We take our cars in for tune-ups; we get regular dental chek-ups; we work out and take supplements.Yet, we assume our most important relationships will flourish without routine maintenance, continuing education, or core strength training for lasting love. Conflict can be healthy, but negative cycles develop when partners cannot decode the longing for closeness hidden beneath anger, criticism, or apparent indifference.


Seminary couples are invited to a retreat!

Saturday, February 23
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (lunch included)
Nassau Presbyterian Church

Concepts from adult attachment theory and the emerging science of love (including Dr. Susan Johnson's Emotionally Focused Therapy), will come alive through DVD clips, group discussion, and dialogue between partners.


You are also invited to participate in an 8-week Couples' Group!

7:00 - 9:00 PM
beginning March 11
Witherspoon Lounge, CRW

It would be beneficial for those in the group to have attended the retreat, but it is not a requirement. The book, Hold Me Tight, by Dr. Susan Johnson is required reading and will be available when couples register for the group and/or retreat. The Monday night format will follow a time-tested small group program shaped around 'conversations for connection' developed by Dr. Johnson.


In both settings couples will learn more about how to reach for and connect with each other in ways that encourage responses of love and compassion so that our most important relationship can be a safe haven for grace, growth, and resilience.

Couples need not be married. Same sex couples are welcome.


Leadership: Nancy Schongalla-Bowman, Director of Student Counseling, and Karyn Bristol, LCSW, who specializes in working with couples.

Registration: Stop by Scheide Hall or send a message to Teresa.  Fees can be billed to student accounts.

Retreat (including lunch): $40.
Group: $40 if student is in the SHBP, $55 otherwise.
Book: $15.
fees can be billed to student accounts