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Mastering the Mysteries of Love is a hands-on, activity-based course that teaches healthy marriage relationship enhancement skills for married and engaged couples.

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These proven techniques help couples build skills such as showing understanding, discussion skills, expression skills, and much more. By the end of the course, couples will learn how to establish and maintain honesty, compassion, empathy, and trust in their relationship.

Generally speaking, our parents and their marriages are in crisis. The trauma of having lost their children contributes to these couplesí reacting to each other with a high intensity of emotions. Because of the volatile nature of these interactions, we find that we usually need to make modifications to fit each coupleís immediate needs. Mostly, our instructors model effective communication skills as they address these couplesí most pressing issues.

The couples we serve at Compassion House are in dire need of these simple tools for effective communication. Arguing and fighting can be drastically reduced when couples learn to express themselves better, listen to each other, come to agreements, and follow through in ways that bring out the best in each person.

Some of our couples, who are already in our parenting classes, Nurturing Godís Way, have requested Marriage Enrichment classes also incorporate Biblical principles. We provide this additional information based on their needs and preferences.

The 10 Skills in Mastering the Mysteries of Love:
  • Showing Understanding
  • Expression
  • Discussion
  • Problem Solving
  • Self-change
  • Helping others change
  • Coaching
  • Conflict Management
  • Generalization
  • Maintenance

  • The 10 Skills Help People:
    • Understand each other better
    • Express themselves in ways that get cooperation
    • Problem solve in ways that meet both people's needs
    • Generalize their learning from structured dialogues to use throughout their lives

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    Is Marital or Premarital Education Important?

    The short answer is a resounding YES! Getting married without premarital preparation is like starting a business or any important venture without a plan.

    Most engaged couples assume their marriage will not fail. However, the reality is half of all marriages do end in divorce, and only 50% of those who remain married are truly happy.

    Most couples just don't realize that good, skill-based pre-marriage counseling or classes can reduce the risk of divorce by up to 30% and lead to a significantly happier marriage, according to marriage research.

    It can also reduce the stress of the pre-wedding period.

    Here's a list of seven relationship skill and knowledge areas that research has shown to contribute to the success and endurance of marriage:
    • Compatibility
    • Expectations
    • Personalities and families-of-origin
    • Communication
    • Conflict resolution
    • Intimacy
    • Long-term goals

    --Our classes include an assessment inventory to help couples understand their areas of compatibility and strength, as well as areas they may need to address.

    --We offer small group settings which are more engaging and individualized than large classes. The classes are comprehensive, systematic, and skill-based. Participants practice what they learn in class. These exercises are important and fun! Many find a group experience to be more involving and stimulating than individual counseling.

    --Our classes help couples agree on goals and strategies for managing and continuing to work on their most important unresolved issues.

    --We are willing to work with couples on an individual basis, as needed.

    --This program is 16 hours (sometimes more, if needed).