TOOBS "Teach Out of the Box"  workshops

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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

WAIT Training: All About ME – TOOB
Shelly Donahue
Teach teens & young adults to reduce drama,
chaos and poverty by empowering them with
partner selection & marriage ed skills in a fun
interactive program for high school & college.

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.

Marriage Education Online – Expanding Our Reach
At the Crossroad - Alan Hawkins, PhD, Brian
Higginbotham, PhD, Tamara Fackrell, JD - FOOB
This FREE intervention helps couples evaluate
the possibility of repairing their marriage even
after they've filed for divorce.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships – TOOB
Char Kamper, MA, CFLE
Understand the teen brain – how brain chemistry
explains differences in gender, decision-making,
risks and relationships. Brain Mapping, self-regulation
& decision-making tools.

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.

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.

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

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.

7 Habit of 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.

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.

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


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.

TOOB/Teach Out of the Box programs are being offered in Institutes/Keynotes.

102 Three Days 
Active Relationships Military Training 
Kelly Simpson, MA, Anthony Landry, MA      
Assist Military singles, marrieds & families! Leave certified in 6 programs: Military Life &
Resiliency Skills (singles or couples), Active Families, ARYA (Youth), Active Adults (civilian
Singles, Dads & Moms), Active Choices (Pre-Marital) and Active Marriage. Spanish and
Christian editions. Active Money also available. $150 spouse discount. See Advanced Training #916  Click for more information:

107 Two Days - Wednesday & Thursday, July 7 & 8
Basic Training for Black Couples and Singles - As seen on CNN "Black in America 2"
Rozario Slack, DMin,
Nisa Muhammad
Learn to teach two programs to help couples and singles in the Black community
understand the benefits of marriage, communicate better, manage their conflict and
increase their intimacy. Includes presentation and marketing skills and materials.
$100 spouse discount. Click for more information:  

109 Two Days - Wednesday & Thursday, July 7 & 8
Stepping Together in Stepfamilies
Francesca Adler-Baeder, PhD, CFLE, Charles Jackson

Research-based, culturally informed, 6 wk (12 hr) curriculum for strengthening blended
families in your community. Teach essential skills and information in parallel programs
for parents and children/teens. New: Practical tips from HMI research with low-income, Latino,
and African American stepfamilies. $100 spouse discount.
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113 Two Days - Wednesday & Thursday, July 7 & 8
Marriage Links
John Van Epp, PhD
Become certified: teach couples of any stage how to pace a relationship
with the Relationship Attachment Model (RAM) to stay connected in
communication, trust, sex, and mutuality. Teach groups in churches, schools
& the military. $100 spouse discount.
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117  Two Days - Wednesday & Thursday, July 7 & 8
Love Notes
Marline Pearson, MA
We can't wait until they have their 1st (or 2nd) child, or are ready to come as a couple. Target
youth 16-24 at risk for unplanned pregnancy and single parenting (or already pregnant or
parenting) to engage them (including males) on healthy relationships, sexual meaning &
choices, and an approach to pregnancy prevention that builds on the importance of fathers in
the lives of their children. $100 spouse discount. 
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118 One Day - Thursday, July 8
Toward A Growing Marriage & The Five Love Languages
Gary Chapman, PhD
Gain practical ideas to create a Marriage Ministry in your church that will help
couples build strong marriage and thriving families. Leave equipped to teach the
Growing Marriage or the Five Love Languages programs. Or, attend simply to
spend the day with Gary Chapman to strengthen and grow your own marriage or
relationship. $50 spouse discount.
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906 Two Day - Monday & Tuesday, July 12 & 13
How to Avoid Falling For a Jerk
John Van Epp, PhD
Become certified: teach singles of all ages how to pace a relationship
with the Relationship Attachment Model (RAM) and select a life partner.
Teach groups in churches, schools & in the military. $100 spouse discount.
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913 One Day - Monday, July 12
Money Habitudes
Syble Solomon, MEd
The truth is that money – the actual dollar amount – is not the #1 cause of
conflict in marriage.
A unique card deck gives couples & individuals life-changing
insights into their attitudes about money. Teach groups, use with individuals, couples, youth, or add
to any marriage program. $50 spouse discount. Click for more information:


These workshops 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.

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.

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 seminars.

These TOOB/Teach Out of the Box Programs are being offered in Keynote and Banquet Sessions:

Love Without Hurt
Steven Stosny, PhD
Teach the "Love Without Hurt" 8-hour program to add to any marriage
education course - designed to recognize & prevent domestic violence and child abuse.
Includes emotional regulation skills that make it easier to learn marriage skills.

IMAGO: Connects and Couplehood as a Spiritual Path
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

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