The mentor couple's truth: "It's one of the most beautiful compensations in life – that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping oneself."  - Ralph Waldo Emerson

There isn't a session at this conference that wouldn't benefit lay mentor educators
including ALL 23 keynotes, ALL 35 pre and post conference training Institutes, and especially the
TOOB ("teach right out of the box") programs – all of which are perfect for mentors to teach in
their congregations and communities. While lay educators are warmly encouraged to attend
any and all sessions, especially the Training Institutes which we won't list because we'd just
list all of them as "ideal for mentor/lay educators" we'll list below some of the breakour workshop
sessions that are more targeted at creating mentor-led church or community based marriage ministries or the courses that might better lend themselves to that application - sessions that might be of the most
practical interest to mentor/lay educators.

Also note that marriage education courses are more effective (and more fun!) when taught by couples
so bring your spouse and get trained together.

And, if you're hoping to create a marriage ministry in your church, expand the
team - try to bring five or six couples.  That way you can fan out and cover all the bases (and take
advantage of the group & couples discounts) and have a support group when you return home. 

Team members can specialize – get trained 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'll 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.

If you bring a team you have the luxury assigning some to focus on the "how to" workshops –
the nuts and bolts of
organizing and sustaining a mentor-led, church-based marriage-ministry

– mentor recruitment and training, marketing and retention, grant writing & funding, research
and evaluation, domestic violence guidelines, outreach to youth marriage education, health
care settings, & prison ministries, etc.

No matter how many you bring, be sure to take advantage of the wonderful networking opportunities
to talk with those that have been there, done that - who will generously
share what has, and has not, worked in their own church/community-based marriage ministries.

Do not miss the many NETWORKING opportunities - the Morning Roundtables Fri, Sat, Sun
(the Marriage Ministries Roundtable is all about sharing strategies):

If you have the luxury of a team, be sure at least a few of you attend the special Gary Chapman TRAINING INSTITUTE: #118 on Thursday July 8 where he'll emphasize church-based marriage ministries taught by marriage mentors.  and session #313 Friday Afternoon: "Establishing a Marriage Ministry in Your Church" - concentrated wisdom.

- diane

Mentors, also check these other Tracks/topic areas to find specific programs:

Faith Based
Fragile Famiies/Low Income
TOOBs -The complete list of Teach Out of Box Programs
Domestic Violence
Parenting/Fatherhood Programs
School/Youth Programs
Community Initiatives
Special Settings

These sessions 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

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


P-1 6:30pm, Thurs, July 8
The Adventure of the Future
Gary Chapman, PhD, Dennis Stoica, MBA, Kay Reed
Explore reasons for optimism as we head into a new decade
and recalibrate with a focus on Smart Targeting, Smart Innovation,
and Smart Delivery to reach our goal: Smart Marriages and Strong,
Healthy Families – for generations to come. Gary Chapman will
address the need for churches to have effective marriage ministries.
P-3 Friday, July 9, 12 noon
Awards Luncheon Plenary
Amanda's 39th Birthday
Miriam Grossman, MD
There is an epidemic of infertility in our country, an epidemic - along
with the heartache and expense that accompanies it - that is is 100%
avoidable. Yet health providers and sex educators fail to teach young
women the truths about fertility; they focus exclusively on the
prevention and termination of pregnancy. Important research and information
for mentor educators to take back to their communities.

P-4 Friday, July 9, 3:45pm
It Takes a Village
John Van Epp, PhD

We suffer the lowest marriage rate in history, the result of young adults postponing marriage
- often delaying so long that they never marry.  Our greatest challenge is reaching
these never-married/twenty-somethings with information that will help them understand
the benefits of marriage and that will give them the confidence that they can succeed at it.
While it's true that it takes strong marriages to create strong villages, the village is also responsible
for creating strong marriages – for regenerating itself. Before it's too late.  Mentor couples
are the front lines of this effort.

B-Friday, July 9, 7pm
Becoming Better Husbands
Bill Doherty, PhD
We all know how it works - women are the relational leaders; men take their cues from
their wives or resist their lead. Learn about working with men who want to become
better husbands using a
unique group experience to be used in any community
marriage strengthening effort whereby men learn to focus on
self-change without asking their wives to change, and without even asking their wives
to help them change – a bottom up strategy by which men define their own goals. 

P-7 Saturday, July 10, 3:45pm
Keeping FAITH (Families and Intmates Together in Harmony)
Ron & Cathy Tijerina, Sherod Miller, PhD

This nationally recognized “promising practice” prison
reentry program for incarcerated fathers taught by lay mentor couples
combines Couple Communication and Fatherhood
skills to reduce recidivism by 62%.

P-8 Saturday Night Live, July 10, 7:30pm
Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice
John Gray, PhD
Our marriages can only be as good as we feel!
Learn how to help couples do a "do-it-themselves" tune-up
and get their engergy and their love up where it belongs. 


P-10 Sunday, July 11, 11:45am
Lunch Plenary
Connection, Connection, Connection
Marshall Howard, JD
Julie Baumgardner, MS, CFLE
Learn specific guidelines to raise money to fund your community efforts
through the power of genuine connections.
P-11 Sunday, July 11, 7:30pm 
Marriage Comedy Cafe
Yakov Smirnoff, Jay and Laura Laffoon, Kerri Pomarolli and Ron McGehee

Learn how to use humor to help deliver your marriages messages.
Laugh often, laugh loud...laugh until you gasp for breath, together!

Training Institutes will not be recorded. 

