hitched (or Not) & Hatching
Jennifer Baker, PsyD, Derek Gwinn, MA, CFLE
Expectant parents are busy. Learn a realistic
alternative to multi-week programs – a fun-filled,
super-charged class that delivers a full-day of
relationship education. Involve community
sponsors for extra oomph.
 
611
Teaching Marriage to Undergrads
Arthur Nielsen, MD, Frank Fincham, PhD
Learn how to make marriage courses interesting
and meaningful in the lives – and future marriages
– of students. Bring your ideas and curricula to share.
 
613
Ethics Part I: Confidentiality
Mary Ortwien, MS, Rita DeMaria, PhD
How do you keep a couple’s personal business
confidential in ME classes? What if you learn of
abuse or dangerous behavior? Learn guidelines
for handling confidentiality dilemmas & referrals.
See #713.

614
ProSAAM: Strong African American Marriages – TOOB
Tera Hurt, PhD, Regero Sampson, MSW
Learn how to deliver this PREP-based, innovative
program to African American couples. Includes
effects of racism, using prayer for conflict
resolution and growth, and retention.
 
617
Domestic Violence: To Screen, Or Not To Screen?
Scott Stanley, PhD, Anne Menard, Patrick Patterson, MSW, MPH
That’s just one question marriage & relationship
educators must ask. How do we best protect –
and serve – couples? Lessons learned in the PREP
program plus tools & guidelines from the NHMRC.
 
618
Fine Tuning TOOBs
Brant Dykehouse, MSW
Learn how small adjustments to existing curricula
can adapt them to fit participants' culture, literacy,
family diversity, and orientation needs. You don’t
need to reinvent the wheel, realign it!
 
620
Grant Writing 101
Dennis Stoica, MBA
Understand the fine points of grant writing in order
to qualify for government and private foundation
marriage money.

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Sunday Workshops, July 11, 2-3:30pm
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713
Ethics Part II: Boundaries
Mary Ortwein, MS, Rita DeMaria, PhD
Prevent, contain, and resolve boundary, slippery
slope, & dual relationship challenges illustrated by
10 scenarios common to working with couples in
clinical or marriage education settings. See #613.
719
Prison Re-entry Programs
Teach marriage, relationship, & fatherhood skills
to strengthen families and reduce recidivism, plus
how to sell the idea to local officials; funding and evaluation.
Keeping FAITH (Families And Inmates Together in Harmony)
- Ron & Cathy Tijerina
Inside/Out Dads - Ken Gosnell, MDiv, MA - TOOB
PREP & Pick-A-Partner in Michigan prisons - TOOB
- Kelly Sigler, Jim Sheridan, JD, MBA

720
Skills for Immigrants and Refugees
Goli Amin, MSW
Culture affects everything – especially communication
& conflict.  Learn how to work with couples/families
from around the world. Innovative free tools, including
materials for Hispanic families.


Sunday July 11, 2010, 4 – 5:30pm
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810
Hot Latin Lovers: Latino Marriage
Joseph Hernandez, PhD, Ana Morante, MS, CFLE
We know the stereotypes: Latinos are passionate,
the men don't communicate, women are more
mothers than wives. Learn to use our strengths
to make our marriages nuestro "Vinculo mas Fuerte".                 


818
Marriage Rally: Teach-In
Transforming Communities Grassroots Style
Julie Baumgardner, MA, Nisa Muhammad
Learn what communities across the country
are doing to strengthen marriage and how you
can get started. Brainstorm about opportunities
– free media, the web, funding, volunteers, creating
buy-in – and how to avoid the stumbling blocks.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________

The sessions below were recorded live at the
13th Annual 2009 Smart Marriages Conference and are available on

DVD, CD or MP3 at 800-241-7785 or at
http://www.iplaybacksmartmarriages.com


Audio: CD or MP3/Ipod downloads $15.95 each.
Video DVDs are available of all Keynote sessions
- $29.95

P-11 Sat July 11, 7:30pm  - available on DVD
Saturday Night - Marriage Rally Teach In!
Transforming Communities with Grassroots & Internet Marketing
Julie Baumgardner, MS, CFLE,
Nisa Muhammad,
Marc Payan

Instead of jackhammers and chisels, we need to learn how to use everything on the Internet - social networks, widgets, twitters, ebooks - AND everything under the sun - movie nights and letters to the editor, jumbotrons and billboards, PSAs and quizzes, pamphlets and parades, mentors and foundations – to bring Marriage Education to the public. Join us for a high-octane Teach In. Learn what others are doing across the country to strenghten marriage and HOW you can tap in to what's free – or at least affordable. These experts will answer your questions, share what works, and steer you around the potholes.


