Final Reminder: Flashes of Color Documentary Fundraising Event this Friday!

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Ruth Strand and Rick Johnson during shooting of the Flashes of Color trailer in Madison, Wisconsin



You are invited to the Flashes of Color documentary film fundraising event.


Attendees will view the Flashes of Color trailer with interviews and video footage from the film.

The evening will be hosted by Jan Benton, National Director of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD). We will also have a talk by a special guest - Trish Stone, a mother and sister of people with disabilities - and a short presentation about the project and its goals.


Drinks and light appetizers will be served.  

Children welcome!


Flashes of Color, seeks to highlight the profound contributions of people with disabilities at a time when a "culture of perfection" is fueling a deep and deadly bias against them.   

St. mary's Lyceum

St. Mary's Catholic Church

Alexandria, VA

Please feel free to forward the Email to friends who may be interested in attending.


Where: The Lyceum at St. Mary Catholic Church

313 Duke St. Alexandria, VA, 22314.


The Lyceum is wheelchair-accessible.


Parking: Street parking available. Also three small church parking lots are available close to the Lyceum:  at the corner of Royal and Wolfe; the corner of Duke and 

Fairfax and on the 300 block of Pitt St. 


When: Friday October 7th, 2011, 6- 8 pm


Why: To raise funds for the Flashes of Color documentary film project, currently in production. The support of people who care about persons with disabilities, and who understand the "flashes of color" they bring to our lives, is essential to this project's success.


Please RSVP by replying to this email or by sending an email to


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Pay at door. Cash and checks preferred. Checks payable to: American Values.*


Individuals $40 - Couples $70 - Students $35

All donations are tax-deductible.


For those who cannot attend but would still like to contribute to this important project, a check can be made out to American Values and sent to: In Altum Productions 7621 Provincial Dr. Suite 201, McLean VA, 22102.



Shooting with the Stone family 

in Kensington, Maryland

Evening's Schedule


6:00: Doors open, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Meet the Flashes of Color team.


7:00: Introduction to the evening


7:10: Viewing of documentary "sneak peek"


7:20: Testimonial by Trish Stone


7:30: Short presentation by the filmmakers, 

Jordan and Daniel Allott/Q & A


7:45: Conclusion and socialize


Shooting with the Stone family

in Kensington, Maryland


*To make your tax-deductible gift, please make all checks payable to our partner organization, American Values, a tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c)(3) public charity.  


We look forward to seeing you on October 7th!


For those who cannot attend, please LIKE us on Facebook and stayed tuned for future events and opportunities.   


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ACF announces over $119 million in Grant Awards for Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood

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Sent: Monday, October 03, 2011 2:03 PM
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Subject: ACF announces over $119 million in Grant Awards for Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood



Monday, October 3, 2011

Contact: Kenneth J. Wolfe

(202) 401-9215


ACF announces over $119 million in Grant Awards for Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood


HHS’ Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance (OFA) today announced $119,393,729 in grant awards to 120 grantees to promote healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood. Authorized by the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 (CRA), the grant awards will help fathers and families build strong relationships to support the well-being of their children.


“A strong and stable family is the greatest advantage any child can have,” said George Sheldon, HHS acting assistant secretary for children and families. “These grants support programs that promote responsible parenting, encourage healthy relationships and marriage, and help families move toward self-sufficiency and economic stability.”


The Healthy Marriage program awarded a total of $59,997,077 in grants, which include 60 Community-Centered Healthy Marriage grants and a National Resource Center for Strategies to Promote Healthy Marriage grant. The Responsible Fatherhood program awarded a total of $59,396,652 in grants, which include 55 Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood grants and four Community-Centered Responsible Fatherhood Ex-Prisoner Reentry Pilot Project grants.


These grants, administered by OFA, must have procedures in place to address issues of domestic violence and child abuse and neglect, and they must ensure that program participation is voluntary. HHS encouraged applicants to develop programs that emphasized providing comprehensive services to participants, including attention to the importance of employment and economic stability. 


