TOOB resources are great on so many levels. They are generally very well produced, are taught by the author of the program or a master teacher, and walk you through each session (step by step). Many times you will find yourself hampered by limited prep time, or you are in search of variety of delivery methods. These are just some of the benefits that a TOOB curriculum provide. Here are some TOOB marriage curricula that you may want to try.
Don and Alex Flecky
CoupleTalk: Cracking the Code to an Amazing Relationship offers a set of powerful communication tools which teach you healthy ways to communicate as a couple about any topic – no matter how sensitive – and help you to improve your everyday communication. CoupleTalk combines insightful video-based instruction, interactive in-class exercises, and a workbook filled with practical advice and helps. It can be used by a couple alone at home, in a small group at home or church, or in a large group of couples as a weekend retreat or couples conference. Many counselors and pastors also use CoupleTalk as an “at home” supplement to their work with couples. View several short videos that give you a sampling of the CoupleTalk experience >>>
Hosting Your Own Class: CoupleTalk Hosts are regular couples and individuals who agree to host the video series at their church or in their home. No extra training is needed to host the video series, but CoupleTalk does offer a variety of helpful supports. Click here for more on hosting your own program >>>
The Art of Marriage – TOOB
In The Art of Marriage, over 40 ministry leaders provide biblically-centered teaching while couples who have struggled in marriage openly and honestly share their stories of pain, loss, forgiveness, and grace.
The Art of Marriage is available in three formats: a Friday night/Saturday video event, a single-day live event, and a six-session small-group video series.
The 5 Love Languages – TOOB
Gary Chapman, PhD
True love is not a myth, but it takes work. Making sure that the one you love feels loved requires commitment, understanding, and effective communication. According to Dr. Gary Chapman, understanding your love language and that of your loved one is a way to breathe life into these efforts. Discover the key to maintaining a successful relationship and you’ll find the secret to love that lasts.
Keeping Love Alive – TOOB
Michele Weiner-Davis, MSW
This solution-oriented, strengths-based Divorce Busting program can help even last-ditch couples avoid divorce, even if only one spouse attends. Teach classes or use the techniques in your practice.
ThriveSphere – TOOB
Sherod Miller, PhD
ThriveSphere™ is an advanced computer visualization that allows couples to “see” how they relate. The system provides facilitators (counselors, pastors and educators) with an easy-to-use process and tool that ignites communication, collaboration and transformation. This patented system incorporates neuroscience and the modern science of complex adaptive systems.
The 7 Stages of Marriage – TOOB
Rita DeMaria, PhD
Give couples a roadmap to help them understand the journey, anticipate the stages, and succeed at the mission with commitment and passion intact. Use with any marriage education program.
Smart Steps for Stepfamilies – TOOB
Francesca Adler-Baeder, PhD
Learn key strategies to supplement any marriage education program or create a stand-alone class for stepcouples and children. Information for work with ethnic minorities.
Syble Solomon, MEd
A unique card deck gives instant, life-changing insights into attitudes about money. Teach groups, use with individuals, couples, youth, or add to any marriage program.
Give couples a powerful start with a comprehensive program that includes a new, affordable inventory, workbooks, communication skills, finances, and mentoring.
Married and Loving It – TOOB
Barbara Petty, PhD
This 5-week, skill-based program always has full classes and waiting lists. Learn what makes the program so successful and how to replicate it in your community.
Love Notes – TOOB
Marline Pearson, MA
Unplanned pregnancy, single parenting, and troubled relationships are a serious threat to the well-being and futures of many young adults, as well as to their children.Love Notes v2.1 was created for this vulnerable, high-risk audience. In 13 lessons they discover, often for the first time, how to make wise choices about partners, sex, relationships, pregnancy, and more.
10 Great Dates – TOOB
Claudia and David Arp, MSW
This widely-used program for churches & communities combines fun with marriage skills & opens doors for other programs! Latino, Korean. New: Before You Say I Do version.
Michael Popkin, PhD, Merrilie Rackham, MS, CFLE
Parenting stresses marriage. Learn how to add effective, easy-to-teach parenting education to your marriage classes to bring couples in the door.
Ken Gosnell, MDiv, MA
This program addresses the negative beliefs and attitudes many men hold about marriage and moves men and single fathers to a positive “readiness” view
For Better and For Ever – Robert Ruhnke, DMin – TOOB
Recruit and train couples to mentor the engaged in communication, responsibility, and family-of-origin issues. Catholic (en Espanol), Protestant & secular editions.
The Third Option – Pat Ennis, MSW – TOOB
Give couples in your church or community a 3rd Option. Not endurance, not divorce. This enrichment/crisis group program is on-going. Couples attend as needed.