WORKSHOPS:
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Thursday Workshops, July 9, 10–11:30am
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205
Happy Hometown Marriage Kit
Mary Ortwein, MS
Receive a free Kit and learn to mix TOOB’s, free
materials, and the Mastering the Mysteries of Love RE
program to affordably/effectively strengthen couples
& families in small town America.

212
Marriage Ministry Program
Ruth & Ralph Johnson, PhD
Developed in 110 parishes/churches, this highly-successful
program serves youth, the engaged, and couples while building
leadership and strengthening and energizing the church community. 

216
Strengthening Marriage in the Black Community
Diann Dawson, JD, MSW, Nisa Muhammad,
Patrick Patterson, MSW, MPH, Rozario Slack, DMin
Black Marriage Day, community leadership, getting
denominations and organizations on board, fatherhood,
kids, special curricula – brainstorm ideas for revitalizing
Black marriages.

219
Increase Your Website Traffic!
Elizabeth Thomas
150,000 people look online for marriage help every month!
Learn, in non-techie language and affordable (free!) strategies,
what it takes to get your website ranked high – and reach them.
   
220
Private Fundraising 101: Beyond the Feds
Kay Reed
Learn the basics for successful fundraising with individuals
and foundations: who, when, and how to ask. Develop a
strategic plan, choose your targets, hone your message,
create perpetuity.

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Thursday Workshops, July 9, 2-3:30pm
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317
Successful Marriage Ministries
Andrew Boswell, DMin, Terry Northcutt
Too many marriage ministries burn out through well-intentioned
but frenzied activities. This comprehensive, lay-led approach
provides services to couples at every stage and level of need. 

319
Marriage Tech Boot Camp
Marc Payan
We can't change the world unless we reach it! Learn to use
the latest low/no cost tools to appeal to 21st century wired
couples through Ning, Facebook, Blogs, Twitter, Widgets, etc.

320
Marriage Education and Health Care Reform
Jana Staton, PhD, Patty Howell, EdM, Lara Rezzarday, MPA
Marriage Education is the missing link in Health Care reform.
Make the case to national & local leaders with programs,
resources, and research about what can work in a health
care setting.

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Friday Workshops, July 10, 10:15–11:45am
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417
Marriage Education con Limón
Frank Fuentes, Rolando Díaz-Loving, PhD, Alicia La Hoz, PsyD
Understand the cultural values, roles, and beliefs that are
important to Latino couples and how to add Hispanic-focused
supplemental modules to your healthy marriage programs.

418
Divorce Reform Legislation Strategies
John Stemberger, JD, Bryan Fischer, MS, Mike McManus
Reform No Fault in cases of minor children with mutual consent
and a presumption of joint custody that could slash family breakdown
by 50%. Learn what's being done across the country.

419
Relationship Skills: Doing Time
Judge Jim Sheridan, JD, MBA, John Van Epp, PhD, Kelly Sigler
Ex-offenders with successful intimate relationships are
less likely to re-offend. Learn about teaching PREP and
Pick-A-Partner skills to inmates and how to sell this idea
to local officials.

420
Marriage: Corporate America’s Business?
Jeff Fray, PhD, Julie Baumgardner, MS,
Gary Oliver, PhD, Matthew Turvey, PsyD
Research makes the case: employees with healthy marriages
are more productive. Learn what HR executives say they need
and how marriage educators can deliver. Corporate examples.
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Friday Workshops, July 10, 2:15–3:45pm
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517
Fatherhood and Marriage Education
Gil Coleman, Rita DeMaria, PhD
This program combines responsible fatherhood and healthy
marriage education for delivery to low-income, urban couples
and was designed based on interviews with fathers and providers.

519
Taking it to the Streets
Gena Ellis, MS
Adapt any marriage education program to relate to the Hip Hop
Generation (ages 14-35). Use music & movies to build rapport
and create waiting lists through word of mouth buzz!  

