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Strengthening Marriages and Families

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  1. Strengthening Marriages and Families Chapter 16

  2. Family Strengths and Universal Values

  3. Human Betterment…One Goal • Economic Adequacy • Justice • Freedom • Peacefulness Boulding, 1985

  4. Preparing for Marriage and Family Life

  5. Premarital Programs Effective Programs have: • Premarital inventory • Skill building component • Small discussion group format

  6. PREPARE Premarital Program Six Goals • Explore relationship strengths and growth areas • Develop or enhance communication and Assertiveness skills • Develop or enhance conflict resolution skills • Explore family of origin influences • Develop financial management skills • Develop personal, family, and couple goals

  7. Common Couple Challenges • Conflict resolution • Couple flexibility • Personality issues • Communication • Leisure activities • Parenting

  8. Seeking Family Assistance • Marriage and Family Therapists • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) • www.aamft.org

  9. Keys to Family Resiliency • Family Organizational Patterns: • Connectedness • Flexibility • Social and Economic Resources Walsh, 1998

  10. Keys to Family Resiliency • Family Communication Processes: • Clarity • Open emotional expression • Collaborative Problem Solving Walsh, 1998

  11. Keys to Family Resiliency • Family Belief Systems: • Making meaning of adversity • Positive Outlook • Transcendence and Spirituality Walsh, 1998

  12. Find the positive Pull together Communicate clearly Keep things in perspective Adopt new roles in flexible manner Look at big picture Find meaning and purpose Address challenges head on Strong Families…