Genograms – TOOB
Rita DeMaria, PhD
Easy-to-use tools explore family patterns (cut-offs, legacies, addictions, etc) that influence relationships plus 5 exercises to strengthen love and commitment.
Marriage LINKS – TOOB
John Van Epp, PhD LINKS (Lasting Intimacy through Nurturance, Knowledge and Skills) teaches the Relationship Attachment Model (RAM) for maintaining intimacy, trust, sexuality, forgiveness and mutuality.
The Prayer Journal – TOOB
Scott Stanley, PhD, Tera Hurt, PhD, Regero Sampson, MSW Create powerful, lasting change by engaging deeper meaning systems. Use with individuals or couples, in counseling or education, as an add-on to any program, in couples, men’s groups, etc.
The Second Half – TOOB
Claudia and David Arp, MSW Teach empty nesters to reinvent their marriage, avoid divorce, and make the rest the best. Great for mentor couples to teach in church or community. Bonus “Dates for Empty Nesters” material.
A New Way to Love – TOOB
Harville Hendrix, PhD, Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD This Imago faith-based course guides couples in finding God’s purpose for their marriage, deepening their connection, and starting a grass-roots movement of couples teaching couples.
Successful Stepfamilies – TOOB
Ron Deal, MMFT This 8-sesssion, DVD & faith based program teaches specific skills to target stepfamily challenges identified in research for The Remarriage Checkup.
WAIT Training: All About ME – TOOB
Shelly Donahue Teach teens & young adults to reduce drama, chaos and poverty by empowering them with partner selection & marriage ed skills in a fun interactive program for high school & college.
For Christian Lovers Only – TOOB
Clarence Walker, PhD, Ja’Ola Walker, MEd, DD Work with African American marriages using this 3-part Bible and research-based program in church or community settings – intimacy retreats, skills, skits, music, & group discussions.
Tim Gardner, MA, DMin Teach couples to remember 5 proven keys to a great, fulfilling marriage on one hand…and it’s guaranteed they’ll never forget them. Faith & research-based, entertaining, & interactive. Usually $29.95, free here.
Carri and Gordon Taylor, MA, MFT Take an in-depth look at the children of divorce and their families, at the multi-generational impact of divorce and learn how the extended family can be empowered as a tool of healing.
Rhonda Gray, Ed Gray, EdD Mentoring is fun and easy! Teach the narrative, story-telling model and organize a mentoring program for church, community, or military. Also in Spanish, Korean, and Russian.
Tera Hurt, PhD, Regero Sampson, MSW Learn how to deliver this PREP-based, innovative program to African American couples. Includes effects of racism, using prayer for conflict resolution and growth, and retention.
The Marriage Garden – FOOB
Wallace Goddard, PhD, James Marshall, PhD
Easy to teach, innovative, flexible, FREE curriculum based on new discoveries in positive psychology. Includes 6 lessons and supporting exercises.
Char Kamper, MA, CFLE
Understand the teen brain – how brain chemistry explains differences in gender, decision-making, risks and relationships. Brain Mapping, self-regulation & decision-making tools.
MP Wylie, PhD
Whether divorced, widowed or ending a relationship, success rests on healing the past and wise choices. Learn critical steps for helping singles define/find what they’re really looking for in life and a partner.
John Van Epp, PhD
Great marriages begin long before the wedding. Learn the 5 keys to successful mate-selection, and how to avoid the “love is blind” attachment-syndrome. For singles, or single again.
ScreamFree Parenting – TOOB
Hal Runkel, MS, Neil McNerney, MEd
Learn to stay calm and connected to your children and how you can do the same in all your relationships. ScreamFree is Bowen family-systems theory applied to today’s families.
7 Habit of 24/7 Dads – TOOB
Ken Gosnell, MDiv, MA
This new program based on the Covey 7 Habits model, helps men become responsible, committed dads. Includes exercises, recruitment & implementation strategies for a variety of settings.
Carri and Gordon Taylor, MA, MFT
Learn how to identify your non-negotiables – often overlooked in courtship – and the ten key steps to the development of intimacy & trust, both crucial to the success of any remarriage.
Active Parenting of Teens – TOOB
Michael Popkin, PhD, MEd
Parenting teens can stress any marriage. This video-based communication/discipline program empowers parents to help their teens (and their marriage) not only survive – but thrive! New 3rd edition.
Rozario Slack, DMin, Angela Slack, MD
This program combines fun dates and marriage skills – and appeals to men! Based on the proven insights of the Arps’ 10 Great Dates program. Teach in your church or community.