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The Art and Science of Making Marriage Flourish conference is based on the 7 Principles of Making Marriage Work research-based findings from the Gottman Institute. Come and deepen the foundation of your relationship, manage conflict successfully, honor your partner's dreams, and create an environment of shared meaning in your home.

Jan 19, 2024, 6:30 PM – Jan 20, 2024, 3:00 PM

Vets Memorial, 203 E 14th St, Davis, CA 95616, USA

$145 per couple

About the Conference

The Art and Science of Making Marriage Flourish conference is centered on the research-based findings by The Gottman Institute. Gottman is a widely-respected research group and their empirical work has led to developing proven principles for what makes relationships work. This conference focuses on the beauty of marriage and the research that helps marriage flourish.

 

Gottman research is not faith-based, and while the First Baptist Church of Davis is hosting this conference, there will be a culture of respect and openness for the entire spectrum of diversity in our Davis community. All couples are welcome. This conference is applicable for partners who are not married, those contemplating marriage or engaged, those needing better conflict management tools, all the way to couples who have been married for a lifetime. In short, everyone. 

However, if you are experiencing the following, this conference is not appropriate for you and we encourage you to seek support from a therapist or other professional: severe relationship distress, emotional abuse, domestic violence, active addictions (alcohol, drug, sexual, gambling, etc.), serious mental health problems in one or both partner.

 

In this interactive conference the format includes lectures and individual couple exercises where you and your partner will learn proven tools to (1) improve friendship; (2) develop fondness and admiration; (3) enhance romance and intimacy; (4) learn how to manage conflict constructively; (5) gain skills to address perpetual and solvable problems; (6) create shared meaning; (7) maintain gains throughout a lifetime.

 

Couples often wait an average of six years from the time they identify problems in their relationship until they seek help. By then problems deepen, opposing positions become more entrenched, feelings become deeply hurt, and the task of recovery is much greater. In addition, only 37 percent of couples who divorced sought any type of counseling or therapy. Additionally, data from the Davis Police Department indicates that in the past three years, domestic violence has spiked, and relationships are under more stress than before. 

 

The hope is that providing this conference based on the latest research about what makes relationships succeed, and what happens when relationships deteriorate and fail, couples will improve their skills and satisfaction.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will we have to share personal problems and issues with the conference?
    The conference does not include sharing problems or issues publicly. Couple exercises are done privately.
     

  2. Will I be treated with respect at this conference regardless of my religious, political, or ethical views, and regardless of the status of my relationship with my partner?
    Yes, absolutely. Everyone is welcome to participate and enjoy our culture of mutual respect.
     

  3. Must both partners attend or can I come alone?
    Since the conference involves couples doing exercises together, both partners must participate.
     

  4. What does the cost cover and what is the refund policy?
    The $145 registration fee is per couple and includes a Gottman book, conference materials, refreshments and lunch on Saturday. Refund policy: Cancellations before January 12 receive a full refund Cancellations between January 12-18 receive a %50 refund. We are unable to provide refunds for cancellations on or after January 19.
     

  5. Where do we park?
    The Davis High School parking lot and street parking will be available for free parking
     

  6. I have more questions! Who do I contact?
    Olivia Wingate, oliviawingatecounseling@gmail.com

Register today

The registration fee of $145.00 is per couple and includes a Gottman book, conference materials, refreshments and lunch on Saturday. Refund policy: Cancellations before January 12 receive a full refund. Cancellations between January 12-18 receive a 50% refund We are unable to provide refunds for cancellations on or after January 19

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