The Art & Science of Love: A Weekend Workshop for Couples 

This workshop is designed to teach you exactly what successful couples do to foster romance and harmony in their relationships. It is designed to strengthen your marriage or relationship. If you have a strong relationship, this workshop will provide you with the insights and tools to make it a great one. If your relationship is distressed, then this two-day workshop will provide a road map for repair.

June 22 - 23, 2013  -- Chicago, Illinois  --
February 16-17, 2013 May 5-6, 2012  -- Chicago, Illinois  --
February 11-12, 2011  -- Chicago, Illinois  --
November 5-6, 2011  -- Chicago, Illinois  --
January 29-30, 2011 -- St. Louis, Missouri --
November 13-14, 2010  -- Chicago, Illinois  --
April 24-25, 2010 -- St. Louis, Missouri --
April 10-11, 2010 -- Mt. Pleasant, Michigan -- St. John’s Episcopal Church
November 7-8, 2009  -- Chicago, Illinois  --
Sept. 26-27, 2009  -- St. Louis, Missouri  --
May 16-17, 2009 -- Houston, Texas --
April 25-26, 2009 -- St. Louis, Missouri --
March 28-29, 2009 --  Chicago, Illinois  --
March 14-15, 2009 -- Austin, Texas --
Jan. 24 - 25, 2008 -- St. Louis, Missouri --
Oct. 11- 12, 2008  -- Chicago, Illinois --
Sept. 5 - 6, 2008 -- St. Louis, Missouri --

I Do, We Will - Supporting Couples in the Church

Developing lasting, healthy relationships requires the support of community, including the church. This forum will explore pastoral and programmatic ways to strengthen gay/lesbian, long term marriages and other kinds of covenantal relationships.  Friday, March 4, 2011, Brite Divinity School, Ft. Worth, Texas.

Standing Together When Emotions Are Intense 

Using conflict to create connection in relationships is an important tool.  We’ll examine the role of emotion as a connecting force and learn more about needs and hopes during difficult emotional times.  Conflict often is an expression of a need for change and it can be a connecting force.  2 Sessions - Sundays November 15 and November 22, 2009 -- 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.   Barron House - 516 College Street, Ft. Worth, TX.

Standing in the Middle:  Gottman Method, Marriage Therapy, and Same-Sex Couples

(The Sixth Annual Conference on Gottman Method Couples Therapy)  This presentation will focus on understanding what makes same-sex couples different from heterosexual couples, how Gottman therapy helps and how cultural norms of marriage affect all couples. Friday, October 30, 2009, 11:15 - 12:15, Seattle, Washington.

Open Hearted Listening

Everyone wants to be understood.  Learn how to be receptive, how to ask quesions with a curious intent, and how to hear the deeper meaning.  All of your relationships can be strengthened with these attitudes and skills.  Monday, October 19, 2009 -- 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Barron House - 516 College Street, Ft. Worth, TX. 

Strengths & Opportunities of LGBT Relationships

There are skills that build positive friendship, manage conflict productively and create a meaningful life together.  Thursday, July 16, 2009.  Agape Metropolitan Community Church

Resilience Through Healthy Relationships

(Continuing Education for Stephen Ministers) Being relationally connected can make a significant difference in recovering from illness and stressful change.  In this conversation we will reflect on the importance of relationships that buffer us from stress and nurture our sense of belonging.  Creating new meaning during times of change can be one way that Stephen Ministers offer hope and resiliency to those whom they serve.  Tuesday, June 9.  Genesis United Methodist Church.

Your "Perfect" Partner - The Love Conference

This interactive workshop will discuss finding your "perfect" partner and the skills and toos that create healthy romantic relationships.  This conference was developed by students.  Thursday, April 9, 2009. Tarrant County College - Northwest Campus

Spiritual Resources During Illness and Loss

(Inservice for the Staff of Cancer Care Services)  Turning to spirituality can be a resource and it can also present obstacles when people face life transforming events.  Sources of comfort, daily anchors of care, connection to community and questions of meaning are frequent concerns people face.  Monday, March 23, 2009 -- 8:30 a.m.

The Sound Relationship House

Ever wonder what makes some couples happy and stable and other break up?  Come learn about Dr. John Gottman’s 30 years of reasearch.  There are specific skills and behaviors you can begin using today in your relationships, whether you are in a partnership or not.   Barron House - 516 College Street, Ft. Worth, TX.  Friday, April 3, 2009 -- 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Standing Together Against Life’s Stresses

When life’s events (whether financial, family, health or career) become stressful, it’s important to rely on a support network, to find ways of reducing daily pressures, and to create meaningful rituals for connecting to sources of strength.  Come learn how you can become more resilient and healthy in your life.  Barron House - 516 College Street, Ft. Worth, TX.  Sunday, March 8, 2009 -- 2-3:30 p.m.

Healthy Families, Healing Families: Teens Coming Out to Parents

Talk given at PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) about teenagers coming out to parents, how parents can help and recent research from The Family Acceptance Project.  Thursday, February 5, 2009. 

Social Work and Mental Health

Guest for class panel in Social Work introduction class at Texas Christian University.  Taught by Leslie Lovett, Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work.  Friday, November 21, 2008.  

Domestic Partners Seminar

This 4 session seminar was offered by Francie Cooper, Life Coach and Rachel Malone, Financial Planner.  Francie Cooper and Joy Allen co-led the Life Planning session on October 28, 2008 at Celebration Church.

Healthy Relationships: One Key to Physical Health

How relationships, community and support help with stress, illness and healing.  Wellness Lecture - First Congregational United Church of Christ.   Monday, October 13, 2008 6:30 p.m.

Domestic Partners Seminar

This 4 session seminar was offered in October 2008 by Francie Cooper, Life Coach and Rachel Malone, Financial Planner.  Francie Cooper and Joy Allen co-led the Life Planning session October 8, 2008.