There are 12 Continuing Education Units included with this course.
***This course is not approved for NBCC credit.
This course focuses on the critical need for premarital coaching for both engaged and pre-engaged couples. Sessions include a biblical basis for the concept of marriage, marital attraction and preparation, a couple’s expectations and assumptions concerning marriage, healthy communication and conflict resolution, understanding gender differences, financial responsibility and practical tools in how to balance work and life.
- MLCPM 101: Introduction to Pre-Marital CoachingIn this course, students will learn the vital importance of premarital coaching for engaged and pre-engaged couples. A premarital coach can be useful in helping a couple evaluate areas of a relationship such as previous sexual abuse, unresolved addictions, differences and relational as well as financial compatibility. The presenters also focus on understanding the biblical foundation of marriage.
- MLCPM 102: Biblical Foundations in a Sacred MarriageGod is the author of marriages. In this course, participants will learn how God designed marriage. Dr. Clinton and Dr. Trent will walk through key Scriptures on marriage. They will also explore the challenges in building spiritual connection between marital partners. This lesson will end with principles and helpful hints in building a sacred marriage.
- MLCPM 103: Falling in Love for All the Right ReasonsWithout doubt, choosing one’s life-long mate is one of the most important decisions a person will make in life. When married to the right person, for ‘all the right reasons,’ both marital satisfaction and divorce avoidance levels can significantly change for the better. Dr. Neil Clark Warren, accomplished professor, researcher, and author, discloses his research on positive marital matching and program for finding and marrying the right mate.
- MLCPM 104: Preparing for Marriage and Pre-Marital CoachingA counseling supervisor once mused on the absurdity of licensing people to drive, yet requiring nothing of people entering marriage. This is beginning to change in the church, which is getting serious about marital preparation and divorce avoidance. Les and Leslie Parrott disclose their extensive work in marital preparation and pre-marital coaching in this lesson.
- MLCPM 105: Expectations and Assumptions: Due Diligence Before, “I Do”Marriage is a beautiful creation of God, but without the right direction, it can turn into something horrible that no couple expects. This course will walk you through the tough expectations and assumptions that couples have before marriage. It was also provide you with questions of value that every coach should ask before a couple walks down the aisle to a lifetime together.
- MLCPM 106: Understanding the Five Love LanguagesIn this course, Dr. Chapman will explore the reality that emotional state of “falling in love” does not last forever in marriage. Thus couples must work at keeping this emotional state of feeling loved. Another important reality is that people perceive love differently Dr. Chapman introduces five different ways people express and perceive love—the five love languages. He encourages couples to learn to speak the partner’s love language to fill his/her love tank.
- MLCPM 107: How Couples Lose at Love: Battling Disaffection in MarriageIn this course, Dr. Clinton will discuss that all marriages will face times of disaffection when couples feel distant from each other. How couples handle the problems will strengthen or weaken the marital health. After carefully examining the cycle of disaffection, Dr. Clinton suggests essential principles on how to build safety in marriages. He emphasizes the importance of grace and forgiveness toward each other.
- MLCPM 108: Male and Female: Understanding Gender & Sexual ResponsesScripture says God created both male and female – for a reason. There are major gender differences in sexual desire, arousal, and response between males and females. Men are microwaves, quick to respond to sexual stimulus. Women are crockpots, a slow simmering of sexual feelings influenced by a variety of emotions. The presenters outline male and female sexuality as it follows the response curve of sexual thinking, arousal, and pleasure.
- MLCPM 109: Balancing Work and LifeNow more women work outside home than ever before. This lesson will introduce the audience to the topic of balancing marriage and work. Dr. Verner will take an honest look of the reality of working parents and how work-life imbalance will influence marriage. She will also discuss various myths around parenting. This lesson ends with several recommendations and practical implications for couples before even having children.
- MLCPM 110: Cents and Sensibility: Helping Couples Manage Their FinancesMoney and other financially-related issues are a major source of conflict in many marriages today. Financial consultants, Scott and Bethany Palmer, are a dynamic couple who describe the different money personalities and how to navigate these differences in marriage. Practical tips for managing money without damaging the marital relationship are offered to assist life coaches in their work with couples.
- MLCPM 111: Decision-making, Problem-solving and Conflict ResolutionSometimes people fall in love with the differences in each other and when they are married, they want the person to do everything just as they do it themselves. The purpose of this lecture is to teach a couple thinking about marriage (or even a couple that is already married) how to how to fight well. It involves lessons on communication and forgiveness and how using these techniques can make life much easier for both people in the relationship.
- MLCPM 112: The Secrets of a Deeper LoveAmerica’s “dean” of marriage enrichment, Dr. Gary Smalley, guides students on a tour to discover the deeper secrets of marital satisfaction and joy. Revealing that grand paradox of agape love – abandoning oneself for the sake of one’s spouse – he teaches that the way is not easy, but the journey is an incredible adventure, and the prize is sweeter than a person can ever imagine.