The Family Wellness curriculum is now listed in SAMHSA's (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) NREPP (National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices) and is considered a Best Practices Program.

Family Wellness Outcome Evaluation

Nine-Hour, Retreat Format for Military Families

This report details achieved outcomes using the Family Wellness, Survival Skills for Healthy Military Families curriculum. The curriculum is generally delivered in a three day, retreat-format. In the current study, the presentation of the Family Wellness curriculum took place over a Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday morning at three different sites. Together, the parents and children participated in interactive small group activities and role-plays. They received coaching on effective speaking, listening, and cooperating in a variety of typical family situations. Family sculpting and the use of continuums were also utilized to facilitate family changes. Family skills were modeled by the facilitators then practiced in session by the family members. Families are given unstructured 'family time' for a period of three to four hours during the retreat to allow families to integrate and continue practicing the skills they are learning or strengthening. Large and small group discussion was utilized to process information. Groups were composed of same-gender participants, real-life couples, real-life family members, similarly aged young people, unrelated participants, etc. depending upon the topic being processed.


Family Wellness Skills

Joseph Hernandez (Author)

A psychoeducational model for assessing individuals and families.

Over one million people worldwide have attended "Family Wellness" workshops and classes. Now, for the first time, this strengths-based and skill-oriented model is brought to readers. The book details an approach to working with families that centers on relationships and skills such as leading, listening, and cooperating. Orders may be placed directly through the publisher at or through the Family Wellness webstore.


Family Wellness Introduces new Fatherhood Curiculum

Dads for Life: Fathering for Family Wellness was specifically written to motivate and equip men to be the best dads they can be. We believe that all dads, regardless of their context or background, can acquire the skills necessary to enhance their relationships with their children and their family in order to leave a legacy that positively impacts future generations.
The curriculum contains four sessions in eight hours of content. The material is flexible and can be taught in weekly sessions, in a one-day retreat format, and in any number of settings. The hallmarks of the program include active classroom participation utilizing a variety of methods that have been proven effective in helping people learn. These methods include role plays, group, couple and individual exercises and activities, sculpting, call-outs, and coaching.


Family Wellness Associates Introduces Premarital Curriculum
Map for Marriage: Before You Say I do

Marriage is a popular dream, decision, and reality! About 90% of Americans get married at least once. Divorce occurs in approximately 40 to 70% of couples, depending on whether it is their first, second, or third marriage.

In the United States, the median age at first marriage has steadily risen from 1960 when the median age was 20.3 for females and 22.8 for males. By 2004, these ages had risen to 25.8 for females and 27.4 for males.

In general, people who marry young are more likely to break up. In 1995, marital breakup within 10 years was highest among those individuals who married before age 18 and lowest among those who married after age 25.

Many couples today choose to live together without marriage. One study found that 54% of all first marriages between 1990 and 1994 began with unmarried cohabitation. Just over 50% of first cohabiting couples ever get married.

In the U.S., couples who have lived together without marriage are at a greater risk for divorce than couples who did not previously live together. Couples who lived together before getting married tend to divorce early in their marriage. If, however, the marriage lasts seven years, their risk for divorce is the same as for couples who did not cohabit before marriage. If cohabitation is limited to a person’s future spouse, there appears to be no elevated risk for divorce.

Many couples hope that their cohabitation will serve as a kind of “marriage preparation,” where they can assess their compatibility with one another. Unfortunately, this “on the job training” often fails due to limited commitment.
Premarital education and premarital counseling are avenues to help people learn about themselves, their potential spouse, and skills related to strengthening relationship, working through conflict, and developing intimacy. Premarital counseling is most often conducted with couples alone while premarital education is generally conducted with groups of couples.

It is important for premarital educators to remember that most couples seriously considering marriage or engaged couples are IN LOVE. As such, they seldom believe that they will experience the same kind of problems other married couples go through. This shared delusion is often exposed as the couple prepares for marriage (due to the stress of finalizing all of the arrangements).

Premarital education can reduce the divorce rate by 30 percent. Factors that may improve marital satisfaction are increased commitment and cooperation, open discussion of expectations, learning communication and conflict resolution skills, and developing a map for marriage.


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