Replies/requests/comments - 3/23/00
Fri Mar 24 17:31:43 EST 2000
from: Smart Marriages
I attended the John Gray IAMFC Distinguished Lecture at the ACA
morning. He was terrific! - diane
Keating for President!
At least he'd bring the right subjects to the national discussion.
John R. Williams
Shouldn't this headline read "Keating Diverts $10 Million From State's
Neediest Families To Tackle Divorce Epidemic Impacting Rich And Poor
Would this news be terrific if the money was being diverted from capitol
investment incentives, highway funds, or other programs that benefit the
rich and poor in Oklahoma alike?
Mr. Regier boasts that they have already taken steps to "strengthen
families" by reducing AFDC benefits to unmarried parents by using a
roommate's income to calculate eligibility and benefit amounts. I'm all
using public funds for promotion of genuine programs which can help
become better spouses and parents. But on the surface this sure seems
shameless grandstanding by Gov. Keating at the expense of his constituents
with the smallest voice, Oklahoma's neediest families.
Thanks for listening, steve lundy
The report on rising divorces in Japan, especially among those
married over 30 years was interesting. However, I question the estimate
that Japan's divorce rate involves one third of its marriages. According
to the story, there were 225,000 divorces in 1997 in a nation of 126
million. We are roughly double the size of Japan in population at 272
million. But we had 1,163,000 divorces in 1997, five times the number in
That means Japan's divorces per 1,000 people is 1.7, while it is
4.2 in the U.S. In other words, Japan's divorce rate is 40% of that in
U.S. If half our marriages fail over time, only about 20% of those in
Japan do so.
Apparently the web site I sent for the International Marriage
conference in Great Britain in June didn't work. Here is the
The abstracts of papers to be presented
at the conference are in the process of being added and should be
at the end of this week. There will NOT be tapes of the presentations but
the papers from the conference will be published. I'll let you know
when they are available and how to obtain them. - diane
Can you or your members provide a good resource on parenting
effectiveness training that has been successful in working with African
American Families. There are a great number of resources out there, but
do not take race and culture into account when discussing parenting.
you for your assistance. - ART
>A historic piece of marriage legistlation was passed on March 22, 1882 when
>the President signed a law banning polygamy. Who says marriage can't be
>regulated? - Kay Reed
Dan and I are very excited about the Denver Smart Marriages
Our two daughters 16 and 14 years old are coming with us and
will be available to baby sit. They are straight A students and
Would it be possible to announce this to the people who are coming so we
can get in
touch in advance of the conference to plan schedules. Perhaps on your
internet newsletter. They can contact us via by
phone 615 - 298 - 1169 or email: anchoredmarriage at bellsouth.net
$10.00 an hour for the first child and $3.50 for the second.
Marsha and Don Borgeson
4905 Park Ave.
Nashville, Tn. 37209
A lot of therapists
start by asking for a commitment/affirmation before beginning therapy,
instead of taking it for granted that if the couple are in the room they
are asking for techniques to help them. >>
My heart goes out to this woman. Her therapists should have their
revoked. It's an outrage that therapists can say they do marital
without having a clue as to how to help people stay together. I NEVER
about my client's level of commitment for working on their marriage in
beginning. To ask them whether they're committed to staying to together
early on would require them evaluating their marriage based on recent
I usually assume that people are unhappy with each other or they wouldn't
in my office. So, duh, why not wait until you've helped them have loving
interactions and teach them new skills and THEN ask. In addition to my
teaching my seminars, this letter keeps me determined to continue to
therapists to put the "marriage" back in marriage therapy. If therapists
they do marital therapy but don't know how to help couples work out their
differences, they should find new careers.
Replies to Weiner-Davis "When He's Not in the Mood" article
>Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much for this article.
>Now that our children are older, we're past the diapers, bottles and
>things like that stage - my interest in sex has risen dramatically and
>my hubby's has dropped just as much. It's a relief to read this and
>know we're not alone and there is help out there.
Diane: The Weiner-Davis article "When He's Not in the Mood" is
excellent! Thank you for sharing it with us. Parade did not do a good
job in summarizing the article. There is so much more depth to this one.
Thanks, thanks, thanks. Phyllis Koss
This is a description of the conference written by Patricia Czepiel which
to all the Air Force Family Support Centers. If you have a newslist you
could send this
to, or a web page on which you could post a notice about the conference,
want to use Patricia's and adapt it to your audience. All such help in
spreading the word
is greatly appreciated. -diane
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2000
Topic: FLE Training Opportunity
For those who may be interested in some outstanding training in Marriage &
Family education, the Smart Marriages, Happy Families Conference is set
29 June through 2 July 2000 in Denver, CO. The conference features
presentations by the top names in the field, workshops on a wide range of
family & marriage programs, including PREP, PAIRS, 7 Habits of Highly
Effective Families and way more, and one, two and three day pre and post
conference training institutes that can qualify you to teach the programs.
Up to 60 hours worth of CEU's are possible, applicable to CFLE, MSW, MFT,
APA, NBCC, LMHC. Last year's participants included quite a few folks from
family support, ACS, family advocacy and chaplains from all the branches
service and the reserves. This year one of the Army MAJCOMS is even
all their family life folks, and doing a breakout session just for them.
can find information on registration, cost, hotel accomodations, synopsis
courses being offered and more on the web at www.smartmarriages.com,
on the conference details button. This conference is the best return on
investment our training dollars can buy. See you in Denver!
Tricia Czepiel, Beale FSC
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