NWA Healthy Marriages Host Premarital Event Feb. 20
Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 12, 2010) — NWA Healthy Marriages, a community service of the Center for Relationship Enrichment (CRE), will welcome author, speaker and counselor Dr. John Van Epp for a premarital event on Saturday, Feb. 20, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Fayetteville Town Center in the Dogwood Room. The event is $29 per couple and $15 for individuals. Reservations are required.
Van Epp is the author of the nationally renowned book and workshop series “How to Avoid Falling in Love with A Jerk or Jerkette.” He has designed several programs both for married and engaged couples, and he has been providing private counseling for 23 years.\
The seminar is for couples of all ages that are engaged, thinking about becoming engaged, or in the early stages of a relationship. It is also designed for individuals who want to learn more about building healthy dating relationships. Topics covered at the event will include using heart and head in choosing someone to date and marry.
“Couples who complete a premarital training course like the one offered by Northwest Arkansas Healthy Marriages are 80 percent more likely to stay together than couples who receive no training,” said Jackson Dunn, premarital program coordinator for northwest Arkansas Healthy Marriages.
Couples can register for the event online at www.nwamarriages.com, or by calling 479-524-7444. The registration deadline is Feb.16. Food will be provided at the event.
The CRE is in the middle of a five-year, $2.7 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, to support research and development of healthy marriages in Northwest Arkansas. Northwest Arkansas Healthy Marriages is the program directing the marriage strengthening initiatives in NWA.
The CRE at John Brown University was founded in 1998. The Center’s mission is to educate, equip and enrich people for developing healthy relationships through consulting, education, enrichment, resources, research and assessment. The CRE offers marriage preparation, marriage enrichment and relationships skills services to all of Northwest Arkansas.