Tie That Binds seminar held March 30 for serious and engaged couples

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With beautiful weather and wedding season almost upon us, many couples are focusing their attention on celebrating and strengthening their relationships. In an effort to provide just such an opportunity, 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 a 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 premarital program, “The Tie That Binds,” will begin Friday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. and continue Saturday, March 31.  Cost is $35 per couple.  The deadline to register is Friday, March 23.  Seating is limited and may fill up before the deadline!

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 I 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.

"The genogram study was particularly helpful because we were able to observe the relationship dynamic of our parents and grandparents, and work through the dynamic we have as a result of their influence."

For more information about "The Tie That Binds" or to register, contact Morgan at dave.morgan@lipscomb.edu or at 615.966.6303.