520
Does It Work?: Evaluation
Steven Harris, PhD, Andrew Daire, PhD
Anyone doing marriage education should track results and
measure outcome. Learn about both the process and instruments
– surveys, focus groups – proven successful in a variety of settings.
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Saturday Workshops, July 11, 10-11:30am
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602
Community Marriage Policies (CMPs)
Mike and Harriet McManus
Learn how to organize a CMP in your area by creating
Marriage Savers Congregations that train Mentor Couples
to drastically reduce divorce and cohabitation rates, and
increase marriage rates.

609
Family Expectations
David Kimmel, PhD, Jay Otero, & host couple
This highly successful program uses irresistible strategies
to attract, retain, and provide marriage ed to low-income
married and unmarried couples as they prepare to welcome their babies.

610
Teaching Marriage to Undergrads
Arthur Nielsen, MD, Frank Fincham, PhD, Janette Borst, MS
Learn how to make marriage courses interesting and
meaningful in the lives – and future marriages – of students.
Bring your ideas and curricula to share.

614
Healthy Marriage/Healthy Church
Jay and Laura Laffoon
Marriages are the backbone of communities & churches. This
12-month, affordable, internet-based training presents 5 "E"-ssentials
to develop & sustain a successful mentor-based ministry. 

616
Reaching Men
Lorraine Blackman, PhD, and Indiana Marriage Coalition panel
Teach men how to make their good thing better: Lessons from
re-entry, addiction and fatherhood programs using the African
American Marriage Enrichment programs for couples and parents.

619
Recruitment: Lots of Pot and Food!
Kelly Roberts, MS, Scott Roby, Matthew Munyon, MS, Ryan Carlson, MA
You’ve built it; they aren’t coming. Get practical tips based
on research, internet analysis, and grant project experience
that will help any program maximize workshop attendance - legally!

620
Grant Writing 101
Dennis Stoica, MBA
Understand the fine points of grant writing in order to qualify
for government and private foundation marriage money.
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Saturday Workshops, July 11, 2-3:30pm
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716
It's Never Too Late: The Crossroads of Divorce
Bill Doherty, PhD, Alan Hawkins, PhD, Tamara Fackrell, JD
Learn the lessons from two innovative approaches that
work at reconciliation with couples who have already filed
for divorce using education, team, and community-based supports. 

719
Partner with Cooperative Extension
Ted Futris, PhD, CFLE, Wallace Goddard, PhD
This vast network of educators and researchers offers free
to low-cost programs and information and are obvious partners
for your community, marriage-strengthening, coalition-building
efforts.

720
Cultural Lens
Alexandra Flecky, MA, Goli Amin, MSW
Culture affects everything in marriage – especially
communication and conflict styles. Test your own lens and learn
to adapt programs to fit diverse populations and intercultural marriages.




Smart Marriage & Family Expo® - Seminars

Saturday July 11, 2009, 4 – 5:30pm
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817
Are You Media Ready!?
Dave Currie, PhD, Christie Rayburn
The media calls.  Are you ready?  What does a great radio/TV
interview look like? What's the best way to promote your book? 
Your cause?

818
Healthy Marriage = Healthy Women & Girls
Patty Howell, EdM, Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD
What do we want? Healthy Marriage! What do we need? Healthy
Marriage! Learn why Healthy, Stable Marriage should be the rallying
cry for the women’s movement and for anyone who cares about women’s
wellbeing.  
 

The sessions below were recorded live at the
12th Annual 2008 Smart Marriages Conference and are available
on CD or MP3 at 800-241-7785 or at
http://www.iplaybacksmartmarriages.com

Audio: CD or MP3/Ipod downloads $15.95 each.
Video DVDs are available of all Keynote sessions
- $29.95



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KEYNOTES (Available on DVD, CD, MP3)

P-1 The California Campaign - opening keynote, Wed July 2, 6:30pm

Dennis Stoica, MBA
As California goes, so goes the nation! California has set a goal of reducing its
divorce rate by 15%. Learn the steps it's taking to implement a state-wide Marriage
Education saturation model, to make programs and services accessible throughout the
state, and to carefully track the results. Californians: learn how to get involved.
Everyone else: learn strategies to transform your own state, community, or setting.

P-6 Fri, July 4, 12:45pm
Breaking Through: Tools of the Trade
Julie Baumgardner, MS, CFLE
Instead of jackhammers and chisels, we use jumbotrons and billboards,
PSAs and games, quizzes and surveys, pamphlets and parades – everything under the sun,
to break through into a new era of Smart Marriages and Happy Families.
and
The Couple Checkup
David Olson, PhD
People get a dental checkup annually and get the oil changed on their
car every 3,000 miles, but almost never get a checkup on their marriage.
The Couple Checkup helps couples identify their strengths and growth
areas and primes them to attend marriage education programs.


