Please NOTE!! - we're leaving the 2008/San Francisco Smart Marriages Conference sessions posted below
to give you an idea of what to expect in 2009 in Orlando.  As soon as the 2009 sessions are available, probably in December, we'll update this page.

Workshops at the 12th Annual Smart Marriages Conference,
San Francisco, July 3, 4, 5, 2008

There are 20 concurrent 90-min workshops in each of the six
time frames on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Plus nineteen 90-min seminar
workshops Saturday afternoon, 4-5:30pm.

Pick one session from each time frame.
Workshops and Seminars are included in the conference registration fee.

If you can't attend all the sessions, don't worry – they are
recorded – available on CD or MP3.

Click here for a Presenter Index

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Thursday Workshops, July 3, 10–11:30am

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.

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.

Sherod Miller, PhD, Daniel Lord, PhD, MDiv
This new cost-effective, web-based assessment tool
provides a quick, comprehensive picture to increase
self/partner-relationship awareness and conversation.
Use pre, post, and follow-up for highly affordable evaluation.

The Power of Two – TOOB
Susan Heitler, PhD
Most couples have issues they disagree on again and again.
Some suggest just accepting the differences. This approach
aims higher and helps couples bring ALL their conflicts to win-win.

Relationship Enhancement (RE)
Rob Scuka, PhD
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.

Journey to Love for “Singles Again” – TOOB
MP Wylie, PhD
Whether divorced, widowed, or ending a long relationship,
success rests on making wise choices throughout the dating
process. Learn the critical steps for defining – and finding
– what you’re really looking for.

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.

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.

Active Parenting in Stepfamilies – TOOB
Michael Popkin, PhD, Elizabeth Einstein, MA
Teach the 5 keys to effective stepparenting, how to
handle the predictable challenges that include loss,
loyalty, & discipline, and how these proven skills will
strengthen the marital bond.

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.

Leaving a Legacy
Terry Real, MSW
Help parents understand the emotional and relationship
legacies handed to them as children and what they can
do to become conscious in shaping the legacy they are passing on.

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.

Take Back the Family Turf
George Doub, MDiv, Captn Richard Vasquez,
Christina Yee, Dan Rodriguez
Learn how to use the Family Wellness skills program
to help communities and families take back the turf
from gangs, build skills, put parents back in charge, and
support healthy family living.

Strengthening Marriage in the Black Community
Diann Dawson, JD, MSW, Nisa Muhammad,
La Grande Mason, PhD, MBA, Charles Lee-Johnson, MSW
Black Marriage Day, community leadership, getting denominations
and organizations on board, fatherhood, kids, special curricula
– brainstorm ideas for revitalizing Black marriages.

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
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.


Thursday Workshops, July 3, 2:15-3:45pm

Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence
Esther Perel, MA
Explore the paradoxical relation of domesticity and sexual desire
– when security needs clash with our pursuit of passion. Help
couples sustain desire over the long haul while respecting
needs for safety and stability.

The New Rules of Marriage
Terry Real, MSW
Teach a new art form of relationship empowerment
– akin to ju-jitsu – in which couples build on each other’s
momentum and get what they need by empowering
their partner to give it to them.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Smart Steps for Stepfamilies – TOOB
Francesca Adler-Baeder, PhD, CFLE
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.

Warm Things Up!
Katherine Robredo, MSW, Maureen Griner, MA
You've taken the classes, now learn to be a great
presenter with 20 icebreaker activities to enliven
any class and enhance group learning. Plus tips
on adult learning styles and dealing with difficult people.

Money Habitudes: The Last Taboo – TOOB
Syble Solomon, MEd
Use a unique card deck to give couples life-changing
insights into their hidden attitudes about money. Teach
groups, use with individual couples, or add to any marriage program.

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.

Reptiles in Love: Escape Your Primitive Brain
Don Ferguson, PhD
Normal mind/body defenses protect us in danger,
but can damage intimate communication. Learn
specific steps to self-soothe, and, then, to improve
your relationship.

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.

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.

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 marriages.

Marriage in the Wilderness
Fred Dodini, PhD, MSW, Ezekiel Sanchez
Learn how to conduct an outdoors program to provide
couples and/or families with unforgettable memories,
insights, and practical tools to develop & sustain loving,
committed relationships.

