Fwd: Save the Date for "7 Stages of Marriage" Seminar

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From: Rita DeMaria, PhD <drrita@ritademaria.com>
Date: Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 8:36 AM
Subject: Save the Date for "7 Stages of Marriage" Seminar
To: billcoffin68@gmail.com

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Saturday, September 12, 2015
Seminar: "7 Stages of Marriage"

This 3-hour seminar will provide a practical timeline for understanding the dimensions and stages of marriage and how love evolves through time in healthy relationships. The Stages of Marriage Questionnaire (SMQ) will be introduced as well as the survey findings from 1,000 couples. Participants will be able to apply learning to relationship education, couples therapy, and marriage enrichment that strengthens communication, passion, and friendship. Each stage has a set of tasks that help couples develop a committed, loving, and understanding relationship. This seminar will include presentations and group discussion as well as individual and small group work.

3.0 PCB Approved Education Credits

3.0 Continuing Education Credits for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. This is NOT an approved CE for Psychologists.
 Penn Foundation
Loux Healthcare Center
Univest Community Room
807 Lawn Avenue
Sellersville, PA 18960
8:30 - 9:00 AM  
 Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM- 12:00 PM 

Upcoming Programs
Couples Communication Essentials  - Individuals and couples welcome.

The Couples Communication Essentials class is a research-based approach to teaching couples (premarital, committed, or married) how to communicate effectively, manage conflicts without damaging closeness, and how to preserve and enhance commitment, friendship and intimacy. The premise is that it's not how much you love each other that makes a relationship or marriage work; it's how you resolve differences and preserve fun and sensuality that keeps a relationship strong. This one-day course uses teaching, videos, role-plays, group discussions and private coaching to educate couples in an atmosphere of informality and comfort. Participants will learn how to:

  • communicate effectively
  • manage conflicts
  • preserve and enhance commitment, friendship and intimacy
Part 1: The Basics
Saturday, August 29, 9:30am - 4pm
at Council for Relationships' University City Office - Register online today!

Part 2: Resolving Differences
Saturday, September 19, 9:30am - 4pm
at Council for Relationships' University City Office - Register online today!

Fwd: Mobile outreach to expecting/new dads: Your input requested

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From: Emily Cramer <emcramer@noctrl.edu>
Date: Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 3:39 PM
Subject: Mobile outreach to expecting/new dads: Your input requested
To: FRPN@list.frpn.org

Dear FRPN Listserv Member,

We are requesting your consultation and advice as we prepare to initiate a community-based mobile outreach program for expecting and new fathers. With support from Text4Baby, a national text-messaging service for expecting/new moms, and through start-up funding from North Central College (Naperville IL), we are taking preliminary steps to developing a corpus of text messages for fathers and then to test the messages with a sample of fathers from the Chicagoland area.

Here’s where we’d appreciate your help: we are contacting you to gauge your interest in reviewing the messages we develop and partnering with us to initiate the program. The messages contain advice and suggestions, grounded in evidence-based research, for dads to consider before and after baby is born. While we are familiar with research on father involvement, we believe the most valuable consultation comes from those who are connecting with dads on a daily basis. 

We are near completion in developing a corpus of 50+ evidence-based text messages geared towards dads preparing for baby or caring for baby after birth. Upon completion, we would like to be able to send the draft of messages to you for your review. Your thoughts about content to add, edit, or remove would be so helpful as we prepare for the next step of our project: to recruit and send messages to fathers in the community. 

The project is guided by principles of community-based participatory research. We value your partnership: If you are interested in collaborating with us on the project, please let us know by responding to this e-mail. 

If you’d prefer to talk through the project to a greater extent, we would love to set up a phone conversation or face-to-face meeting. The principal investigator can be reached at (630) 637-5380 or emcramer@noctrl.edu. More information, including a project narrative and sample text messages, can be viewed at www.text4dads.org

Regards and With Appreciation,
Emily M. Cramer, PhD, Principal Investigator, North Central College
Alexis Marsh ’16, Student Investigator, North Central College

This email list is intended to facilitate a discussion between fatherhood researchers and practitioners on topics related to evaluation research.
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Fwd: To minimize divorce risk, don't marry too young—or old (and more Family Studies articles)

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From: "Institute for Family Studies" <editor@family-studies.org>
Date: Jul 16, 2015 2:08 PM
Subject: To minimize divorce risk, don't marry too young—or old (and more Family Studies articles)
To: "Bill" <billcoffin68@gmail.com>

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This Week on Family-Studies.org

Sociologist Nicholas Wolfinger showed that the link between age at first marriage and divorce risk has changed in recent years, and marital therapist Steven Harris explained how a recent NBA contract dispute resembles an unhappy marriage. David Lapp questioned whether working-class young people even want much-lamented factory jobs to come back. Finally, Anna Sutherland documented how parents are supporting their adult children these days.

