Connecting Families: A Relationship Enhancement Program

By

We can
begin to talk with our partner about
alternate ways to handle differences.
Connecting Families Penn State Cooperative Extension
Understanding the Couple Relationship, Session 1 11 2004
-
-
Your Relationship
¡ Is influenced by values,
expectations and assumptions.
¡ Knowing each others values,
expectations and assumptions
helps to maintain positive
relationships.
¡ Is built upon jointly held values,
expectations and assumptions.
10. Using Slide 10, summarize by reviewing
how our values, expectations and
assumptions come into play in our
relationships. We can manage our
relationship better by openly talking
about them. Through conversation, we
come to agree on some jointly held values,
expectations, and assumptions. This
builds the foundation for a stronger
relationship.
Connecting Families Penn State Cooperative Extension
Understanding the Couple Relationship, Session 1 12 2004
Handout 1
RELATIONSHIP VALUES SHEET
1 7
2 8
3 9
4 10
5 11
6 12
Connecting Families Penn State Cooperative Extension
Understanding the Couple Relationship, Session 1 13 2004
Handout 2
Expectations in Action
Directions : List the expectations that you have for marriage. After listing as many as you can
think of, check to whom those apply.
EXPECTATIONS WHO DOES IT AFFECT?
1. ______________________________________ Me ____ My Partner ____ Both ____
______________________________________
2. ______________________________________ Me ____ My Partner ____ Both ____
______________________________________
3. ______________________________________ Me ____ My Partner ____ Both ____
______________________________________
4.. ______________________________________ Me ____ My Partner ____ Both ____
______________________________________
5.. ______________________________________ Me ____ My Partner ____ Both ____
______________________________________
6 ______________________________________ Me ____ My Partner ____ Both ____
______________________________________
7. ______________________________________ Me ____ My Partner ____ Both ____
______________________________________
8. ______________________________________ Me ____ My Partner ____ Both ____
______________________________________
9. ______________________________________ Me ____ My Partner ____ Both ____
______________________________________
10. ______________________________________ Me ____ My Partner ____ Both ____
______________________________________
Connecting Families Penn State Cooperative Extension
Understanding the Couple Relationship, Session 1 14 2004
Session Materials 1
RELATIONSHIP VALUES SLIPS
Directions : For the relationship values activity, reproduce this sheet and the relationship values
sheet. Cut values into separate slips, place in an envelope, and clip to each participant’s
relationship value sheet. Have participants move the slips on the relationship values “board” until
they reach a final decision about the order and placement of each value. Then have them write
their selections in the spaces provided on the relationship values sheet.
RESPECT LOVE & AFFECTION
SEXUAL RELATIONS COMPANIONSHIP
TRUST CHILDREN
FUN SENSITIVE SPOUSE’S NEEDS
SUPPORT FINANCIAL
COMMITMENT INDEPENDENCE
Connecting Families Penn State Cooperative Extension
Understanding the Couple Relationship, Session 1 15 2004
Session Materials 2
Assumptions Situations
Directions : Reproduce and cut each situation into an individual handout slip.

Article contributed by
Advanced Member

Veronica S. Haggerty

Counselor/Therapist

"A strong, healthy relationship can be one of the best things that can happen to you. However, it can also be one of the biggest drains on you if the relationship is not working. Relationships are like bank accounts. The more you put in, the more you get back. Falling in love is the easy part, but long term relationships take work, commitment, and a willingness to adapt and change through life as a team. Learn about ways to keep a healthy relationship strong, or begin to today to work on repairing trust and renewing love for a relationship on the rocks".

Location: New Hope, PA
Credentials: MA, MFT, RN
 
Latest Expert Videos
ASK YOURTANGO MORE QUESTIONS
Must-see Videos
SEE MORE VIDEOS
Most Popular