Where Are the Men?
Neil Chethik
Learn practical marketing steps to encourage men to
attend classes by creating a male-friendly atmosphere
that will keep them engaged and working on their marriage.

Working with State Legislators
Carolyn Curtis, PhD, Chris Gersten, Maggie Russell,
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.

HHS: Lessons from the Field
Sharon Rowser, MA, Jay Otero
The Supporting Healthy Marriages (SHM), Building Strong
Families (BSF), and Oklahoma Family Expectations projects
share lessons about adapting programs and engaging diverse,
low-income, unmarried and married couples in marriage education.


Friday Workshops, July 4, 10–11:30am

At the Movies
Frank Pittman, MD
Everything we need to know about marriage can be
found at the movies: explore meaning, expectations, love,
insanity, brain chemistry, secrets, lies, deal breakers
– even clues about how to get it right. Bring popcorn.

Falling in Love: As Easy as P. I. E.
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.

Divorce Busting Programs - TOOB
Michele Weiner-Davis, MSW
Marriage Breakthrough & Keeping Love Alive: two programs
to help even last-ditch couples avoid divorce, even if only one
spouse attends! Teach classes or use the techniques in your practice.

Marriage Vitality
Ellyn Bader, PhD
Spouses crave intimacy; yet fear intensity. They crave
love; yet don't know how to be giving. Teach key attachment and
differentiation principles to help couples achieve loving teamwork.

Marriage Builders Accountability Program
Willard Harley, PhD
It’s one thing to teach marriage skills, another to motivate
couples to follow through. This interactive, internet-based
program holds both couples and instructors accountable
and builds success.

The Essential Humility of Marriage
Terry Hargrave, PhD
Stability, security, and sincerity are the "right stuff" that
help couples move past "me and my happiness" to the respect,
humility, reliability, and sacrifice that produce solid marriages
and secure kids.

Internet Sex Addiction – TOOB
Mark Laaser, PhD, MDiv
Porn, the #1 seller on the internet, has become extremely
damaging to marriage. Learn to recognize the symptoms,
prevent and help overcome addiction to internet sex and
create or enhance ministry to sex addicts and their spouses.

Love: What Everyone Needs To Know
Pat Love, EdD, Jon Carlson, PsyD, Kathleen McFadden, CLE
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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

For Better and For Ever: Mentor Training – TOOB
Rev Robert Ruhnke, DMin
Recruit and train couples in your church to mentor
the engaged in communication, responsibility, and
family-of-origin issues. Catholic (also Spanish),
Covenant (secular), and Protestant editions.

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.

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.

Between Two Worlds
Elizabeth Marquardt, MDiv
Even in the best divorces, kids live divided lives in
which they struggle to understand their parents'
behavior, negotiate tangled family systems, and
develop values and beliefs.

In Sickness and In Health
Janice Bell, RN, PhD
Couples often experience emotional suffering when
confronted with serious illness. Learn 5 healing
practices to help couples understand & manage
constraining beliefs & improve their odds.

Accidental Prophets
Waverly Farrell, MFT, Vicki Doolittle, MS
Learn how gay and lesbian couples, freed of the
roles and rules of conventional partnerships, have
become the pioneers of a more egalitarian model
of relationship. Lessons for any setting.

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.

Marriage & Family Wellness: Corporate America’s Business?
Jeff Fray, PhD, Julie Baumgardner, MA,
Stephen Judah, 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.


Friday Workshops, July 4, 2:30–4pm

How to 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.

Couples: The Strongest Link
George Doub, MDiv, Ana Morante, MFT
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.

The Marriage Preparation Course – TOOB
Nicky & Sila Lee
Learn to teach the course and also to recruit & train mentor
couples so that the program basically runs itself. Practical,
5-session, DVD-dinner format, inventory, and mentor-couple based.

Who Am I and Who Are You?
Scott Stanley, PhD
Learn how to use personality testing like The Primary Couples
Personality Tool to build understanding and acceptance in
marriage. Covers myths, research, and strategies for teaching acceptance.

Marriage Builders: Applications
Willard Harley, PhD
Learn how the Marriage Builders Home Study
programs have been adapted for use in other cultures
including with black and Latino couples.

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
Arp’s 10 Great Dates program. Teach in your church or community.

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, etc. – to build a healthy, pleasurable sex life.

