Valentine's season brings relationship seminars for engaged, married couples

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With Valentine's Day approaching, many couples are focusing their attention on celebrating and strengthening their relationships. During this season of love, Lipscomb University is offering two free seminars that will inspire, inform and invigorate both married and unmarried couples.
Whether opting for the Tie That Binds workshop, Feb. 25-26, for young engaged couples, or the Art of Marriage, Feb. 18-19, hosted by the Nashville Healthy Marriage Network for all couples, attendees will find a fun and strong relationship-building activity for the Valentine’s holiday. 
The Art of Marriage
The Art of Marriage is a one-and-a-half day video event at Lipscomb University held in the SunTrust Learning Center, Ezell 301, on the weekend of Feb. 18-19.Sessions will take place at 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday night, Feb. 18, and again on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 9 p.m. Cost is $70 per couple.
The Art of Marriage brings together some of the most respected and influential pastors and experts on marriage and family all in one setting. It also brings a fresh approach to a video event by weaving together engaging stories, real-life testimonies, man-on-the-street interviews and humorous vignettes to help couples fully experience God’s design for marriage.
The seminar consists of six video sessions that provide couples with projects to help apply the highlighted principles. The accompanying manual is designed for couples to use after the event by offering articles, date night ideas and useful tips for continuing to strengthen their marriage.
The Art of Marriage was developed by FamilyLife and the Lipscomb seminar is sponsored by the Hillsboro Church of Christ. Students from Lipscomb’s Department of Family & Consumer Sciences will host.
To register, go to Art Of Marriage 
The Tie That Binds
The Lipscomb University Counseling Center is offering its services for engaged students interested in devoting time to strengthening their relationships.

"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 or at 615.966.6303.