The Five Love Languages – TOOB
Gary Chapman, PhD
Help couples learn to speak their spouses’
“love language”, make the transition from the
“in love” to the “covenant love” stage and avoid
the trap of getting the “tingles” for someone
other than their spouse.
Mindful Marriage
Pat Love, EdD, Jon Carlson, PsyD
Learn to apply mindfulness techniques, practiced
for over 2500 years, as an add-on to marriage
counseling or education to increase awareness,
kindness, acceptance, and love.
The Couple Checkup
Peter Larson, PhD, Ron Deal, MMFT
Add this research-based online assessment to
improve premarital (dating, engaged, cohabiting),
married, or remarried programs. Free Discussion
Guides, Leader’s Guide & Group Reports.
Keeping Love Alive – TOOB
Michele Weiner-Davis, MSW
This solution-oriented, strengths-based Divorce
Busting program can help even last-ditch couples
avoid divorce, even if only one spouse attends.
Teach classes or use the techniques in your practice.
ThriveSphere – TOOB
Sherod Miller, PhD
Learn to facilitate this comprehensive cost-effective,
web-based inventory for premarital and marital
self/partner/relationship awareness. Part 2 training
online at your convenience. Usually $85, here it’s FREE.
The 7 Stages of Marriage – TOOB
Rita DeMaria, PhD
Give couples a roadmap to help them understand
the journey, anticipate the stages, and succeed at
the mission with commitment and passion intact.
Use with any marriage education program.
Celebrate Your Marriage – TOOB
Jay and Laura Laffoon
This 8-session, DVD, faith-based program teaches
5 essential actions that foster an environment of hope.
Humor driven, interactive. Use with any marriage
education program.
The Future of Monogamy
Peggy Vaughan
It's time to tackle the patterns of serial marriage
and serial/temporary monogamy that threaten to
make long-term marriage almost obsolete. Q & A
about affairs, monogamy and future strategies.
Smart Steps for Stepfamilies – TOOB
Francesca Adler-Baeder, PhD
Learn key strategies to supplement any marriage
education program or create a stand-alone class
for stepcouples and children. Information for work
with ethnic minorities.

1-2-3 Magic
Tom Phelan, PhD
Teach parents easy-to-follow steps for disciplining
kids ages 2-12 without arguing, yelling or spanking
and when – and how – silence can speak louder
than words.
Money Habitudes: The Last Taboo – TOOB
Syble Solomon, MEd
A unique card deck gives instant, life-changing
insights into attitudes about money. Teach groups,
use with individuals, couples, youth, or add to any
marriage program.
Sex and Romance in the Biblical Marriage – TOOB
Hon Jim Sheridan, JD, MBA
Scripture describes marriage as a relationship
between equals filled with passion and love. Learn
how to put this into practice with disagreements,
sex, and the realities of lifelong marriage.
Start Smart: The 50 Year Plan – TOOB
Richard Albertson
Give couples a powerful start with a comprehensive
program that includes a new, affordable inventory,
workbooks, communication skills, finances, and
Heart Rhythm Practice
Dan McMannis, MEd, Jana Staton, PhD
Teach couples a new way to reduce stress, heal
old wounds, increase trust, optimism and connection
by synchronizing heart, body & brain in a positive,
energetic state. Experiential.

Married and Loving It – TOOB
Barbara Petty, PhD
This 5-week, skill-based program always has full
classes and waiting lists. Learn what makes the
program so successful and how to replicate it in
your community.
Love Notes – TOOB
Marline Pearson, MA
Use activities & PREP skills to reach youth 16-24
at risk for unplanned pregnancy/single parenting
to help them form healthy relationships & “get”
the connections between marriage, fatherhood &
child wellbeing.
HOPE Weekend: Educational Intensives
Rick Marks, PhD, Tabitha Staier, PhD, CFLE
This program combines attachment, communication,
emotional regulation, self-awareness and self-management
skills with principles of faith to restore marriages in crisis.


Friday Workshops, July 9, 2-3:30pm

Love Without Hurt
Steven Stosny, PhD
Learn how to use this approach in marriage education
settings to help overcome entrenched resentment, anger,
verbal and emotional abuse BEFORE you try to teach
communication skills.

Warm Things Up!
Katherine Robredo, MSW, Maureen Griner, MA
Learn to be a great marriage educator with 20 icebreaker
activities to enliven any class and enhance group learning.
Plus tips on adult learning styles and dealing with difficult
Dating and Cohabiting Couples
Scott Stanley, PhD, Galena Rhoades, PhD
The latest research on relationship formation and
commitment identifies the most effective ways to
recruit and work with dating and cohabiting couples
and singles to impact their future marital success.
Through Sickness
Hank Sibbing, JD, MS, Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD
Illness can strike any time, but as we age sickness
increases and marriage becomes less about fun and
romance and more about survival and coping. Learn
crucial deep love practices to help couples deal with
these life changes.
10 Great Dates – TOOB
Claudia and David Arp, MSW
This widely-used program for churches & communities
combines fun with marriage skills & opens doors for
other programs! Latino, Korean. New: Before You
Say I Do version.
Basic Training: Men, Women and Marriage – TOOB
Rozario Slack, DMin, Nisa Muhammad
Two straight-talking curricula developed in the crucible
of the Black experience. Teach Black men and women
the principles and skills to create and sustain successful
Hot Monogamy: The Sexy Brain
Pat Love, EdD
A sexy brain is not only the cure for the lazy libido but
it's all you need to create an exciting love life. Come
learn the basics – as well as the secrets of sexually
satisfied couples.
Stepfamily 911: Crisis Intervention – TOOB
Carri Taylor, Gordon Taylor, MA
First marriages and remarriages are as different as
apples and oranges. Use the right paradigm and tools
& you can calm even the hottest issues (parenting,
money, boundaries) and avert disaster.
Active Parenting Makes Strong Marriages – TOOB
Michael Popkin, PhD, Merrilie Rackham, MS, CFLE
Parenting stresses marriage. Learn how to add effective,
easy-to-teach parenting education to your marriage
classes to bring couples in the door.
Prepare-Enrich-Inspire for Teens – TOOB
Jessica Pool, MS, Amy Olson-Sigg, MA
Based on decades of (P/E) research, P-E-I explores
how relationships impact quality of life and teaches
skills necessary for teens to create healthy
relationships (now and in the future).