WORKSHOPS (Available on CD or MP3)

219
PAIRS: For Our Future/For Our Family
Andrew Daire, PhD, Matthew Munyon, MS
Three key tools (Relationship Road Map, Daily Temperature
Reading, Good Will Umbrella) in this 12-session course teach
low income couples skills to communicate, problem solve,
and build trust and commitment.

220
Changing the World Through Marriage Ministries
Dennis Stoica, MBA
Learn how and why Marriage Ministries are the most effective
action churches can take to make a positive impact on the world.
Don’t just preach love, teach it! Includes a roadmap to success.

306
Premarital Inventories: A User’s Guide
Lynda Madison, PhD, Peter Larson, PhD, Jeff Larson, PhD
Three of the best - FOCCUS, PREPARE and RELATE - are described,
with guidelines for use in premarital education and marriage enrichment.

319
Working with State Legislators
Chris Gersten, Maggie Russell, Dennis Stoica
Scott Haltzman, MD, and a panel of legislators
Learn to open doors, build relationships, and provide
compelling info on the benefits and feasibility of supporting
marriage. Plus what other states have accomplished including
"1% Solution" TANF set asides.


517
Healthcare Connection Strategies
Jennifer Baker, PsyD, Duane Nelson, MS,
Carolyn Curtis, PhD, Don Ferguson, PhD, Jana Staton, PhD
Learn how to provide marriage & relationship education
in health care settings – Relationship First Aid Kits, ob-gyn
connections, PPT for busy docs, and training health care
providers for brief interventions.

519
Research and Evaluation: The Basics
Rita DeMaria, PhD, Scott Gardner, PhD, Patty Howell, EdM
Anyone doing marriage education should be tracking results
and measuring outcome. Learn the basic tools and concepts
you need to get started.

520
Caring for My Family – FOOB
Dawn Contreras, PhD, Holly Lacina
This FREE skill-based program helps low-resource,
unmarried expectant and new parents set goals and
assess what’s best for them and their child regarding
marriage or ongoing father involvement.

611
Teaching Marriage to Undergrads
Arthur Nielsen, MD, Dennis Lowe, PhD,
Emily Scott-Lowe, PhD, Frank Fincham, PhD
Learn to make marriage courses interesting and meaningful
in the lives and future marriages of students as well as offer
innovative campus-wide endeavors including involving
students as educators.

614
Community Marriage Policies (CMPs)
Mike and Harriet McManus
Learn how to organize a CMP in your area by creating Marriage Savers
Congregations that train Mentor Couples to drastically reduce
divorce and cohabitation rates, and increase marriage rates.

618
Domestic Violence: Keep It Safe
Kay Bradford, PhD, Jason Whiting, PhD, Erik Carlton, MS
Learn to develop an effective DV protocol for any
marriage education setting. Includes screening, safety planning,
gender/culture sensitivity, and development of referral
sources. Sample protocol provided.

619
Skills 101
Ron Deal, MMFT
It’s not just what you teach, but how you teach it
that creates behavioral change. Learn a whole new tool
bag full of fun, engaging techniques to improve your
effectiveness as a marriage & family educator.

718
Hit Your Targets
Jennifer Baker, PsyD, Derek Gwinn, MA
Learn to adapt marriage/relationship programs to reach
a range of populations: good ole boys, newlyweds, stepfamilies,
couples owning a business, planning a wedding, having a baby, etc.

719
Texas: How’d They Do It!?!
Daphine Lambert, PhD, Jeff Johnson, Maggie Russell, Erin Kincaid
In 2007, a grassroots coalition passed major legislation that
provide $15 million in state marriage education funding. Lessons
learned, challenges, and guidelines for your state.

818
Marriage Rally: Teach In
Transforming Communities Grassroots Style
Julie Baumgardner, MA, Nisa Muhammad, Jim Sheridan, JD, MBA
Learn what communities across the country are doing
to strengthen marriage and how you can get started. Brainstorm
about opportunities – free media, the web, funding, volunteers,
creating buy-in – and how to avoid the stumbling blocks.