The marriage and fatherhood grants were awarded through a competitive process and aim to test promising strategies for supporting healthy relationships and marriages and for helping fathers meet their parenting and financial obligations to their children. Organizations receiving healthy marriage grants may provide a range of services including marriage education, divorce reduction, and marriage and relationship skills programs that may include parenting skills, financial management, conflict resolution, and job and career advancement.  Fatherhood program funding must be used to promote responsible fatherhood through activities that promote or sustain marriage and responsible parenting, and that foster economic stability. 


Today’s $119 million in grants are part of a $150-million fund established by Congress to promote healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood. The remaining funds are allocated for research, a responsible fatherhood clearinghouse and Tribal TANF - Child Welfare grants (as authorized by the legislation), training and technical assistance for all grantees and administrative costs.


For the complete list of grantees visit:


For more information on the Office of Family Assistance visit:


For more information on Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood visit: and




Note: All ACF press releases, fact sheets and other press materials are available at

Relationship Enhancement Therapy Workshop Announcement

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Relationship Enhancement® Therapy with Couples and Families

November 4-6, 2011

Workshop Leader: Rob Scuka, Ph.D., Member of NIRE's Training Faculty

Rob is the author of Relationship Enhancement Therapy: Healing Through Deep Empathy and Intimate Dialogue.

Location: The workshop will be held in Bethesda, MD.

Workshop Description: The purpose of this three-day skills training workshop is to provide participants a comprehensive introduction to the theory and methodology underlying the RE model and to teach participants how  to conduct RE Therapy with couples and families, beginning with the intake interview and proceeding through all the phases of RE therapy.

Intensive Supervised Skills Practice: The workshop emphasizes the building of participants' therapeutic skills through a process that combines lecture, video, role-play demonstrations, and intensively supervised skill practice. The number of participants is limited in order to ensure frequent individual supervision when participants break into triads to practice the previously-demonstrated skills.

Workshop Objectives: Participants will learn:

  • How to structure an intake interview so as to minimize in-session conflict and maximize commitment to positive therapeutic engagement
  • How to teach clients the nine RE skills
  • How and when to use special RE therapy techniques of Becoming, Troubleshooting, Laundering and Double-Becoming to manage the clinical process
  • RE methods for crisis intervention
  • How to overcome power imbalances among family members
  • When and how to combine individual therapy of family members with RE couple and family therapy

Continuing Education: Upon completion, participants receive 20 CE credits for completing this workshop.

IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  IDEALS maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. NBCC provider #5560.
IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education programs for social workers. IDEALS/NIRE maintains responsibility for the program and adhering to the appropriate guidelines required by the respective organizations.

Number of participants strictly limited to assure ample individual supervision.

Fee: $375 (includes RE Therapist Manual).

For further information, or to register, please call NIRE at 301-986-1479.

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Courageous Arrives In Theaters Today

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Sent: Friday, September 30, 2011 5:04 AM
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September 30, 2011

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Courageous Arrives in Theaters!

Three years ago this weekend, Fireproof opened in theaters. Hearts were touched, lives were impacted, marriages were changed.

Today, COURAGEOUS takes to the big screen. What will happen this time around? Truly, only God knows. What we know is that He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can hope or imagine. And it starts this weekend.

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Honor Begins at Home

Four men, one calling: to serve and protect. When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God ... and to their children?

Protecting the streets is second nature to these officers. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That's courageous.

» Watch the Trailer

Opening Weekend Matters

At a sporting event, it's the scoreboard. In school, it's grades. In business, it's the bottom line. In the movie industry, it's opening weekend.

This weekend is the key for COURAGEOUS. While our hope and prayer is that this film will have a long-standing impact on families and fathers for generations to come, Hollywood will judge it by how it does at the box office today, tomorrow, and Sunday.

Each ticket you buy for COURAGEOUS this weekend is a loud vote telling movie executives that this is the kind of movie you support. Are you ready to be COURAGEOUS?

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It's Show Time

Tony Dungy is a Super Bowl-winning coach. Tony Dungy is an All Pro Dad. Tony Dungy wants you to see COURAGEOUS this weekend.

» Watch and Share Tony's Game-time Call to Action


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Institute in the Public Square

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Institute in the Public Square

Institute for American Values.

