The Coalition for Marriage, Family, and Couples Education (CMFCE) a.k.a. "Smart Marriages" is a clearinghouse for information about marriage and marriage education. Organized in 1996, it is a coalition of relationship organizations and educators (coaches, mentors, therapists, counselors, lawyers, judges, researchers, etc) clergy, and policy makers dedicated to helping couples and families create healthy marriages and relationships.
An annual weeklong conference (including pre and post-conference training institutes) is held each summer in various U.S. locations. It is open to all members as well as the general public.
The Reason I Became A Helping Professional
Diane Sollee, MSW, is founder and director of the
Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education, (CMFCE) and director of the annual Smart Marriages/Happy Families® conference and of www.smartmarriages.com.
Before founding CMFCE in 1996, Sollee, a marriage and family therapist, spent ten years at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) as Associate Executive Director for Professional Education and Public Information. She is an AAMFT Fellow, member of the Family Therapy Academy, and recipient of the AAMFT President’s Award; the 2002 American Counseling Association (ACA) Don Dinkmeyer Social Interest Award; the 2003 Recognition Award from the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM); the 2006 California Marriage Champions Award; and the 2006 Smart Marriages Impact Award. She serves as a consultant to national, state and community leaders and appears regularly in the media as an expert on marriage education and marriage strengthening initiatives.