Valentine's season brings relationship seminars for engaged, married couples
By Janel Shoun on 1/28/2011
"We, as a society, understand the importance of preparing for many of life's transitions -- driving a car, entering the next level of school, starting a career," said Dave Morgan, director of testing services and therapist in Lipscomb's counseling center. "Marriage is also a major transition, and we should prepare for it as such. That is why the Lipscomb Counseling Center is offering this seminar. We want to use our skills to help couples prepare for this major transition."
The Counseling Center's annual pre-marital program, "The Tie That Binds" will begin Friday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. and continue Saturday, Feb. 26. Cost is $35. The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 11. Seating is limited and may fill up before the deadline. To sign up, call 615.966.1781.
The seminar includes discussion sessions on major issues that affect marriage and optional testing to determine personality type and possible trouble areas for your marriage. Also included are snacks on Friday along with continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Other sessions are available for one-on-one feedback with counselors to evaluate results of the tests.
During the seminar, couples will discuss and work through issues that typically trouble married couples. Counseling center staff members will lead the discussions on issues such as communication, finance, personality types, sex and the impact family dynamics have on how people handle situations, said Morgan.
"Taking advantage of this premarital counseling will also enable couples getting married in Tennessee to get a substantial discount on their marriage license," he said. "The workshop only costs $35 and you save about $60 off your marriage license so it helps cut costs."
"The seminar was definitely an eye opening experience," said a former Lipscomb student and participant. "It allowed my husband and me to see that other couples face the same or similar situations we face. If it hadn't been for the seminar, we would not have been prepared to handle many of the issues that come up in day-to-day living. The issues we discussed at the seminar really are the issues that impact our marriage.
For more information about "The Tie That Binds" or about the Lipscomb Counseling Center, contact Morgan at email@example.com or at 615.966.6303.