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Robert P. George
September 30, 2011

Robert P. George, September 30, 2011


See the most recent event held in our Center for Public Conversation:

Our Call to Civil Society

Watch the video of one of the nation's most prominent public intellectuals and Institute Board Chair, Jean Bethke Elshtain (the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics, Divinity School, The University of Chicago) discuss the state of American political life and culture with David Blankenhorn, president of the Institute for American Values.
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Why Cohabitation is Worse Than Divorce for Kids

W. Bradford Wilcox, Washington Post blog Conversations, September 9, 2011

"Given that cohabitation is about as risky for kids as is divorce, and given that cohabitation is now more common than parental divorce, the Why Marriage Matters authors concluded that the nation's ongoing cohabitation revolution now poses a greater threat to the welfare of America's kids than does the divorce revolution that was launched in the 1970s."

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Why Cohabiting is a Bad Idea for Some

Vicki Larson, Huffington Post, September 23, 2011

"I am about to say something that many might consider blasphemous -- I don't think couples should live together. Now, before you cast me as some pro-marriage, uber-conservative who has been reading one too many National Marriage Project (NMP) studies, be assured I am not. At the risk of sounding somewhat Orwellian, let me clarify: Living together is OK for some couples and not for others."

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When Marriage is for the Well-Off, What Does That Mean for Our Nation?

Editors, Battle Creek Enquirer, September 9, 2011

"[Institute senior fellow W. Bradford] Wilcox recently noted in a column in The New York Times, 'What looks to be an increasingly 'separate and unequal' future for marriage in America cannot be good for the future of the nation.'"

Read the Article

Governor Studies Ideas for a Marriage Initiative

Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, September 9, 2011

"The event was moderated by David Blankenhorn, president of the Institute for American Values in New York City. He was responsible for inviting more than a dozen of the people who joined [Governor Sam Brownback] for the lengthy conversation on marriage."

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Report Inconclusive on Whether State Benefit Programs Discourage Marriage

Brent D. Winstrom, The Wichita Eagle, September 28, 2011

"The legislative audit was spurred in part by a 2008 Institute for American Values study that estimates that failed marriages and unwed childbirths cost Kansas $389 million via programs such as Medicaid and the State Child Health Insurance Program, court costs and forgone tax revenue."

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Governor's Plan Aims to Solidify Families, Cut Poverty

Julian Walker, The Virginian-Pilot, September 26, 2011

"'Other research suggests stronger families benefit government,' said Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia. When families fail, he added, 'the state has to pick up the pieces, both in terms of spending more money and expanding more services.'"

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Humiliating the Lost Generation

Rod Dreher, The American Conservative, September 7, 2011

"In a national study of the American family released late last year [by the Institute for American Values], the sociologist [and Institute senior fellow] W. Bradford Wilcox wrote that among 'Middle Americans'--people with a high-school diploma but not a college degree--an array of signals of family dysfunction have begun to blink red. 'The family lives of today's moderately educated Americans,' which in the 1970s closely resembled those of college graduates, now 'increasingly resemble those of high-school dropouts, too often burdened by financial stress, partner conflict, single parenting, and troubled children.'"

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Panel Discussion on Marriage Attracts Protestors

John Wagner, Hudson Valley Your News Now, September 26, 2011

"'I asked myself will I be able to go into a place like the Bardavon Theater with a thousand people and say mothers and fathers matter for kids,' said Elizabeth Marquardt, Director at the Center for Marriage and Families, 'or will that be considered discriminatory speech?' 'This is a very heartfelt, emotional issue for everybody on both sides,' added Marquardt. 'The fact that people were able to come together and have a conversation that can be hard to have is a good sign.'"

Watch the Newscast | And read at Poughkeepsie Journal | And watch the video of the full panel discussion

Prop 8 Broadway Play Readies for Debut

Mark Kennedy, Huffington Post, September 15, 2011

"Rob Reiner will be playing David Blankenhorn, president of the Institute for American Values, who was one of two witnesses called by the opponents of gay marriage."

Read the Article | And read at the Wall Street Journal

Prop 8: The Broadway Show

Alison Frankel, Thomson Reuters blog On the Case, September 20, 2011

"'It is an interesting play of ideas and I wanted to see it,' [Maggie] Gallagher told me, adding that she had not come to protest. I asked if she thought it was a fair portrayal, Gallagher said she thought the writers quoted her accurately, and that they had tried to represent the views of her side. However, Gallagher thought the play did not fairly portray [David] Blankenhorn's views. 'He believes in all sincerity that gay love should be respected, but that marriage is between a husband and a wife.'"