Infidelity Recovery Strategies
Rick Reynolds, MSW, MPA
Learn to identify the motivations of both hurt and unfaithful
spouses and help them develop empathy, stop intrusive
thoughts and endless questions, and reach forgiveness and healing.

WAIT Training: All About ME (Marriage Education) – TOOB
Shelly Donahue
Teach teens to have the best sex by waiting and preparing
for marriage. A love, character, relationship, marriage prep
curriculum for high schools. 43 states and abroad, non-sectarian.

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.

Active Parenting Makes Strong Marriages – TOOB
Michael Popkin, PhD, Merrillie 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.

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.

Marriage Mentoring: 12 Conversations – TOOB
Ed Gray, EdD
Mentoring is easy! Learn the 4 basic approaches. Teach
the narrative, story-telling model and organize a mentoring
program for your church, community, military, or Spanish mentors.

Boot Camp for New Dads
Bob Ruthazer, CFLE, Cesar Vera, Lamar Henderson
This acclaimed father-to-father program builds confidence
in expectant dads as it connects them, not only to their
infants, but to the moms. Also builds connections with the
medical 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.

Divorce Reform Legislation Strategies
David Levy, JD, Mike McManus, David Prince, JD
Three concepts: replace no fault in cases with children with
mutual consent divorce; presumption of joint custody; and
TANF set-asides for marriage & divorce education, have the
potential to slash family breakdown by 50%.

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.

Recruitment: Lots of Pot and Food!
Kelly Roberts, MS, Brandt Gardner, PhD
You’ve built it; they aren’t coming. Hear what people
said on a national survey when asked about the decision to
attend marriage education classes. Learn how to maximize attendance
– legally!

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.

Caring for My Family – FOOB
Dawn Contreras, PhD
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.

Saturday Workshops, July 5, 10-11:30am
Boomers on the Edge
Terry Hargrave, PhD
Boomers have always been out front, leading the
revolution. They now face three enormous challenges.
Explore how boomers can use these issues to strengthen
rather than destroy their marriages.

Secrets of Happily Married Women
Scott Haltzman, MD
Help wives become energized and find contentment
in the face of the challenges of balancing feminist ideals,
traditional roles, work, self, kids, and well-intentioned
advice about having it all.

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.

Marriage-Friendly Therapy
Bill Doherty, PhD
Marital therapy is a challenge. Learn about the essential
skills and values of a good marital therapist and about an
exciting new resource for locating these therapists in
your community.

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.

Lasting Love
Chris Gersten
8-hr, 4-part course, created by an architect of the
Federal Marriage Initiative, suited to low-income couples,
teaches 10 relationship rules and 4 skill sets: communication,
anger management, fidelity, and financial literacy.

Hot Monogamy – TOOB
Pat Love, EdD, Kathleen McFadden, CLE
The death of passion often heralds the end of a marriage.
Proven techniques help couples restore this vital energy.
Pragmatic strategies presented with humor and clinical savvy.

Beyond Affairs: Prevention and Recovery
Anne and Brian Bercht
Learn how to not only recover from infidelity, but to
make your marriage even stronger, from a couple that’s
been there. Also, how to establish a BAN recovery support
group in your community.

Stepcouples: Me or the Kids?? – TOOB
Carri Taylor, Gordon Taylor, MFT
After the fantasy of courtship, reality sets in – delivered
by the kids, ex-spouses, money, and ‘no time for us’.
Teach couples to master the challenges and reclaim the territory.

The Icy Pole Stick Dance
Peter Little
Learn to use 15 fun tools from “down under” – eggs, icy
pole sticks, balloons, photos, balls, the camping game
– to make quick progress on communication, connecting
& problem solving. For couples & families.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hot Latin Lovers: Latino Marriage
Joe Hernandez, PhD, Ana Morante, MFT, George Doub, MDiv
Latinos are passionate. The men don’t communicate.
Some want a “casa chica”. We’ll tackle the stereotypes
and how to effectively present marriage education in the
Latino community.

Understanding the Heart of a Man
Clarence Shuler, MDiv, Rozario Slack, DMin
Understand the new challenges facing millennium men,
their 4 non-negotiable needs, and strategies to create a
Safe Place and help them grow into responsible behaviors
and solid relationships.

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.

Grant Writing 101
Dennis Stoica, MBA
Understand the fine points of grant writing in order
to qualify for government and private foundation marriage money.