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
the Family Wellness way to help couples fully
enjoy each other, rather than just co-exist.
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.

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.
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.
Mentor-Powered Programs
For Better and For Ever - Robert Ruhnke, DMin – TOOB
Recruit and train couples to mentor the engaged in
communication, responsibility, and family-of-origin
issues. Catholic (en Espanol), Protestant & secular editions.
The Third Option - Pat Ennis, MSW – TOOB
Give couples in your church or community a 3rd Option.
Not endurance, not divorce. This enrichment/crisis group
program is on-going. Couples attend as needed.
Genograms – TOOB
Rita DeMaria, PhD
Easy-to-use tools explore family patterns (cut-offs,
legacies, addictions, etc) that influence relationships
plus 5 exercises to strengthen love and commitment.
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.
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.

Saturday Workshops, July 10, 10:15–11:45am

IMAGO Dialogue
Harville Hendrix PhD, Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD
Structured dialogue, the very core of the powerful
Imago model, helps couples learn to switch from
monologue to dialogue and from judgment to
curiosity and affirmation to make important
new love connections. Experiential.
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.
Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It!
Pat Love, EdD, Steven Stosny, PhD
Learn an approach that combines brain research
and a set of brief behaviors guaranteed to strengthen
marriage. Best of all, men can do it without feeling
they have to behave like women.
Marriage LINKS – TOOB
John Van Epp, PhD
LINKS (Lasting Intimacy through Nurturance,
Knowledge and Skills) teaches the Relationship
Attachment Model (RAM) for maintaining intimacy,
trust, sexuality, forgiveness and mutuality.
Sherod’s Squares
Sherod Miller, PhD
Get to the heart of a relationship in two minutes
with this powerful, engaging non-verbal technique.
Use in classes or clinical settings for uncannily
accurate assessment and intervention.
Ecstasy Without Guilt
Joe Beam
Understand the inherent causes of “low” and “no”
sex marriages and an approach to help more
“conservative” couples find excitement and fulfillment.
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.
Mastering the Mysteries of Stepfamilies
Nancy Landrum, MPsy
Use tools like The Nails game, True/False Quiz,
the Stepfamily House, Stumbling & Building Blocks
Guidelines to help stepcouples learn how to manage
the challenges over which they have control.

ScreamFree Marriage
Hal Runkel, MS
A revolutionary program that helps couples
calm down, grow up, and get closer by learning
to embrace conflict and practice a calm
self-representation as foundations of a
great marriage.
Mindful Way Through Alcohol Abuse
Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD
The Mindful Way, through tools like breathing
and "urge surfing", helps couples and families
achieve balance & learn either to use alcohol in
moderation or maintain their goal of abstinence. 
The Prayer Journal – TOOB
Scott Stanley, PhD, Tera Hurt, PhD,
Regero Sampson, MSW
Create powerful, lasting change by engaging
deeper meaning systems. Use with individuals
or couples, in counseling or education, as an
add-on to any program, in couples, men’s groups, etc.
The Second Half – TOOB
Claudia and David Arp, MSW
Teach empty nesters to reinvent their marriage,
avoid divorce, and make the rest the best. Great
for mentor couples to teach in church or community.
Bonus "Dates for Empty Nesters" material.
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!
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
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.

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
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.

Saturday Workshops, July 10, 2–3:30pm

Mars and Venus: Grief and Loss
John Gray, PhD
The loss of a loved one – partner, parent, child
– can be the most challenging experience of a
lifetime. While loss is inevitable, suffering is not.
Learn strategies to help Mars & Venus (they
grieve differently) recover.
The Power of Play
Elaine Braff, MPS, Hal Braff, JD
Play is the secret ingredient to marital satisfaction.
Learn exercises and tools to add to any marriage
program to help couples make play an everyday
part of their marriage.
A New Way to Love – TOOB
Harville Hendrix, PhD, Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD
This Imago faith-based course guides couples
in finding God's purpose for their marriage,
deepening their connection, and starting a
grass-roots movement of couples teaching couples.
Internet Sex Addiction
Mark Laaser, PhD, MDiv
Porn, the #1 seller on the internet, has become
extremely damaging to marriage. Learn to
recognize the symptoms and to prevent and
help overcome addiction to internet sex.

Torn Asunder: Mending Infidelity – TOOB
Dave Carder, MA
This model provides a structure to stabilize
marriages in the crucial first 90 days; skills to
differentiate types of infidelity and to start
forgiveness and trust building; plus homework.
Successful Stepfamilies – TOOB
Ron Deal, MMFT
This 8-sesssion, DVD & faith based program
teaches specific skills to target stepfamily
challenges identified in research for The
Remarriage Checkup.
The Marriage Boot Camp Experience
Ron and Tina Konkin
We learn best by playing games! These drills
& exercises will help couples quickly understand
and resolve unfinished business & begin enjoying
their here and now. As seen on TLC.
Relationship Enhancement (RE) Programs
Mary Ortwein, MS
Teach couples how to access deep empathy
to build connection, intimacy, openness, trust,
and love while creating mutually-satisfying
solutions to their most challenging issues.
For Christian Lovers Only – TOOB
Clarence Walker, PhD, Ja’Ola Walker, MEd, DD
Work with African American marriages using
this 3-part Bible and research-based program
in church or community settings – intimacy
retreats, skills, skits, music, & group discussions.
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.
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.

Emotional and Relational Intelligence (ERQ)
Gary Oliver, PhD, MDiv, Matthew Turvey, PsyD
Use ERQ principles & the new ERQ Profile to help
corporations & couples build Relational
Wellness at work & home and increase
personal/professional effectiveness & profits.
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.

