Relationships: Strengthening Communications
Dr. Scott Stanley and Dr. Howard Markman, founders of the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), are hosts for this course. Based on PREP and more than 30 years of research, the course teaches viewers how to recognize four communication danger signs and develop new, healthy communication skills that will enrich a couple's relationship. Interactive quizzes, a private online journal, and handouts round out the course.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify four communication danger signs
  • describe escalation, invalidation, negative interpretations, withdrawal, and avoidance
  • identify four healthy communication techniques
  • describe when and how to take a break
  • identify the speaker-listener techniques of paraphrasing and using I-statements

This has been an excellent presentation. We feel more empowered now to manage and deal with our fostering situation. Great insight, great advice.
Brenda B.

My husband and I have really enjoyed this course! We have often used a "time out" by having a code word that we use. If things are intense and the code word is spoken, we take a break for 5 minutes. Then, we come back and attempt the discussion again. Now, our foster daughter has a code word for when she feels a temper tantrum coming on...she uses her code word and takes the dogs for a walk, then discusses what was upsetting her. It works great!
Dayna B.

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This course focuses on helping couples develop and use communication skills like:

  • four "Communication Danger Signs" and their patterns

  • "Take a Break" technique

  • "Speaker-Listener" technique

(4 credit hours, $20.00 per person)