Are happy couples made in heaven or made by the couples themselves? Love and togetherness is a universal human yearning, but it takes skill, knowledge of self and other, and effective communication to make it work. Even if you think you have found the perfect mate, people change throughout life, and couple-hood changes through the life stages.
This workshop will provide a preview or retrospective on the life cycle of a couple and what makes a healthy relationship. You will be introduced to a few useful tools from the field of marriage and family, that can be used to understand yourself and your partner, the influence of your family of origin, and your current communication styles. There will be time for paired and/or individual work and reflection, as well as interactive exercises and role-plays. You will have ample opportunity to ask questions of the facilitator and learn from one another. There will be balance between private work and group work.
An additional option is to complete a couple assessment online survey before the workshop. This takes about 1-1.5 hours.The assessment report will lay out the areas of commonalities and differences between you and your partner, and your areas of relationship strengths and areas for growth. The fee for both partners to take the survey is $50 CAD. You can use the workshop to discuss some of these results. Interpretation of the report by the facilitator in a private session can also be arranged and is recommended.
About the Facilitator
Bonnie Lee, MSW (RSW), PhD, is a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Registered Social Worker. She is an Associate Professor and researcher in Addictions Counselling at the University of Lethbridge.
A trainer and speaker in Canada and internationally, her articles on couple treatment outcomes, training evaluation, trauma and addiction, and a conceptual relational framework for addiction and mental health were published in peer reviewed international journals. To access her articles, go to: https://www.uleth.ca/dspace/handle/10133/546