Past Event: Seven Principles for Happy Couples

Past Event: Seven Principles for Happy Couples

This 4-part workshop provides proven tools from the Gottman Institute to help couples improve their relationship. Sessions run October 26 through November 16 on Thursday evenings.
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What You Will Learn

This 6-hour workshop, over four weeks, provides proven tools to help couples:

  • Improve friendship, fondness, and admiration
  • Manage conflict constructively
  • Gain understanding of perpetual and solvable conflict
  • Enrich shared meaning in the relationship
  • Maintain gains throughout a lifetime

Who Should Attend

  • Those who wish to nurture and enhance a good marriage
  • Those wanting better conflict management tools
  • Everyone from newlyweds to seniors
  • Pre-engaged couples 
  • Premarital couples

Date, Time and Locations

Note: This is a 4-Part Multi-Location Workshop

Part 1: October 26, 2023

7PM-8:30PM at Early Childhood Development Center

Part 2: November 2, 2023

7PM-8:30PM at Early Childhood Development Center

Part 3: November 9, 2023

7PM-8:30PM at First United Methodist Church of South Bend

Part 4: November 16, 2023

7PM-8:30PM at Good Shepherd Montessori School

Workshop Details

Seven Principles for Happy Couples includes lectures and private couples exercises. Participants will not share personal details in front of other couples. Registration includes educational material from Gottman Institute.


Investment: $150 per couple

Family Psychology of South Bend Workshop

Event Co-Hosts:

first united methodist church of south bend

Workshop Presenters

Sara Baxter, M.S.

Sara Baxter, M.S.

Sara is a clinical therapist in our Marriage and Couples Center. Sara works with couples using the Gottman Method in our couples center. Her own positive experiences with counseling in her teens inspired her to pursue it as a career.
Sharon Bain, LCSW

Sharon Bain, LCSW

Sharon Bain, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specializes in work with professional women, especially professional women who are also mothers with high aspirations in work, parenting, and relationships.

Trey Duckett, LMHCA

Trey Duckett, LMHCA

Trey provides a focus on couples counseling using his training in the Gottman Method. He also provides individual counseling for adults and teens using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Dr. John Petersen

Dr. John Petersen

John Petersen is a Clinical Psychologist with a practice background in family psychology who now focuses his clinical work on couples counseling, individual counseling about love relationships, and sex therapy.