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.

*All Chicago Locations are  -- Chicago, Illinois  --  http://chicagosbestcouplesworkshop.com/

November 11-12, 2017  -- Chicago
September 9-10, 2017  -- Chicago
June 17-18, 2017  -- Chicago
April 8-9, 2017  -- Chicago

September 10-11, 2106  -- Chicago
June 11-12, 2016  -- Chicago
March 19-20, 2106  -- Chicago

June 20-21, 2015  -- Chicago
March 7-8, 2015 -- Chicago

October 31 - November 1, 2014 -- Chicago
April 12-13, 2014 – Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX www.CouplesCounselingFortWorth.com

June 22 - 23, 2013  -- Chicago
February 16-17, 2013 -- Chicago

May 5-6, 2012  -- Chicago

February 11-12, 2011  -- Chicago
November 5-6, 2011  -- Chicago
January 29-30, 2011 -- St. Louis, Missouri -- http://stlouiscouplesworkshops.com

November 13-14, 2010  -- Chicago
April 24-25, 2010 -- St. Louis, Missouri -- http://stlouiscouplesworkshops.com
April 10-11, 2010 -- Mt. Pleasant, Michigan -- St. John’s Episcopal Church

November 7-8, 2009  -- Chicago
Sept. 26-27, 2009  -- St. Louis, Missouri  -- http://www.stlouiscouplesworkshops.com/
May 16-17, 2009 -- Houston, Texas -- http://www.relationshipcounseling.us/workshops.html
April 25-26, 2009 -- St. Louis, Missouri --  http://www.stlouiscouplesworkshops.com/
March 28-29, 2009 --  Chicago
March 14-15, 2009 -- Austin, Texas -- http://www.txcouplesworkshops.com/

Jan. 24 - 25, 2008 -- St. Louis, Missouri -- www.StLouisCouplesWorkshops.com
Oct. 11- 12, 2008  -- Chicago
Sept. 5 - 6, 2008 -- St. Louis, Missouri -- www.StLouisCouplesWorkshops.com

2018 
Caring for People with Low to Mid-Level Depression Symptoms
(training class for Care Givers group – Stephen Ministers) This training will address the impact of loss and depression on older adults’ lives as well as the importance of listening.  12:30 p.m. February 11, 2018, First Presbyterian Church, Ft. Worth, TX

Sharing Needs – Building Trust
Do you wonder how to build trust in your relationship? This couples retreat will focus on communicating needs in a way that helps your partner or spouse to “be there for you”. Take some time for fun with other couples.  February 3-4, 2018, University Christian Church Couples Retreat, Ft. Worth, TX

2017
Expressing Needs and Building Trust 
Trust is foundational in all kinds of relationships. Asking for and expressing needs helps the relationship thrive.  This seminar will look at ways to strengthen trust as people express and respond to one another in healthy ways. 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., September 30, 2017, First Presbyterian Church, Ft. Worth, TX

2016
Preparing for Marriage
This pre-marriage enrichment class will help couples prepare for their marriage as well as for their wedding day.  Topics will include healthy communication, understanding personality differences, and exploring ways to enhance intimacy and satisfaction in marriage.  April 2016, First United Methodist Church, Ft. Worth, TX

2015
Married with Children 
Have you recently added a baby to your family? This event will include conversation with other new parents about changes and daily demands; will give ways to nurture your couple’s relationship in little windows of time; and identify steps to avoiding common pit falls of this family life stage. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., September 26, 2015, First Presbyterian Church, Ft. Worth, TX

Couples Communication 101 – Assertiveness and Making Requests
This seminar shares important skills of listening, assertive communication and making requests.  7 – 8:30 p.m. Friday, September 25, 2015 - Co-facilitated with Lauren Leising, LMFT

Couples Communication 102 – Managing Conflict
This seminar shares important skills to manage relationship conflicts including time outs, listening well, and problem solving together.  7 – 8:30 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2015 - Co-facilitated with Lauren Leising, LMFT

Side by Side… As Families Change 
Change comes to all families in a variety of ways.  In this workshop, information about healthy transitions, good communication, learning balance when tensions are high, qualities of resilient families, and life transitions will be discussed with other people who are also experiencing family change.  8:30 am – 12:00 pm, Saturday, February 14, 2015 - First Presbyterian Church, Ft. Worth, TX