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Marriage Activists Use Beyonce's Pregnancy to Send Message to Single Moms

Jeneba Ghatt, Washington Times, September 1, 2011

"Prominent marriage advocates like blogger Christelyn Karazin of the 'No Wedding No Womb' initiative that encourages in-wedlock births in the black community also addressed Justin Combs' tweet in a post on the Family Scholars website, 'Can Beyonce and Jay-Z make marriage cool?' 'To have a prominent young person--a member of hip hop royalty by birth--be nervy enough to distribute this message to over 200,000 followers is earth shaking,' Karazin wrote. 'Especially when this kid is the son of a man with multiple baby mommas. Perhaps there's hope after all.'"

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Are the Lyrics on The Sing-Off Too Violent?

Amy Ziettlow, Huffington Post, September 25, 2011

"'Now I love joyfully bopping around to Mars' 'Just the Way You Are,' but when you slow down and clearly enunciate the lyrics to 'Grenade' your mind is filled with disturbing and violent imagery. . . . Do we really want our young people to believe that love means threatening to do violence to your body and brain until the person reciprocates your level of emotion?"

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From Pennsylvania, A Cautionary Tale of Casino Profits Trailed by Corruption

Noah Bierman, Boston Globe, September 25, 2011

"As Massachusetts lawmakers prepare to embrace the riches that gambling venues can bring, the Pennsylvania experience could serve as a cautionary tale . . . a lesson that resonates in a state with its own rich history of public corruption. . . . 'The notion that somehow Massachusetts is going to do [casino gambling] differently is naive, and it's not based in reality,' said Les Bernal, [Institute partner and] executive director of the Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation, which opposes the state's casino legislation. Bernal points out that many of the casino operators in Pennsylvania have shown active interest in opening casinos in Massachusetts.

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Someone's Gotta Lose: Does the Mass. Lottery Target Poor People?

Tom Benner, Spare Change News, September 22, 2011

"Earlier this year, the state Lottery Commission set an aggressive $1 billion goal in profits with a plans for an array of raffle-style games and electronic vending machines to allow players to buy tickets for big jackpot drawings. Said Nathaniel Beaudoin of [Institute partner] Stop Predatory Gambling: 'In order to do that, they're going to have to create more addicts and more indebted families, because that's their base. That's just an unsustainable policy. They should be promoting policies that are encouraging people to save money to create real financial prosperity, instead of continuing policies that encourage working class families to go deeper into debt.'"

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Sugarhouse Casinos Plan to Expand

Ada Kulesza, Philadelphia Weekly blog Philadelphia Now, September 21, 2011

"Everything seemed pretty hunky dory until Paul Boni, an attorney and board member of [Institute partner] Stop Predatory Gambling, took the floor and said, 'The city is now actively promoting casinos in this town.' A large percentage of casino patrons visit more than three times a week, he says. The Sugarhouse Casino uses the same model and the same machines 'that are based on gambling addiction,' he said. 'To me I think that's evidence suggesting a massive amount of gambling addiction.' He added that most of the casino's revenues come from addicts."

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Gambling Foes Ready to Roll Dice with Anti-Casino Lawsuit

Thomas Grillo, Boston Herald, September 13, 2011

"The state's political leaders may have stacked the deck in favor of expanded gambling, but casino opponents say they're ready to go to court to stop the spinning roulette wheel."

Read the Article

The Big Federal Gamble

Andrew Ramonas, The National Law Journal, September 9, 2011

"'We think government needs to get out of the predatory gambling business because the evidence is overwhelming that it is a failed public policy,' said Les Bernal, [Institute partner and] executive director of Stop Predatory Gambling, a nonprofit raising awareness about what it calls the failed government policy of profiting from casinos and state lotteries."

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Governor, Legislative Leadership Announce Casino Bill

Christine M. Williams, The Boston Pilot, September 2, 2011

"'Casinos represent the most predatory business in America today because they are based on pushing people into deeper debt,' Les Bernal, executive director of [Institute partner] Stop Predatory Gambling, said. 'Government needs to get out of the predatory gambling business.'"

