Candidates for IFS Friday Five

1. Designing the Fatherhood TIES Project: Identifying Core Components in Fatherhood Programs Through a Multimethod Analysis Approach

Mancini, Patrizia, Ellie Wilson, Meghan McCormick, Dara Lewis, Bright Sarfo, and Dina Israel


Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS)

2. Three painfully obvious suggestions to reduce your child’s screen time


3. Married couple families still the majority, finds ONS

Harry Benson


HMRC Marriage Allowance: are you missing out on £252 boost?

4.  Morality in romantic relationships: The role of moral disengagement in relationship satisfaction, definitions of infidelity, and committed cheating 

Verena Aignesberger | Tobias Greitemeyer

5.  Examining Predictors of Relationship Dissolution Among Unmarried Parents: Applying the Vulnerability–Stress–Adaptation Framework 

Jeneé C. Duncan, Xiaoya Zhang, Ted G. Futris, and Katherine M. Sims

6. Wisdom for Parents: Key Ideas from Parent Educators, 2nd Edition,

Call for Authors: Deadline Extended to June 7

7. A link between strokes and your spouse? URI study takes a look at health and romance

Jack Perry, Providence Journal

8. Healthy marriages good for Utah taxpayers, says governor’s adviser


9. Mornings with Eric and Brigitte

Hour 1: Tools to Build a Strong Marriage - with Julie Baumgardner


What Culture Isn't Telling You About Marriage

Candidates for IFS Friday Five

1. 2023 Needs and impact survey insights


The National Working Families Survey

2. Five Things Teens Wish You Knew About Them


Can Parenting Make You a Better Person?


3. Key takeaways on reducing intergenerational poverty

Simon Hodson

4.  Friendship Dissolution: An Unspoken Loss During Emerging Adulthood 


5.  Disentangling between- and within-person variation in relationship science 

Marcus Mund | Yoobin Park | Steffen Nestler

6. Warning over 'terrifying' increase in abuse linked to nude image sharing

Joe Lepper

7.  Impact of Live-in Relationships on Marriage and Family Institutions: A Societal Perspective


8. How Is Population Shifting in Your State?

Marriage Rates by State: 2019-2021

9. Finalized Rule Expands Public Agencies Ability to Fund Legal Representation on Behalf of Families Involved in Child Welfare

10. 3 Telltale Signs That a Relationship Has Marriage Material


Candidates for the IFS Friday Five

1. Reducing Intergenerational Poverty

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

2. Why play is serious work

For children and adults

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Rebecca Winthrop, and Sweta Shah

3. Emerging Relationships: Preparing for Healthy Relationships

Thu, May 16, 2024, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT

4. More Than 6 in 10 Hispanic Children’s Households Experienced Material Hardship in 2020

5. Governments Complain About Low Birth Rates at UN Population Conference

6. Screen time drug addiction – children, teens, and everyone else at risk

 By Ray Shaw

7. A Different Kind of Dad Book: Lucas Mann on Fatherhood, Writing, and the Essay as an Act of Care

The Author of “Attachments: Essays on Fatherhood and Other Performances” in Talks to Brian Gresko


The Rectangle, or the Kid


9. Marriage & Intimate Partnerships

Jesuit Plantation Project

Candidates for IFS Friday Five

1. The decisive decade: Understanding the trajectories of 14- to 24-year-olds

Richard V. Reeves and Ember Smith

2. Survey finds loneliness epidemic runs deep among parents

Kate Gawlik

3. 2024 NARME Plenary Speakers

4. New research on what parents and carers worry about

5. Want to boost birth rates? Stop taxing mothers

6. New Research on the Damaging Fallout of the Hookup Culture

Posted by Daily Citizen Staff 


Six in 10 young Koreans say children ‘not necessary’ after marriage: poll

Jung Min-ho

8. The closing of the American heart

By W. Bradford Wilcox for Deseret News

9. Canada's divorce rate is the lowest in 50 years, but fewer people are getting married at all

Natalie Stechyson · CBC News 

10. Hampton University Shows the Role HBCUs Play in Strengthening the Black Family Is Crucial

11. Emerging Relationships

Preparing for Healthy Relationships:

Relationship Skills for 5th and 6th Graders


Candidates for IFS Friday Five

1. How Men Can Help Resolve Tensions Between Work and Family

2. Fostering Healthy Communication Between Parents and Children: Benefits and Tips

Healthy Relationships California

3. Circling the Poles with Skill: The Use of Relationship Enhancement as an Antidote to Polarization

Presenter: Mary Ortwein, MS, LMFT

Saturday, May 18, 2024: 10 am – 1:15 pm (Eastern time zone)

4. Updates on State Policies and Programs to Support Alternative Routes to Education and Employment

Apr 2024 | Jessica Pearson, Ph.D., and Rachel Wildfeuer, Ph.D.