Sunday Workshops, July 11, 10-11:30am

Married Sex for Men
Michael Metz, PhD, Barry McCarthy, PhD
Ten things men need to know to deal with
the common problems – low desire, porn
addiction, erectile dysfunction, premature
ejaculation – to build a healthy, pleasurable
sex life.
The Five Keys to an Incredible Marriage – TOOB
Tim Gardner, MA, DMin
Teach couples to remember 5 proven keys to
a great, fulfilling marriage on one hand…and
it’s guaranteed they’ll never forget them. Faith
& research-based, entertaining, & interactive.
Usually $29.95, free here.
Deep Friendship/Shared Goals
Blaine Fowers, PhD
Learn exercises to foster deep friendship, the
keystone to a vibrant, lasting marriage. Spousal
friends bring out the best in each other, want
the best for each other, and pursue shared goals.
Trauma-Based Couples
Carolyn Curtis, PhD
A history of trauma, abuse & neglect can make
it difficult for individuals to benefit from relationship
interventions. Learn to adapt programs to help
even the most traumatized and fragile heal and grow.
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.
Healing From Affairs
Anne and Brian Bercht
Based on a 3-day intensive weekend for couples
in affair-recovery, this program outlines
key steps to healing a marriage – designed and
presented by a couple who has been there.
Children of Divorce: The Tough Truth – TOOB
Carri and Gordon Taylor, MA, MFT
Take an in-depth look at the children of divorce
and their families, at the multi-generational impact
of divorce and learn how the extended family can
be empowered as a tool of healing.
Mars Venus Coaching
Rich Bernstein
Understand the differences between coaching,
consulting, and therapy, the benefits of coaching,
a variety of coaching processes, and how to join
the worldwide Mars Venus Coaching team.
Marriage Mentoring: 12 Conversations – TOOB
Rhonda Gray, Ed Gray, EdD
Mentoring is fun and easy! Teach the narrative,
story-telling model and organize a mentoring
program for church, community, or military.
Also in Spanish, Korean, and Russian.
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.

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.
Men and Commitment
Paul Giblin, PhD, MDiv
Explore the nature of commitment, how the
culture fails to support it, why men struggle
with it, and what we can learn from happily
married men. Clinical/educational applications
across the life-cycle.
Marriage and Depression
Dennis Lowe, PhD, Emily Scott-Lowe, PhD
Marriages in which one spouse is depressed are
nine times more likely to divorce. Teach couples
to identify depression and the skills and resources
to help them cope effectively.
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.
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!
From Board Room to Family Room
Alicia La Hoz, PsyD, Nadia Persun, PhD
This experiential, easy-to-teach curriculum helps
employees learn conflict-resolution and communications
skills for use at work and home to improve quality
of life and quality of work!

Sunday Workshops, July 11, 2-3:30pm

The Marriage Garden – FOOB
Wallace Goddard, PhD, James Marshall, PhD
Easy to teach, innovative, flexible, FREE
curriculum based on new discoveries in positive
psychology. Includes 6 lessons and supporting
The Love Path
Joe Beam
Learn how this visual model and a dynamic
group process help married couples understand
how to fall in love all over again whether in
crisis or simply in search of deeper satisfaction.
Lasting Love
Chris Gersten, Katherine Robredo, MSW
This 8-hr, highly affordable course, is suited
to low-income couples, teaches 10 relationship
rules and 4 skill sets: communication, anger
management, fidelity, and financial literacy.
Plan for Happily Ever Laughter
Yakov Smirnoff, MA
Learn to use the Performer/Audience concept
to create love & laughter, rekindle and sustain
the honeymoon stage of your relationship. This
Plan becomes your guide to happily ever laughter.

Dating and Marriage: 4 Keys to Success
John Buri, PhD
Help singles/singles-again understand the essentials
of a working partnership, myths that undermine success,
& tools to choose wisely. Understand selfism, maximizing,
& growth motives.
Blending Sexual Meanings
Michael Metz, PhD
Heal couples fractured due to problems with male
sexuality: porn, strip clubs, etc. by integrating
sexual meaning more deeply into the marriage
to strengthen cohesion and promote intimacy.
The Four Axis of Infidelity
Rick Reynolds, MSW, MPA
Assessment of the four axis of infidelity along with
analysis of the martial power structure and infidelity
type allows for a development of couple-specific,
targeted, successful treatment. 
Beating the Odds: Successful Remarriage
Barry McCarthy, PhD
The good news is that remarried couples can improve
their odds. Examine strategies and techniques which
predict successful remarriage and identify common
traps and how to avoid them.
Divorce Prevention: Controlled Separation – TOOB
Elsie Radtke, MEd
Help stalemated couples restore their marriage
using time-limited guidelines, assessment, contracts,
and “active waiting” skills that put children first and
avoid extended-family trauma.
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.

Making Music in Your Marriage – TOOB
Nisa Muhammad, Jamil Muhammad
This program uses pop, country and R & B to teach
the benefits of marriage & how to improve communication,
manage conflict, and deepen commitment. As seen on
CNN’s Black in America.
Special Needs Children
Laura Marshak, PhD, Fran Prezant, MEd
Marriages with special needs children face higher
rates of distress and breakdown. Learn key
guidelines & specific strategies to help them
stay connected.
The Business of Love
John Curtis, PhD
Apply 9 proven business "best practices" to create
21st century marriages built to last. Visioning, logos,
job descriptions & performance appraisals, mergers,
etc. Great appeal to men & dual career couples.
Journey to Love for “Singles Again” – TOOB
MP Wylie, PhD
Whether divorced, widowed or ending a relationship,
success rests on healing the past and wise choices.
Learn critical steps for helping singles define/find
what they're really looking for in life and a partner.
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

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.