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Problem-gambling Council Backs Casino Plan Safeguards

Kyle Cheney, Taunton Daily Gazette, August 30, 2011

"[Institute partner] Les Bernal of Stop Predatory Gambling ripped expanded gambling as dependent on revenue derived from gambling addicts and he suggested that the relationship between compulsive gambling councils and state governments have caused the councils to remain muted. 'You have a lot of well-intended people like problem gambling councils who are dependent on the revenue for treatment and it's completely changed the debate,' he said."

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"Thrift and Thriving in America"

Patrick J. Deneen, Front Porch Republic, September 26, 2011

"'Thrift and Thriving in America' is the title of a new multi-author volume and edited by Joshua J. Yates and James Davison Hunter of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. I was one of the initial reviewers of the book, and found it to be a rich, vital and essential exploration of the idea, history, and practice of thrift in America."

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What Have We Learned?

David Blankenhorn, National Review Online, September 10, 2011

"September 11 impressed on us that there are organized networks in the world who aim to kill us for ideological reasons--and sometimes they succeed. That's certainly important. Beyond that, I'm not sure how much we've learned from 9/11."

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On Religious Freedom and Religious Extremism

Jean Bethke Elshtain, Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs

"The remembrance of 9/11 tells a story of heroism and self-sacrifice, a story of extremism and mass murder, a story of horror, pity, sorrow, and rage. The mind overflows with stunned memories: initial disbelief, anger, grief, determination. Much of this is difficult to put into precise words. There is so much and words often seem inadequate to the task."

Read the Article


September 30, 2011, "Three Views of Oman," St. Antony's College, Oxford, England

The opening of a photography exhibit about society and religion in Oman, 1945-2006. The exhibit is curated by Institute Executive Vice President Raina Sacks Blankenhorn. Photographs are by Wilfred Thesinger, Charles Butt, and Edward Grazda.

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October 21, 2011, "Second Chances: A Proposal to Reduce Unnecessary Divorce," Washington, DC

Panelists include William J. Doherty, "Second Chances" co-author and professor in the Department of Family Social Science and director of the Citizen Professional Center at the University of Minnesota; Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears (retired), "Second Chances" co-author and William Thomas Sears Distinguished Fellow in Family Law at the Institute for American Values; Robert Rector, Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation; Theodora Ooms, senior consultant, National Healthy Marriage Resource Center; discussion moderated by William A. Galston, Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in Governance Studies, Brooki

Reminder: Plan now for National Marriage Week USA!

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A friendly reminder to start planning for National Marriage Week USA!
February 7-14: National Marriage Week USA: Let's Strengthen Marriage

Friendly reminder: Start planning for National Marriage Week USA!

It's time to start planning a class, home group, or major event for National Marriage Week USA -- February 7 to 14, 2012. Join with others across the nation to create a ground swell of activity to strengthen marriages. We'll help get the word out about your event!

Please POST for FREE your events for Autumn 2011 or any for 2012 at

Last year hundreds of groups across the country hosted marriage events or classes to impact their community during the week leading up to Valentine's Day. National Marriage Week USA achieved solid media coverage for the cause of marriage. By joining forces in just our third year 2012, we can put marriage on the national agenda. For these troubled times, strong marriages provide economic stability for individuals, our government, and is best for raising children.

Why we must work together to bring national attention to the cause of marriage:

  • Divorce and unwed childbearing cost taxpayers a minimum of $112 BILLION a year
  • 40 % of all American babies are now born out-of-wedlock
  • 72 % of African American babies are born without married parents
  • 78 % of all U.S. adults were married in 1970; TODAY only 57% of adults are married
  • 7 times the rate of teen pregnancy when a girl's father leaves before she is six-years-old
  • Young men without both parents at home end up in jail twice as often as those from an intact family

Together, we can get more attention for the cause of strengthening marriage. Start planning now to:

  • Launch a marriage class at your church, or a neutral site like a library or community center
  • Host a special marriage speaker or conference in the week leading up to Valentine's Day
  • Ask your pastor to preach about strengthening marriage on the Sunday closest to Valentine's Day
  • Publicize ways to enhance a Valentine's Date Night and/or Plan a Renewal of Vows Church Service
  • Ask your Mayor or Governor to issue a proclamation for National Marriage Week USA. Click here for sample.
  • Use our free sample press release or PSA to gain attention for your efforts

Get FREE Resources at
Curriculum, Webinar, Logos, Events, Press releases, Mayoral Proclamation, Research, and more.