Preparing for Marriage
This pre-marriage enrichment class will help couples prepare for their marriage as well as for their wedding day.  Topics will include healthy communication, understanding personality differences, and exploring ways to enhance intimacy and satisfaction in marriage.  Sunday mornings, 9:00 – 10:30 am, February 1 – 22, 2015. First United Methodist Church, Ft. Worth, TX

2014
Couples Communication 101 – Assertiveness and Making Requests
This seminar shares important skills of listening, assertive communication and making requests.  7 – 8:30 p.m. Friday, December 5, 2014 - Co-facilitated with Lauren Leising, LMFT

Preparing for Marriage
This pre-marriage enrichment class will help couples prepare for their marriage as well as for their wedding day.  Topics will include healthy communication, understanding personality differences, and exploring ways to enhance intimacy and satisfaction in marriage.  Sunday mornings | 9:00 – 10:30 am, October 5 – 26, 2014. First United Methodist Church, Ft. Worth, TX

Prioritizing Passion: Sex in Marriage
Strengthen your intimacy and passion by talking with your spouse about this important part of your relationship.  Come share some time with others as we discuss prioritizing romance.  9 – 11:30 a.m., February 8, 2014, First Presbyterian Church, Ft. Worth, TX

2013
Beyond A Number: Schizophrenia, Family Support and Good Therapy
This professional education seminar will discuss the daily impact of schizophrenia on individuals and families, and the important role of mental health professionals through sharing personal experiences and interactive conversation.  7:45 – 8:45 a.m., November 19, 2013, Co-presented with Dana Marshall, Tarrant County AAMFT

How to Care for Mildly to Moderately Depressed Persons 
(training class for Care Givers group – Stephen Ministers) This training will address the impact of loss and depression on older adults’ lives as well as the importance of listening.  April 17, 2013, First Presbyterian Church, Ft. Worth, TX

Boundaries, Rules and Wise Counsel -  Ethics in Social Work
Self-care, knowing the rules, and seeking out consultation are critical when dealing with difficult clinical situations.  This 3-hour ethics class will focus on increasing self-awareness, use of colleagues and asking for help.  March 18, 2013, sponsored by Cancer Care Services, Ft. Worth, TX.

2012
Being the Partner You’ve Always Wanted and More
Being a loving partner or spouse can often be interrupted by busyness, family life and personality differences.  This seminar will focus on ways to communicate and be more of what your partner needs.  November 11, 2012, First Presbyterian Church, Ft. Worth, TX.

The Sound Relationship House
Couples can build a strong and healthy relationship using the information and skills from The Gottman Institute’s research about marriage. September 30, 2012, First Presbyterian Church, Ft. Worth, TX.

Resilience In The Face Of Grief And Loss – Tools and Help
(Inservice for the social work staff of Cancer Care Services) Grief is rarely comfortable but there are processes that can facilitate a resilient response to illness, change and death.  Support networks, positive coping, and emotional skill are three helpful tools for making necessary adjustments when loss happens.  April 23, 2012. Ft. Worth, TX.

2011
Basics and Beyond with Gottman Couples Therapy
Key concepts of the Gottman research including the positive bank account, strengthening friendship and conflict skills, and tools for immediate use with clients will be covered in this professional seminar.  October 18, 2011, Tarrant County AAMFT

Grace in Your Face
This time away with other women will explore and celebrate God’s grace as revealed in relationships, through painful experiences, and through abundant grace in community. April 29, 2011 – May 1, 2011 Missouri Mid-South UCC Women’s Retreat

Marriage Workshop 
Months or years after the wedding vows – life can be get busy and stressful.  Join others in learning what causes divorce and what you can do immediately to create a strong and healthy relationship. February 19, 2011, First Presbyterian Church, Ft. Worth, TX.

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.

2010 
Helpful or Harmful?  Relationships and Spirituality for Healing
Relationships and spiritual beliefs can be some of the most powerful or harmful tools for individuals and families facing cancer.  This talk will focus on what helps people stand together in hope in times of illness. September 3, 2010, Tarrant Oncology Social Workers Group.

2009
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.

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

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. 

2008
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.