Smart Marriage & Family Expo® - Seminars

Sunday July 11, 2010, 4 – 5:30pm

Learn the latest techniques to fight fair, turn conflict into intimacy,
rekindle passion, really talk to your kids, improve your odds of
success and happiness – all under the skilled guidance of the country’s
top experts. Attend alone or with a partner.

To register for the seminars:
If you are registered for the conference or for one-day Sunday, the seminars are included,
just make your Seminar selections when you register for the conference.

Or, you can attend only the seminars: $15 per person or purchase tickets for guests
using this Seminar Registration form.

After July 2, just register for the Seminars at the Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando.
Arrive early and browse the 100+ marriage & relationship exhibits.
How To Avoid Falling For A Jerk – TOOB
John Van Epp, PhD
Great marriages begin long before the
wedding. Learn the 5 keys to successful
mate-selection, and how to avoid the
"love is blind" attachment-syndrome.
For singles, or single again.
ScreamFree Parenting – TOOB
Hal Runkel, MS, Neil McNerney, MEd
Learn to stay calm and connected to your
children and how you can do the same in
all your relationships. ScreamFree is Bowen
family-systems theory applied to today’s families.
Win Your Wife’s Heart Forever
Scott Haltzman, MD
If we can build skyscrapers and land on Mars,
we can also figure out how to succeed at marriage.
Eight Secrets From Happily Married Men on how
to win – and keep – the prize.

Crazy About You: Scorched-Earth Love
Steven Stosny, PhD
Jealousy is a crucial emotional "signal." But when
perverted through blame and control, it can cause
psychosis, misery and divorce. Discover the road
to understanding and healing.
The PeopleMap
Mike Lillibridge, PhD
This self-scoring, 7-item, 5-min tool is 95% accurate
in measuring 4 personality types. Learn how to
strengthen your marriage based on maps of
your personality strengths & styles.
7 Habits for 24/7 Dads – TOOB
Ken Gosnell, MDiv, MA
This new program based on the Covey 7 Habits
model, helps men become responsible, committed
dads. Includes exercises, recruitment & implementation
strategies for a variety of settings.
Marital Sex As it Ought to Be
Barry McCarthy, PhD
When it's good, it’s great. When it's bad or
non-existent, it's a bummer. Learn what it takes
to have great marital sex – intimate and erotic –
and how to prevent and resolve sexual problems.
Close Calls: Avoiding Adultery
Dave Carder, MA
Advice from thousands of adulterers help us
identify our own high risk situations and
“Dangerous Partner Profiles” and provides
ideas for using Close Call experiences to actually
strengthen marital intimacy.
Remarriage Prep: The Second Time Around – TOOB
Carri and Gordon Taylor, MA, MFT
Learn how to identify your non-negotiables –
often overlooked in courtship – and the ten key
steps to the development of intimacy & trust,
both crucial to the success of any remarriage.

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".                 

Active Parenting of Teens – TOOB
Michael Popkin, PhD, MEd
Parenting teens can stress any marriage. This
video-based communication/discipline program
empowers parents to help their teens (and their
marriage) not only survive – but thrive! New 3rd
Seriously Dating or Engaged – TOOB
Roger Tirabassi, MA, DMin
Learn the tools you need for a life-long marriage
with step-by-step guidelines to handle conflict,
anger, family-of-origin, finances, sex, etc.
Infertility: Hope and Healing
Montse Casado-Kehoe, PhD
Infertility can devastate and destroy a marriage.
Help couples understand and manage the emotional,
financial, spiritual, psychological, and sexual
stress, conflict, and decision making.
10 Great Dates for Black Couples – TOOB
Rozario Slack, DMin, Angela Slack, MD
This program combines fun dates and marriage
skills – and appeals to men! Based on the proven
insights of the Arps' 10 Great Dates program.
Teach in your church or community.

The Seven Desires of Every Heart
Debbie and Mark Laaser, PhD, MDiv
All couple problems can be traced to unmet
desires of the heart. Understand the 7 desires
in terms of Satir’s Iceberg Model and learn to
use them to reach deeper spiritual connection
& intimacy

Healthy Lifestyles = Healthy Relationships
Pamela Holtzman, RN, MSW
There’s lots more to it than communication skills.
Learn nutrition, exercise, and stress management
“skills” that are proven to reduce burnout &
depression and increase happiness, well-being,
& love.
Staying Present
Karen Sherman, PhD
Is your relationship in trouble because of old baggage?
Learn tricks to stop reacting to old injuries – often
unconsciously – and to live and love in the present. 
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

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

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.

Why Singles Aren't Marrying
Beverly Rodgers, PhD, Tom Rodgers, PhD
Bust the myths that keep scared-silly singles stuck
in unhealthy relationship patterns by equipping them
with skills and information that will help them move
confidently towards marriage.

The Stepfamily Journey: Not for Wimps
Elizabeth Einstein, MA
Learn to provide couples with a trail map to master
stepfamily developmental tasks. Understand emotional
baggage, bonding, loyalty, and discipline.

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. 

PREPARE/ENRICH: New Customized Version
Peter Larson, PhD, Matthew Turvey, PsyD
Learn to use the improved online format with report for
couples to keep, new profiles, workbooks, etc for assessing
dating, engaged, married, & remarried couples. For clinician
& lay use.

Aging and Dying Alone: Family Fragmentation in America
Elizabeth Marquardt, MDiv
Widespread divorce, remarriage, and re-divorce predict
an era of uncertain obligation, conflicted care-giving, and
complicated grief for adults who are dealing with the aging
of divorced parents and stepparents.

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.

