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Marriage Preparation Seminar

One-Day Marriage Preparation Seminar

DATE:
Seminars are held in the fall, winter and spring.
As the seminars are scheduled, the dates and locations will be on this page, as well as on the main page.

TIME:
9:00 am--3:30 pm

LOCATIONS:
Bellevue:
Bellevue Presbyterian Church
1717 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA  98004   425-454-3082

Seattle:
Samaritan Center Main Office
564 NE Ravenna Blvd.
Seattle, WA  98115    206-564-2266

COST:
$325.00 per couple (includes materials, lunch and follow-up marriage consultation*)
 *An additional couples session is available for couples to schedule with facilitator at a mutually agreed upon time.

PRESENTER:   
Deb Thomas, MS, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
You can contact Deb at dthomas@samaritanps.org or at 206-527-2266 x343.

REGISTRATION:  
Preregistration is required.  
You may register by mail by printing out the registration form or by phone at 206-527-2266.
For the registration form CLICK HERE.  Please indicate the date and location of the seminar you are interested in attending,
($200.00 pre-registration fee required and mailed to Samaritan Center of Puget Sound, Attn: Deb Thomas, 564 NE Ravenna, Seattle, WA  98115)

QUESTIONS COUPLES ASK ABOUT A MARRIAGE PREPARATION SEMINAR

WHY WOULD WE WANT TO DO THIS?
For many years, couples of all ages and religious affiliations have been referred to Samaritan by their pastors or priests or family members or have come simply because they hear this is a good program.  They enroll in the seminar knowing that their intention to create a successful marriage relationship will be taken seriously and that they'll learn practical skills and strategies.  Like all programs at Samaritan, the Marriage Preparation Seminar welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and lifestyles.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT OF IT?
In this small group setting couples can safely share their experiences and expectations.  They strengthen their communication and problem-solving skills, focusing on how they can speak their own truth, listen to each other with care, and negotiate with fairness.  They learn from the seminar leader and each other about how people develop and sustain resilient relationships.

Couples explore relationship areas that have proven to be the most challenging for couples, including:

  • Expressing intimacy and affection
  • Exploring roles, expectations and future changes
  • Understanding their own family systems
  • Improving communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Exploring spiritual life/beliefs

WHAT HAVE COUPLES SAID ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE?
“I wish we’d taken the class earlier. I’d recommend it to any newly engaged couple I know.”
“We still use the exercises – many years later.”
“What was most beneficial was the chance to hear other couples who are at the same stage of life as we are.” 
“Talking about communication was really informative. It allowed us to see where we need to work and where our strengths are.”  

 

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