African American Marriage Enrichment Program©
These classes are designed to teach men and women how to create and maintain lasting, satisfying relationships with each other. The course is designed for male/female couples in committed relationships. They may be in a legally bound relationship (i.e., husband and wife), or in a self-defined, committed relationship in which neither partner is legally married to anyone else. Partners do not necessarily live in the same house.
The program includes 7 weekly classes and concludes with a commitment ceremony on the 8th week. Couples who choose to marry during the commitment ceremony may do so. However, there is NO requirement to do so.
Theoretical framework: Cognitive skills, behavioral skills, primary and secondary prevention (i.e., public health), social justice, and empowerment.
Each class is 2.5 hours long. BOTH partners are stongly urged to attend all classes. Topics include: Purposes of "marriage;" Ingredients of a "good thing;" causes of intimate relationship problems; developing new thinking skills; effects of social injustice by race and gender on African Americans and their intimate relationships; love, forgiveness, and new promises to "make your good thing better."
Homework is assigned at the end of each session and is due at the beginning of the next class. It will be included in later sessions. Some assignments involve reading and writing. Please share with the instructor any concerns you have about the reading assignments.
Program design includes wrap-around service delivery, meals provided prior to each class, child supervision & homework assistance, and transportation as needed.
Consultation and training are available upon request regarding program development and course instruction.
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