Sudden Impact: Help in Just 20 Minutes
Dave Currie, PhD
You get stopped after a seminar and asked a question by a
hurting spouse.  What can you do in just moments of 'hit and run'
help? Learn tips for quick, yet quality, marital education.
Love: What Everyone Needs To Know – TOOB
Pat Love, EdD, Jon Carlson, PsyD
This engaging 23-part, DVD & research based series provides
everything you need to teach marriage from A to Z. Multi-cultural.
Experience segment #1: Why Marriage is Worth it.

Who Am I and Who Are You?
Galena Rhoades, PhD
Learn how PREP is introducing personality testing like The
Primary Colors Personality Tool to build understanding &
acceptance in marriage. Myths, research, and tools you can use.

Teach Teens, Reach Parents, Change Communities!
John Van Epp, PhD, Gregg Hunter, Renee Thompson
Teach the PICK program to not only give teens relationship
skills but also to reach parents with a corresponding seminar and
transform entire communities. Diverse & minority settings.

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. 

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.

The First Dance: Wedding Prep – TOOB
Bill Doherty, PhD, Elizabeth Thomas
Wedding planning often involves complex, conflicted couple &
family dynamics. Learn how to plan a “family-systems” wedding
that will lay a solid foundation for life-long marriage.

The Marriage Course – TOOB
Derek and Cathy Rust
This practical, DVD-based dinner format is easy for lay couples
to teach, transforms & strengthens any relationship (married or
cohabiting), and draws couples in “like magic”.

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.

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.

Jealousy: Untangling The Web
Lori Gordon, PhD
Jealousy highjacks our thinking brain, causes developmental
regression, and destroys love. Use the unique insights of the
PAIRS Jealousy Loop & Tool Kit to tame the green-eyed monster.

Soul Healers Leaders Training – TOOB
Beverly and Tom Rodgers, PhDs
Practical, easy-to-learn tools for professionals or lay mentors
to help couples face even the most difficult, on-the-brink problems:
adultery, addiction, abuse or other deep wounds.

Couples: The Strongest Link
Joe Hernandez, PhD, Michele Hernandez, MA
The best tools from decades of Family Wellness work with at-risk
families, applied to helping couples feed their romance, be playful,
and get the most out of marriage & family life.

Boot Camp for New Dads
Bob Ruthazer, CFLE
Rev-up your Marriage Initiative with an acclaimed father-to-father
program – with lessons for implementation: marketing, funding, connecting to
the medical community, and media coverage.

Ready For Love
Mary Ortwein, MS
This program designed to meet the needs of singles or solos
(those whose partners won't attend), includes mate selection,
expectations, boundaries, abuse, etc.  

Forgive Me, Forgive Me Knot
Rick Marks, PhD, Don and Angie Power
Forgiveness is essential to relationship healing. This model
identifies irrational beliefs (Forgiveness Knots) and teaches
the Firstone intervention to help couples heal.

Parenting Grandchildren
Carri and Gordon Taylor, MA, MFT
Six million kids are being raised by grandparents. Teach
couples how to realign roles, lifestyles, finances, and retirement
expectations and enjoy their marriages while raising incredible kids.

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!  

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.

Try To See It My Way
B. Janet Hibbs, PhD
Fairness is the key to a happy, lasting marriage. Help
couples solve the ancient question of “what’s fair?” in 21st
century marriage, with insights from neurobiology and relationship

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.

TIME for a Better Marriage – TOOB
Don Dinkmeyer, PhD, Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD
This affordable, easy–to-teach, 10-week or weekend
format teaches the core marriage skills with humor and
daily dialogue guides built in. Use in clinical work or couples

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. 

Active Parenting Makes Strong Marriages – TOOB
Michael Popkin, PhD, Merrilie Rackham, CFLE
Parenting stresses marriage. Learn how to add effective, easy-to-teach
parenting education to your marriage classes to bring couples in the door.

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.

Adoptive Parents
Nate Cottle, PhD, CFLE, Jennifer Reid, MS, Patricia Polega
Each year, thousands of couples adopt high-risk children.
Lessons learned in a 5-year study on how to adapt marriage
education to meet the special needs of these at-risk,
deserving marriages.

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!

The 10 Rites of Passage
Charles Lee-Johnson, MSW
This abstinence, fatherhood and marriage education
program teaches at-risk youth responsibility to self, family
and community with a focus on long-term life goals.

Helping Boomers on the Edge
Terry Hargrave, PhD
Boomers face enormous challenges: caring for aging parents,
adult kids moving home, and being unable to afford to retire.
Explore solutions to help strengthen marriages in these trying times.

Learning Sobriety Together – FOOB
William Fals-Stewart, PhD, Gary Birchler, PhD
This program works with couples together – the drug/alcohol
abuser and spouse – to improve communication skills, build
cohesion, and both promote and maintain sobriety.

709 Teenage Stepkids
Elizabeth Einstein, MA
Stepfamily adjustment is hardest for teens – and their parents!
Learn to work with their developmental double binds of
autonomy and bonding – all liberally sprinkled with hormones.

At The Movies
Tom Rinkoski, MEd, CFLE
Watch clips and learn how to use movies and TV in your
marriage education sessions to illustrate points, engage
participants, and catalyze discussion.

Facing Financial Hard Times Together
Linda Miles, PhD, Robert Miles, MD
Use the concepts from Behavioral Finance and Positive
Psychology to help couples approach financial decision-making
and problem solving as a team. 

Happily UnMarried
John Curtis, PhD
Over 60% of couples cohabit before they marry, while
some will choose never to marry. Explore ways to re-think
cohabitation and help cohabitors strengthen their relationships
and families.

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

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.

7 Habits of Highly Successful Families
Durelle Price
Have fun while you learn seven habits to strengthen your partner
and parent-child relationships and make a permanent difference
for you and your family. Kids 9-18 attend free.