The Right Age to Marry

by Nicholas H. Wolfinger

If you hope to avoid divorce, what’s the ideal age to get married? For years, it seemed like the longer you waited to marry, the better. But now, the best time is the late 20s or early 30s.

Not Everyone Wants Factory Jobs

by David Lapp

We hear a lot about how the loss of factory jobs hurt the working class. But many young people in that demographic have tried working in factories—and don’t want to go back.

Court-ship and Marriage

by Steven M. Harris

Why the NBA contract drama involving DeAndre Jordan and Mark Cuban reminds one marital therapist of struggling couples on the brink of divorce.

IFS Around the Web

Jordan Weissmann reported on Nicholas Wolfinger’s  findings about age at marriage and divorce risk at Slate. He terms the new trend “the Goldilocks theory of marriage: Getting married too early is risky, but so is getting married too late.”

After the Demographic Dividend

by Anna Sutherland

In the right circumstances, falling fertility rates can spur economic growth. But in some nations they fall too far, which only creates new challenges. [From the archives]

Supporting Adult Children

by Anna Sutherland

These days, many parents provide financial and other forms of support to their sons and daughters well after they turn 18. But is their well-intended help doing more harm than good?
View more Family-Studies blog posts.
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Fwd: Teaching Empathy: No better time than now

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From: Romina Laouri <updates@ashokanews.org>
Date: Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 1:23 PM
Subject: Teaching Empathy: No better time than now
To: "billcoffin68@gmail.com" <billcoffin68@gmail.com>


Hi Bill,

We are excited to share that we have launched a new blog series, Changemaker Education, where our global network of educators will share their insights about teaching and practicing empathy! By partnering with Medium, we hope to facilitate a more inclusive conversation around our vision for change: that every child must master empathy.

This newsletter is dedicated to exploring the role of empathy in stemming violence. In light of recent tragic incidences of violence and hate in the news, we are working extra hard to include all educators, parents, and other influencers in the conversation around empathy.

We hope you enjoy the articles below! Please feel free to send feedback by replying to this newsletter. Also, if you would like to write for our Changemaker Education blog or become an Ashoka Empathy Ambassador, please reach out to us!


Romina Laouri

Changemaker Schools

Ashoka's Start Empathy Initiative

Charleston: A life lesson on bringing empathy to the forefront

Ashoka Empathy Ambassador Patrick Riccards shares his story of how he learned about empathy, equity, and community as a child, and how he is now teaching his children the same lessons in the wake of the horrific actions against Emanuel AME Church. "It is my hope that [my children] will speak of how far we have come in two decades to tear down the walls and silos of difference in pursuit of identifying the similarities that define us." Read the full article here on our Changemaker Education blog.

Stemming the tide towards violence: What is an educator's responsibility in troubled times?

As head of High Meadow School, Michelle Rosenfeld Hughes, writes: "there is no better time for educators around the world to collectively reflect on how education can stem the tide of young people towards mass violence and extremism and towards civic engagement and problem-solving." Hughes continues to share what she believes are the essential components of socio-emotional development that support the growth of civic behaviors. Read the full article here.

Why the world would be better if we acted more like toddlers

In teaching children empathy, we are also learning how to be empathic individuals ourselves. Ashoka Empathy Ambassador and passionate creator of safe spaces for children, Jen Cort, shares of 12 ways she has observed toddlers demonstrating empathy, in hopes that we learn how to exercise these same practices especially in the face of tragedies. Read the full article here on our Changemaker Education blog.

In the News:

Empathy Is Actually A Choice

By Daryl Cameron, Michael Inzlicht and William A. Cunningham

Featured in The New York Times on July 10

What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?

By Katherine Reynolds Lewis

Featured in Mother Jones in July/August Issue

On Social Media:

Educators know that it's a challenge to discipline kids in a #restorative way. Perhaps #deeperlearning can help: http://ow.ly/NJBoz

Posted by @StartEmpathy on June 23

Social-Emotional learning is crucial 4 supporting future generations, and discovering the next gen of #changemakers. http://ow.ly/NJKRm

Posted by @StartEmpathy on June 23

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Fwd: Re-Watch Our Recent Webinar on Marriage

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Subject: Re-Watch Our Recent Webinar on Marriage
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