Fathers’ views on family and work after COVID-19 lockdowns

By Elisabeth Duursma and Jane Herbert

5.  The Marriage Perspectives in "Pride and Prejudice" and Their Implications 

Xueyu Luo

6. The Power of 100 Years of Research in Informing Policy and Practice for Black Families: Lessons Learned for the Future

May 8, 2024, 02:00 PM 


8. The decisive decade? Mapping key trends among adolescents and young adults in the US

Monday, April 29, 2024, 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

9. Marriagelessness and the Loss of National Greatness

Catherine Pakaluk


March Madness and Your Marriage



Fwd: RE-Filial Conference webinar presentation May 18, 2024

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Please forward this announcement to colleagues and any list serves you may be on


MAY 18, 2024

3-Hour Live Interactive Webinar Via ZOOM


In lieu of NIRE's usual Relationship Enhancement / Filial Conference offered each Spring, NIRE is offering this stand alone webinar on a timely topic related to our culture and society at large.

Additional Special Webinars may be offered in the Fall

Circling the Poles with Skill: The Use of Relationship Enhancement as an Antidote to Polarization

Presenter: Mary Ortwein, MS, LMFT

Saturday, May 18, 2024: 10 am – 1:15 pm (Eastern time zone), with one 15-minute break

Live Interactive Webinar via Zoom. 3 CE Credits

To register, please go to:


Polarization has become a buzzword and presence in the highly politicized culture of today.  We, as practitioners of the Educational Model of Therapy and Relationship Enhancement® methods, have skills to diminish the effects of polarization in individuals, families, and the larger culture. We regularly implement those skills in our therapy sessions when we teach and coach couples to use those skills. But do we use Relationship Enhancement® Skills when we discuss personal "hot topic" issues in the public square? How can the unilateral use of the skills in families or in community debates diminish the effects of polarization enough to foster real dialogue that helps people truly consider controversial issues?

This workshop will describe how and why Relationship Enhancement® practitioners can diminish the power of polarized thinking in themselves, their clients, and public discussions.  Participants will begin with a polarity self-assessment quiz. This will be followed by a lecture review of core characteristics of polarity as outlined by Ezra Klein, Bill Doherty, and other students of the polarization phenomenon. 
The second half of the workshop will be interactive. After a demonstration of the use of Deep Empathy, Expression, and Coaching/Facilitation Skills in a polarized situation, participants will practice the use of Relationship Enhancement® Skills to move people toward genuine dialogue on hot topic issues.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this 3-hour CE workshop participants will be able to:

1.     Identify characteristics of polarized thinking and behavior
2.     Identify elements of polarized thinking within themselves
3.     Use materials provided to describe how to teach the unilateral use of
        Relationship Enhancement® Skills to clients.

Mary Ortwein, MS, LMFT, has more than 30 years of experience personally using, teaching, and writing about the Relationship Enhancement® model with couples and families. She also has more than 30 years of experience working in community with hot topic issues, including abortion, post-divorce parenting, domestic violence, and immigration. After attending a workshop in 2023 about Polarity, Mary has participated in several efforts to diminish the power of polarity in the public square, especially within the Catholic Church.  She recently attended a national Paulist meeting to generate resources for countering polarity and is a member of Braver Angels, an organization created to foster respectful discourse in politics.

Continuing Education: Upon completion, participants receive 3 CE credits for completing this webinar.

IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education programs specific to play therapy.  APT Approved 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.
IDEALS/NIRE has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5560. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. IDEALS/NIRE is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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.


Please go to:

The standard fee for this webinar is $70.

The fee for currently enrolled graduate students is $20.00 for this webinar.

For further information, please visit

Or call NIRE at 301-680-8977.