The PAIRS Experience
Matthew Munyon, MS, Suzanne Mitchell
Whether you’re engaged, married or remarried, these easy,
enjoyable skills are guaranteed to kick your relationship up a
notch: Relationship Roadmap, Daily Temperature Reading, Good Will Umbrella.

The Marriage Turnaround
Mitch Temple, MS
Common marriage myths lead to distorted thinking and
marriage-destroying behaviors. Get a thinking tune-up and
take your marriage to higher ground.  Faith-based.

Children of Divorce: Change Your Odds!
Beverly Rodgers, PhD, Tom Rodgers, PhD
According to research, children of divorce are less likely to
marry, and if and when they do, face higher divorce rates.

Love’s Cradle
Andrea Gibbs, MA
Your love for your newborn plus easy-to-learn couple skills can
help you build trust and commitment and the kind of relationship
your baby can count on, forever. Married or unmarried, expecting
or new parents welcome.

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

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

Keynotes avialable on DVD - $29.95:

His Needs, Her Needs and Love Busters
Willard Harley, PhD
These two home-study courses make up the Marriage
Builders Recovery Program and teach couples how to
make Love Bank deposits, how to avoid making withdrawals,
and, if followed, are guaranteed to solve any marital problem.

Active Military Life & Resiliency – TOOB
Kelly Simpson, MA, Janie Illing, MA
Created in collaboration with military communities, this
skills-based program addresses the challenges of
reintegration for singles and couples and provides
resilience-building tools.

David Olson, PhD, Peter Larson, PhD
Learn how to help premarital and newlywed couples laugh,
learn & grow! Easy-to-use, entertaining, DVD-based program
includes an online Couple Checkup.

The Marriage Course - TOOB
Nicky & Sila Lee
This practical, DVD-based dinner format is easy for
lay couples to teach, transforms & strengthens any
relationship (married or cohabiting), and draws couples
in “like magic”. Based on the famed Alpha course.

Married and Loving It – TOOB
Barbara Petty, PhD
This 5-week, skill-based program always has full classes
and waiting lists. Learn what makes the program so successful
and how to replicate it in your community.

Love’s Cradle
Mary Ortwein, MS
Learn how shared love for a newborn plus simplified
Relationship Enhancement skills can build trust and
commitment and nurture permanent bonds in low-income,
out-of-wedlock couples.

Sliding vs Deciding: Within My Reach
Scott Stanley, PhD, Marline Pearson, MA, Natalie Jenkins
Relationship education can be tailored to teach individuals,
not couples, how to improve their odds of having healthy
relationships and marriage. For TANF, military, tech college,
and correctional settings.

PAIRS: For Our Future/For Our Family
Andrew Daire, PhD, Matthew Munyon, MS, Seth Eisenberg
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.

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

The Five Languages of Apology
Gary Chapman, PhD
Where do we learn whether or not, and how, to apologize?
Learn to help couples identify their own and their spouse’s
apology styles and how to speak their language.

Imago Dialogue
Harville Hendrix PhD, Tim Atkinson, MA
Structured dialogue is the very core of the powerful
Imago model. Help couples understand how to ‘stop
talking, and start connecting’ with each other and with
colleagues, friends, and family. Experiential.

1-2-3 Magic
Tom Phelan, PhD
Teach parents easy-to-follow steps for disciplining
kids ages 2-12 without arguing, yelling or spanking
and when – and how – silence can speak louder than words.

Rewiring Premarital Preparation
Jason Krafsky
Less than a third of engaged couples use our services.
Update to fit the needs of, and appeal to, 21st century
“wired” couples. Plus how to tap into Youtube, Myspace
and Facebook.

Children in the Middle – TOOB
Don Gordon, PhD
Use this award-winning online divorce education program to
maximize community divorce prevention efforts. Plus how
to recruit parents in failing marriages and form partnerships
with pastors, schools, physicians.

Marriage Savers for Cohabiting Couples
Mike and Harriet McManus
Half of couples live together before marriage. This
faith-based marriage preparation model uses mentors
& an inventory to improve these couples’ odds.
Adaptations for low-income, out-of-wedlock parents.

Cultura y Valores: Marketing to Hispanics
Frank Fuentes, Lisa Trevino Cummins, MBA,
Rolando Diaz-Loving, PhD, JoAnne Eason
Understand Hispanic cultural values and develop
effective marketing messages to attract Hispanics,
our largest minority group, to marriage education
services. National examples.

Retrouvaille: No Such Thing as A Hopeless Case
Shawn and Kim Doyle
Restore even the most troubled marriages with this 3-month
program in which those who have "been to the brink" teach
others how to heal. Learn how to create a program in your community.

Money Education Program – FOOB
Bill Bailey, PhD, Rebecca Wiggins
Learn how to help couples improve their financial well
being by learning about money. This grant-funded program
provides FREE web-based training and resources for use
in your community.

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

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.

LoveU2 – TOOB
Marline Pearson, MA
Use stories, activities, and PREP skills to teach teens
the crucial connections between marriage, fatherhood,
and child well-being. Give them good reasons to postpone
childbearing. Outcome studies.

Foundations for Marriage – TOOB
Tim Gardner, MA, DMin
This comprehensive, affordable, faith-based, lively, DVD
program has everything you need to prepare couples for
satisfying life-long marriage including the new BUILD couple assessment.

The Challenge of Getting it Right
Barry McCarthy, PhD
Whether it's the first or a subsequent marriage, it takes
more than luck, love or finding your soulmate to get it right.
Help newlyweds master the crucial tasks of the first years of
marriage – or, remarriage.

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.

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.

African American Marriage Enrichment – TOOB
Lorraine Blackman, PhD
Learn tips for teaching this program that addresses
the specific issues facing African American couples.
Perfect for church, school, community, and private
practice settings.