Please JOIN THE TEAM -- Post Your Event and Register so we can help publicize your efforts at

National Marriage Week USA is part of International Marriage Week, with 12 major countries around the world now mobilizing leaders and events to strengthen marriage in their countries.

Together...Let's Strengthen Marriage!

Sheila Weber
Executive Director, National Marriage Week USA (Feb. 7 to 14) 
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AFREM RETG Session Notice for 10-11-2011

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Call in and share, learn and network with others like yourself. BENEFITS INCLUDE:




Our session moderator will be Louise Guerney, Cofounder and developer of Filial Therapy and the RE model of Child Center Play Therapy!

Resource participants will include:

  • Barry Ginsberg, founder of the Center of Relationship Enhancement (CORE) located in Doylestown, PA.
  • Jodi Mullen, Associate Professor at SUNY at Oswego and Director of Integrative Counseling and Services in Cicreo and Oswego, NY.
  • M.P. Wiley, founder of Relationship Research Foundation, Inc. at Newport Beach, CA and Marriage Education (ME) Specialist.

Agenda will start with questions or discussion items from call-in participants followed by sharing of training moments that resulted in change in trainees. Join this important opportunity to SHARE AND LEARN. The date is Tuesday October 11th at 9:00 pm Eastern time (6:00 pm Pacific time).

Call in at 760-569-9000 and use bridgeline access code 975242#. No cost to participate except your telephone charge. Call John Griffin at 360-651-0610 or 425-299-2532 (cell) if you need more information or have questions.



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Upcoming Filial Family Therapy Workshop

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Filial Family Therapy Workshop

October 28-29, 2011

Workshop Leader: William Nordling, Ph.D., Member of NIRE's Training Faculty

Location: Bethesda, MD.

Workshop Description:  The purpose of this two-day training program is to provide participants who have had previous training in Child-Centered Play Therapy with a comprehensive introduction to the Filial Family Therapy Model and to teach participants the principles and techniques for conducting all aspects of Filial Family Therapy (FFT), from intake through termination. FFT is designed for instances where children between the ages of 2 and 12 present with problems where inclusion of their parent(s) would be advantageous. Essentially, parents are systematically trained to conduct therapeutically oriented play sessions with their children and receive ongoing supervision and support from the FFT-trained professional to help reach four goals: (1) reduction of child symptoms; (2) enhancement of the parent-child relationship; (3) improvement of the child's competence and self-esteem; and (4) improvement in parenting skills. Research has proven FFT to be a highly effective approach that has demonstrated the attainment of goals across a wide variety of problems.

Intensive Supervised Skills Practice:  The workshop emphasizes the building of participants' therapeutic skills through the use of lecture, video examples, and supervised skills training. Participants will practice via role-plays the methods of training, supervising, and supporting parents as they learn to conduct therapeutic play sessions with their children. Attention will also be given to the specifics of organizing and initiating FFT in participants' own settings. The ratio of participants to workshop leader(s) is kept small so as to ensure ample opportunity for skills training and individual supervision.

Workshop Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the rationale for and the process of FFT
  • Become aware of the history, development and research support for FFT
  • Learn how to determine if the method is appropriate for families and how to conduct an FFT intake
  • Learn how to train and supervise parents to conduct therapeutic play with their children
  • Practice the application of the method through supervised role-plays
  • Learn how to evaluate and attainment of therapeutic goals and termination

Continuing Education: Upon completion, participants receive 13 CE credits for completing this workshop.

IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education programs specific to play therapy.  APT Preferred Provider 95-009.

IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  IDEALS maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

DEALS/NIRE is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. NBCC provider #5560.

IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education programs for social workers.

IDEALS/NIRE maintains responsibility for the program and adhering to the appropriate guidelines required by the respective organizations.

Fee: $265 (includes packet of materials)

For further information, or to register, please call NIRE at 301-986-1479.

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