Overview of Certification Requirements
This program is unique, different from any other relationship program. The workshop focuses on the heart and soul of emotional connection. During the workshop, couples are guided through exercises and interactional activities to help them learn how to find emotional safety and clarity in the communication process and learn how to navigate through conflict in a collaborative manner. Couples learn how to incorporate a healthy view of physical intimacy and sexual relations and explore the many barriers that can interfere with a healthy sexual relationship within the marital partnership. Finally, couples learn about the importance of uncovering and integrating shared goals and visions of their future together through new couple and family rituals and traditions.
The Building a Lasting Connection Program is structured around a relationship pyramid that has five sections including attachment, communication, managing conflict, physical intimacy, and shared dreams. Each section builds upon the last, so the couple is able to conceptualize their relationship as a process of building, growing, evolving, developing and rising up in a collaborative manner. In the program, couples will first be given an overview of the nature of love, and the core concepts of attachment. As the workshop proceeds, attachment remains interlaced with each concept to reinforce the foundational principle of attachment throughout the life of the marital relationship.
The workshop is typically presented in a 2-day format and must be led by a trained facilitator. Ideally, the facilitator would have one or two assistants as helpers to work with couples in the breakouts. The format of the program involves the following:
Short didactic presentations and discussions lead by a therapist facilitator.
Brief interactive exercises that allow the couples to experience and practice principles.
A short period of regrouping in order to process what was experienced in the exercises.
Discussion of homework and optional activities between sessions.
Attendee evaluations specific to each session.