The Couple CheckUp
David Olson, PhD, Ron Deal, MMFT, Peter Larson, PhD
Using research from 100,000+ couples, understand the
unique differences between biological and stepfamilies
and learn to use the Check-Up to create dynamic Couple
Positioning Systems for premarital, married, and remarried couples.

Don’t Expect Me to Love Her
Jean Turner, PhD, Carolyn Young, MDiv, Bill Bailey, PhD
Mother-in-law/daughter-in-law harmony is critical to
a happy marriage. Learn strategies for healing this volatile
relationship and how (and why) to add MIL/DIL workshops
to your community marriage initiatives.

Life Puzzle: A Coaching Model – TOOB
Ann Kramer, EdS, Bridget Brennan, MA, CFLE
Help couples tackle seemingly insurmountable, chronic
problems by defining their Self - their own shape and edges,
and then put the pieces together for a true and lasting intimacy.

Prayer and Marriage Education
Steven Beach, PhD, Frank Fincham, PhD, Tera Hurt, PhD
Learn how this project added prayer to engage rural African
Americans; how prayer enhanced learning; and how to add
prayer to any existing marriage program.

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.

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.

Surviving Your Adolescents: 13 - 18 Year Olds
Tom Phelan, PhD
There are times you must keep quiet as they push
toward independence and times you must take charge.
This step-by-step approach will help end the hassles.
Single parents & stepparents also welcome.

The Spiritual Dimensions of Marriage
Ray Silverman, PhD, Star Silverman, MA
Learn how to understand everyday marriage advice
about commitment, communication and conflict in a
faith-based framework that will enable you to work
together on spiritual growth.

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.


Each of the sessions listed below will be recorded live at the
11th Annual 2007 Smart Marriages Conference and will available
immediately following the conference on
CD or MP3 at 800-241-7785 or at

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

Your Time-Starved Marriage – TOOB
Les Parrott, PhD
This program helps couples manage one of their
biggest complaints: lack of time together with
practical guidelines to identify, maximize and
combine their two unique “time styles”.

Life Coaching With Couples
Lisa Kramer, MSW
Life Coaching helps couples move forward into
extraordinary “conscious” relationships. Learn
how to add the Coach designation to your resume
and a 4-phase model to incorporate in your work
with couples.

24/7 Dad - TOOB
Milton Scott, MBA
Help men become involved, responsible, committed dads.
Includes exercises, recruitment and implementation
strategies for a variety of settings.

Beyond Budgets: Active Money Education – TOOB
Kelly Simpson
Teach a new financial education program for couples
that assesses values and power struggles and helps couples
reach new insight & cooperation. Teaching tools & booklet included.

IMAGO: Connects and Couplehood as a Spiritual Path - TOOB
Harville Hendrix, PhD, Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD
Two programs teach key IMAGO skills including the
Imago Dialogue Process to help couples begin their
life-long journey of growth, healing, and spiritual

7 Secrets of Effective Fathers
Carey Casey, DMin, Ron Nichols
Help fathers become measurably more effective with this
engaging program from the National Center for Fathering.
Includes pre-post assessment tools.

Love and Respect – TOOB
Emerson Eggerichs, PhD
This 7-hr DVD-based course helps couples learn how to
break the "Crazy Cycle” with unique tools, like c.h.a.i.r.s,
gender glasses, air hoses, and "unconditional respect".

The Five Love Languages - TOOB
Jay and Julie Baumgardner, MA, CFLE
Use Gary Chapman’s program to help couples learn to
speak their spouses’ “love language”, transition from the
“in love” to “covenant love” stage & avoid the trap of getting
the “tingles” for someone other than their spouse.

Marriage Mentoring – TOOB
Les Parrott, PhD
Learn everything you need to know to launch and sustain
an effective mentor program in your church or community.
Recruitment, training, and the 10 essential skills for mentors.

InsideOut Dad - TOOB
Ken Gosnell, MDiv, MA
This National Fatherhood Initiative program is being
used across the country to help reunite inmates to their
spouses and families to reduce recidivism.

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.

Intentional Harmony for Dual Earner Couples – TOOB
Angela Wiley, PhD
Help couples take a team approach to balancing work,
household tasks, childrearing (including a new arrival),
and romance! Tools, red flags and practical strategies.

Stepfamilies: How Churches Can Help - TOOB
Ron Deal, MMFT
Stepfamilies, our most common family form, are neglected
in most churches. This program helps churches minister
to stepfamilies.

Jane Ives, MS, Renee Hinson, PhD
Learn how to coach ACME-style Couple Dialogue and
teach pairs of couples to coach and support each other to
increase learning and promote behavior change. Guided practice.

Two Churches, One Marriage – TOOB
Lee Williams, PhD
This program helps interchurch couples learn strategies to
handle the common conflicts religious differences can create.
For group instruction or as a web-based course for individual couples.

MarriageTeam Couple Coaching
Autumn and Alan Ray, MS
This effective new team approach uses marriage coaching
skills, and provides training and support to mentor coach
couples working together on a community-wide, coordinated basis.

Active Learning
Fred Piercy, PhD, Susan Perkins, MA
Learn to engage and inspire participants in your classes with
lively activities including fishbowl, imagery, role play. Create
enthusiasm & confidence with all classes and ethnic groups.

7 Habits of Successful Families
Durelle Price
Have fun while you learn seven habits to strengthen your partner
and parent-child relationships and make a permanent difference for
you and your family. Kids 9-18 attend free.

Healthy Marriage Weight Loss Program - TOOB
Aaron Larson
Certify to present this program that teaches couples how
to lose weight and strengthen their marriages at the same
time. Singles welcome.

Celebrating Black Marriages: Arusi Style
Andrew and Terri Lyke
Experience rituals and symbols of the African American
Christian community to make your marriage all that it can
be - define your marriage mission and path. Married, engaged,
dating or singles.


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