Connecting Families: A Relationship Enhancement Program

By

Connecting
Families
College of Agricultural Sciences
Cooperative Extension
A Research-Based
Relationship
Development
Program for Adults
Natalie M. Ferry, D.Ed.
Connecting Families
Table of Contents
Curriculum Overview ...................................................................................................................1
Connecting Families: A Relationship Enhancement Program.....................................................3
SESSION ONE
Understanding the Couple Relationship .......................................................................................5
Handout 1 - Relationship Values Sheet ..........................................................................12
Handout 2 - Expectations in Action................................................................................13
Session Materials 1 – Relationship Values Slips ............................................................14
Session Materials 2 – Assumptions Situations ...............................................................15
SESSION TWO
Mastering the Challenges of Conflict .........................................................................................16
Handout 1 – Emotional Bank Account ...........................................................................22
Session Materials 1 – It’s Fred’s Fault ...........................................................................23
Session Materials 2 – Constructive Griping ...................................................................24
Background Information 1 – “I” Statement Summary ...................................................25
SESSION THREE
Working as a Team .....................................................................................................................26
Handout 1 – Relationship Indicator Assessment ............................................................33
Handout 2 – Relatio nship Indicator Scoring Guide ........................................................35
Session Materials 1 – Speaker – Listener Role Play Situations ......................................36
SESSION FOUR
Planning for Success ...................................................................................................................38
Handout 1 – “I” Statement Summary .............................................................................44
Handout 2 – Speaker – Listener Technique ....................................................................45
Handout 3 – Goal Analysis ............................................................................................46
EVALUATION
Connecting Families Program Evaluation Overview .....................................................47
Connecting Families Program Survey ............................................................................48
Section One Survey Scoring Key ...................................................................................51
Section Two Scoring Key...............................................................................................52
Section Three Scoring Key.............................................................................................53
Connecting Families Participant Pre and Post Assessment Tracking Scores Sheet .......54
RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Connecting Families Program Research Foundation......................................................55
Communication Based Relationship Enhancement Program .....

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