Regards to One and All,

Rob Scuka, PhD
Executive Director

Ian Masson, MA, LPC
Associate Director

Candidates for IFS Friday Five

1. Breadwinners, Single Parents, Dual Earners Who’s Overtaxed?


The decisive decade? Mapping key trends among adolescents and young adults in the US

Monday, April 29, 2024, 2:15 - 3:30 p.m. EDT
Online only:

3. California offers free mental health services for kids and families with new apps. 


4. Are Americans rediscovering marriage?


5. Boy trouble: why dads are key to closing the gender education gap


6. Having An Unsupportive Partner Can Be Horrible For Your Health

by John Anderer

7.  The role of relationship beliefs in predicting levels and changes of relationship satisfaction

 Fabian Gander1, Maximiliane Uhlich1 , Alex Christoph Traut1 , Marcelle Ariane Saameli1 , Janina Larissa Bühler2 , Rebekka Weidmann3 and Alexander Grob1

8. Family Resilience and Children’s Subjective Well-Being: A Two-Wave Study

by Andreja Brajša-Žganec *,Marija Džida andMaja Kućar

9. FFSP’s New Virtual Clinical Counseling, Another Avenue to Help Sailors, Navy Families

Tim McGough, Fleet and Family Support Programs

10. Get Married: An Interview with Brad Wilcox

Brad Wilcox and Patrick T. Brown

11. Renew Your Love: Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Marriage

Carol Adams

12. Married Americans Thriving at Higher Rates Than Unmarried Adults



Candidates for IFS Friday Five

Student's Information

Hailey Reel and Hailey J. McCool

2. Internship and Volunteer Opportunities with NARME

3.  The Development of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Intervention (ACTI) Module on Mental Health among Students with a History of Parental Divorce 

Charles Ganaprakasam, Murali Shanmugam, Kalaivani Ganasegaran

4.  Date nights save relationships

Harry Benson, Marriage Foundation

5. Can’t Buy Me Love: How Romance Wrecked Traditional Marriage

Collectors Weekly, Hunter Oatman-Stanford

CC Weisfeld, EA Dowgwillo, ML Butovskaya, E Olcay…

7. The surprising ways your siblings and your health may be linked

by Michael Merschel, American Heart Association

8. Key takeaways on overcoming polarization to help working families

Ishva Mehta



10. Colleges are baby deserts. That needs to change

Leah Libresco Sargeant

11. Single-minded: South Korea's non-marriage movement


Candidates for IFS Friday Five

1. "But you know I'm just like you, right?" Exploring Adolescent Dating and Disability

When: Wednesday, April 10, 2024 @ 1:00 pm Pacific/4:00 pm Eastern

2. Degrees of Difference: Male College Enrollment and Completion

Richard Reeves, Will Secker


How men can be invaluable at the dance


3. When the Number of Bedrooms in a Home Keeps Parents From Getting Their Kids Back

Stephannie Stokes, WABE, with data analysis by Agnel Philip, ProPublica

4. Romance matters: The role of dating in adolescents’ friendship beginnings and endings

Haoyang Zhang and Diane Felmlee

5. Social Media and Adolescent Health

(2024) NAS


The negative impact of social media and smartphones on children’s mental health

A fireside chat with NYU's Jonathan Haidt

Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. EDT

Online only:


7. New America’s Mental Health Loneliness Survey: Military Perspectives Finds Significant Portion of Military Couples “Often” Feel Lonely

8. Growing Uncertainty in Marriage Expectations among U.S. Youth

Joanna R. Pepin and Philip N. Cohen

9.  Predictors of change in relationship satisfaction among Black postpartum mothers

 Danielle M. Weber1 | Chalandra M. Bryant2 | Hannah C. Williamson3 | Kadija Mussa2 | Justin A. Lavner1

10. Parental discord over dads’ role linked to child development shortfalls

By Mike Cummings

11. Building a stronger foundation for American families: Options for Child Tax Credit reform


Candidates for IFS Friday Five

1. Marriages in the U.S. in 2022 Returned to Pre-Pandemic Levels

 Brian Tsai

2. Tips for Discussing Money Before Marriage

3. Renewing Bonds: Family reconnects at 4th ASOG Marriage Retreat

4. The case for premarital education, even if your partner is your soulmate

Mariya Manzhos


Many still want to get married. But the path to getting there can feel impassable.

5. Pornhub Quits Texas Over Age Verification Law

Posted by Emily Washburn

7. Research shows young people want marriages that last. Here’s how, according to their long-married elders.

8. "Daddy comforts me"-Young Swedish children's perspectives on their family relations before and after their parents' participation in a parenting programme

10. South Korean marriage rate rises for first time in decade


11. French town offers free marriage counselling to save money on housing