Saturday Workshops, July 5, 12:45-2:15pm

10 Great Dates – TOOB
Claudia and David Arp, MSW
Teach this proven, widely-used program in your
church and community. Combines fun with marriage
skills and opens the door for other programs. Bonus:
new Latino version!

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 Check Up
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.

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.

Taming the Tempest: Learning Emotional Regulation
Rob Scuka, PhD
Teach couples to contract in advance about how they
will manage spontaneously erupting, out-of-control conflict,
and emotional flooding using RE skills of empathy, disengagement
and self-calming.

21st Century Marriage
Sam Bradley, PhD
A powerful color metaphor helps couples understand commitment
as the key to individuation and put into action the crucial axioms
of successful marriages: choice, responsibility, equality, and fulfillment.

The Marriage Garden – FOOB
Wallace Goddard, PhD, James Marshall, PhD
Easy to teach, innovative, flexible, FREE (!) and based on
new discoveries in positive psychology and Appreciative Inquiry.
Includes commitment, nurture, and communication activities.

From Couple to Couple Mentor Training
Krsnanandini Dasi, Tariq Ziyad
Learn an affordable, nuts and bolts course that gives
mentor couples all the tools, training, and support they
need to work with couples of any class or culture before
and after marriage.

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

When Parents Hurt
Joshua Coleman, PhD
It’s hard to be happy, or happily married, when you're feeling
unloved/unappreciated by your adult children. Help parents
learn how to improve communication, manage conflict, and
rebuild family intimacy.

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.

The Third Option – TOOB
Pat Ennis, MSW and a mentor couple
Give couples a THIRD option – not endurance, not divorce.
This enrichment/crisis group program is ongoing! Couples
attend as needed. Self-contained manual – easy to implement!

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.

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.

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.

The Business of Love - CANCELLED

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.

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.

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.

Smart Marriage & Family Expo® - Seminars

Saturday July 5, 2008, 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 Saturday, 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 June 25, just register for the Seminars at the Hilton San Francisco on O'Farrell St.
Arrive early and browse the 100+ marriage & relationship exhibits.
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.

Why Talking Is Not Enough: 8 Loving Actions
Susan Page, MDiv
Transform your relationship by replacing the same
old, round and round frustrating conversations with
easy-to-learn loving actions. For women only.

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. For men only.

How To Avoid Marrying 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.

The First Dance: Wedding Planning - TOOB
Bill Doherty, PhD, Elizabeth Thomas
Engaged couples often face complex, conflicted couple
and family dynamics. Learn how to plan a “family-systems”
wedding that will lay a solid foundation for life-long marriage."

The Mother-In-Law Conundrum
Leanne Braddock, MEd, MA
Research and conventional wisdom say the mother-in-law
relationship is critical to happy marriages. Brainstorm and
add your own tips to those gathered from 1,000+ mothers
and children about how to get it right.

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.

101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married
Charles and Linda Bloom, MSWs
Learn simple but invaluable lessons – about vulnerability, privacy,
motivation, myths – to make love last and how to integrate the
lessons into a new or seasoned marriage.

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 so crucial
to the success of any remarriage.

The Art of Couples Play
Keith Hackett, DMin
Experience how play can improve your relationship
– help solve conflicts, have better sex, communicate and
bond. Learn how to create your own Playshop. Attend
alone or with a partner.

PAIRS: Skills for Couples
Elaine Braff, MPS, Hal Braff, JD
Whether you’re dating, engaged, married or remarried,
learn PAIRS skills guaranteed to kick your relationship
up a notch. Easy, enjoyable, and transforming – you’ll
use them ‘til death do you part.

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.

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.
Learn important steps to change the odds.

Safety First: Rapid Relationship Repair
Peter Pearson, PhD, Ellyn Bader, PhD
Even the best communication guidelines can be
useless when discussing hot topics and feeling upset.
Learn two techniques that manage the emotional brain
and melt grudges.

Getting to Know YOU
Lillian Breckenridge, PhD
Determine your Myers-Briggs personality type and
learn strategies to better navigate relationships and
differences. Couples and singles welcome!

816 - Cancelled
Stop Arguing/ Start Loving
Lee Raffel, MSW, Arlie Albrecht, MSSW, MFT

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.

Pre and Post Conference Training Institutes

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