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Couples Workshop

A relationship skills building course for military Veterans and Spouses coping with the impact of deployment, military service, post-traumatic stress, operational stress and traumatic brain injury

Presented by the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, in partnership with the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work and the Region IV Consortium of Community Services Boards.

Cost: $25 registration fee includes cost of lodging.

When: March 2-4, 2012

Check in: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Friday, March 2.
Start: Workshop begins at 6:30 pm Friday, March 2.
End: Workshop will wrap up by 12 noon, Sunday, March 4.

Where: Hampton Inn
898 Wiggins Road
Emporia, VA 23847

To register, email Ed McIntosh, mcintoshe@rbha.org, or call
(804) 212-5896.

Workshop Agenda


Session I (50 minutes)
Welcome and Introductions
Icebreaker Activity (Couple Introductions)
Overview of Agenda and Workshop Objectives
Activity: Expectations for the Workshop
Dinner (1 hour)


Session II (1 hour 35 minutes)
Three Kinds of Safety
What Is a Healthy Relationship?

Session III (1 hour 15 minutes)
Communication and Conflict
Active Listening
“I” Statements

LUNCH (Couple activity – Communication Problems) (1 hour)

Session IV (2 hours)
Small Group Activity – Relational Styles of Solving Problems
Small Group Activity – Resolving Conflict Peacefully
Small Group Activity – De-Escalation Techniques

Session V Breakout Groups (50 minutes)
Identifying Relationship Challenges

Session VI (30 minutes)
Report from Breakout Group
Commitment Pledge – Partner Practice

The workshop facilitator, Karen Smith Rotabi, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. Previously working for the Department of Defense, she has facilitated life skills and relationship enhancement programs for several hundred military and family members. Her most recent work with the National MS Society has evolved into this opportunity, combining nationally recognized curriculum with issues of military families, especially families experiencing reintegration stress and adjustment after deployment.

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