The sessions below were recorded live at the
11th Annual 2007 Smart Marriages Conference and are available
on CD or MP3 at 800-241-7785 or at
http://www.iplaybacksmartmarriages.com

Audio: CD or MP3/Ipod downloads $15.95 each.
Video DVDs are available of all Keynote sessions
- $29.95



757-320 (This one is repeated annually, but we suggest you listen to past
recordings to get all the background you can)
Getting State Money: The 1% Solution
Chris Gersten
Learn how to access state marriage money – how to open doors
and build relationships with state and federal elected and appointed
officials.


757-419
Oklahoma Update
Scott Stanley, PhD, Mary Myrick, Kendy Cox,
Lessons from a state-wide TANF-funded initiative to strengthen
marriage with a focus on volunteer training models and programs
for schools, prisons, low-income single parents and child-bearing couples

757-420
It’s All About Teamwork
Jennifer Baker, PsyD, MFT, Julie Baumgardner, MA, CFLE
Staff and Board missteps can sink your community marriage ship.
Learn key strategies to recruit, select, manage, and inspire (paid or
volunteer) team members, avoid the pitfalls, and reach your goals.


757-520
Harness the Internet: Marriage Resource Centers
Dennis Stoica, MBA
Learn to build a website for your marriage project or
Community Marriage Resource Center. Increase access to
local marriage programs. Includes FREE templates and instructions.

757-614
Marriage Education for Good Ole Boys
Jennifer Baker, PsyD, MFT
Learn to supplement existing marriage programs with
film clips, Country music, humor and stories to engage
often neglected low-income white couples.

757-818
Marriage Rally: Teach In
(Repeated annualy, but we suggest you listen to past
recordings to get all the background you can. Each year is different and crammed
with ideas you can use.)
Transforming Communities Grassroots Style
Julie Baumgardner, MA, Nisa Muhammad, Jim Sheridan, JD, MBA
Learn what communities across the country are doing to
strengthen marriage and how you can get started. Brainstorm
about opportunities – free media, the web, funding, volunteers,
creating buy-in – and how to avoid the stumbling blocks.


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Each of the sessions listed below was recorded live at the
10th Annual 2006 Smart Marriages Conference and is available on
CD or MP3 at 800-241-7785 or at
http://www.iplaybacksmartmarriages.com

Audio: CD or MP3/Ipod downloads $15.95 each.
Video DVDs are available of all Keynote sessions
- $29.95




756-P1 - Keynote (Available on DVD, CD, MP3)
Wade Horn: Marriage and Public Policy
Assistant Secretary for Children and Families/HHS
We've come a long way from asking if there is a role for the federal
government in promoting healthy marriages, to what should the
government do. The President's point-man on marriage will
discuss how the $100 million a year allocated by Congress
will help couples choosing marriage get the tools and skills they
need to form and sustain healthy marriages.

756-P4 - Keynote (Available on DVD, CD, MP3)
Diann Dawson, Frank Fuentes, Bill Coffin
"ACF Teach In: Nuts, Bolts & $100 Million a Year" - Ask your questions
about creating & funding a Community Marriage Initiative

756-418
Marketing Chattanooga Style
Julie Baumgardner, MS
Learn strategies that use both paid and free advertising
to get out the message about marriage, fathering and
abstinence and increase participation in community
marriage events and classes.

756-516
Getting State Money: The 1% Solution
Chris Gersten, Krista Sisterhen, Mary Myrick
Learn how to access state marriage money - how to open
doors and build relationships with state and federal elected
and appointed officials.


756-817 – Marriage Rally: Teach In (Repeated annualy, but we suggest you listen to each year's
recordings to get all the background you can. Each year is different and crammed
with ideas you can use.)
Transforming Communities Grassroots Style
Julie Baumgardner, MA, Nisa Muhammad, Jennifer Baker, PsyD, MFT
Learn what communities across the country are
doing to strengthen marriage and how you can
follow their lead. Brainstorm about opportunities
– free media, the web, funding, volunteers, creating buy-in
- and how to avoid the stumbling blocks.



If you're serious about organizing a Community Healthy Marriage Initiative and going after funding, I strongly
encourage you to not only attend the Smart Marriages conference to learn AND NETWORK, but, also, to
listen to the wisdom that has gone before. LISTEN to past sessions and get "in the know" - its a wonderful
tutorial on what has gone before presented by your very generous colleagues 2003-2007: click for listings.


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