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Disclaimer: I am a Catholic Priest, and so can only recommend that you see my page of Catholic Websites and Catholic Books.
The following page is mostly non-Catholic, thus "secular" and Christian sites on marriage, marital strengthening and enrichment.
|SmartMarriages.com - The Coalition for Marriage, Family, and Couples Education, which was the inspiration for many of my links.||Family First - Nebraska's pro-family public policy think tank|
Nebraska Healthy Marriage Initiative
|For World Marriage Day, visit Worldwide Marriage Encounter||For Black Marriage Day, visit BlackMarriageDay.com|
Directory of Secular Websites
FOCCUS/REFOCCUS Premarital & Marital Inventories
PREPARE/ENRICH by Life Innovations, Inc.
Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP)
PrepInc.com and Christian PREP
A 27-year-old program, "Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills," that teaches attitudes and behaviors for healthy relationships (for engaged or married couples).
The RELATE Institute - Relate-Institute.org
Complete one of the survey questionnaires, for married couples, or those preparing for marriage or remarriage, which then gives a detailed report outlining both parties' responses and areas of strength and weakness for discusion.
"Couple Communication" Programs for both married and engaged couples to produce interpersonal communication and conflict resolution. Developed by Drs. Phyllis and Sherod Miller, married over 40 years, with backgrounds in education and training plus marriage and family enrichment and therapy. Over 600,000 couples have participated in Couple Communication since its beginning at the University of Minnesota Family Study Center.
"Partners In Life" program for dating and engaged couples: PartnersInLife.org
Part of the Relationship Coaching Institute
The Cana Institute: CanaInstitute.org
Caring for the Soul of Marriage and Family
Two Churches, One Marriage
* This is a free, web-based program for interchurch couples, with strategies for dealing with the challenges they may encounter. Provides an eight-unit program similar to the REFOCCUS (written for both engaged and married couples).
Dove Tail Institute An organization offering resources for interfaith couples, from planning interfaith weddings to dealing with issues in their interfaith marriages, family, and extended families.
First Things First
Marriage and Family Resource Center with statistics, research and reasons to avoid cohabitation, www.firstthings.org.
E.g. The risk of divorce after living together is 50% higher than after not living together. In other words, those who live together before marriage are almost twice as likely to divorce than those who did not live together. (Bumpass & Sweet 1995; Hall & Zhao 1995; Bracher, Stantow, Morgan & Russell 1993; DeMaris & Rao 1992 and Glen 1990)
How to Avoid Marrying a Jerk - John Van Epp, PhD
Reborn Virgin: RebornVirgin.com
A secular site which promotes sexual abstinence before marriage.
A Christian site dedicated to fighting pornography, includes free accountability software.
Don't forget to check out the resources on NFP by John & Sheila Kippley
NFP Outreach: Facts About Natural Family Planning - NfpOutreach.org
NFP Outreach has accurate, practical, up-to-date facts about the various Natural Family Planning methods. A handy search tool also allows you to find an NFP teacher or resources in your area. Includes a library of documents.
The American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals - AAFCP.org
Formerly the American Academy of Natural Family Planning, a professional organization that provides certification / accreditation for Creighton Model FertilityCare NFP, and promotes research in natural family planning.
The Billings Ovulation Method - Drs. John and Evelyn Billings
woomb.org - Australia
The Ovulation Method: Natural Family Planning - John J. Billings
Pope Paul VI Institute - PopePaulVI.com
Creighton Model Natural Family Planning - CreightonModel.com
Family of the Americas
Information on the ovulation method of Natural Family Planning.
First Years and Forever E-Newsletter for Newly Married Couples
Marriage Builders - MarriageBuilders.com
Dr. Willard Harley provides articles, resources, mp3s and more to help all stages of marriage and marital difficulties.
Family Builders Ministries - FamilyBuilders.net
Dedicated to building stronger Christian marriages and families, it also has resources for churches and parishes (not Catholic). Includes 30 Days to a Healthy Marriage - Free: you and your spouse can receive a tip a day by email for 30 days!
The Marriage Garden
A FREE 6-lesson course on "cultivating" a good marriage
Operation US has numerous resources for all ages: dating and engaged, married, expecting, and couples under stress.
Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment (ACME) - BetterMarriages.org
Relationship Coaching Network - RelationshipCoachingInstitute.com
* A large number of excellent articles and recordings: Conscious Relationship Resources
Center of Relationship Enhancement (CORE) - RelationshipEnhancement.com
Marriage Education Institute - MarriageEducation.org
Strengthening relationships through online learning - offers online classes for couples to learn practical skills to nurture their marriage relationship.
Marriage Transformation Project - MarriageTransformation.com offers a list of Recommended books
National Institute of Relationship Enhancement - NIRE.org
World Class Marriage - WorldClassMarriage.com
Utah Commission on Marriage - UtahMarriage.org Offers a variety of FREE online internet courses, e.g. Saying "I Do": Consider the Possibilities; and a recently started course 'Marriage Moments' on becoming parents.
Songtime radio ministry has a Marriage Resource Packet with 8 helpful articles and tools for married couples, all online (non-Catholic site).
Secrets of Married Men - SecretsOfMarriedMen.com
Dr. Scott Haltzman runs an Internet community for married men to share their experiences and wisdom about marriage.
The National Healthy Marriage Institutite - HealthyMarriage.org
Numerous materials for all: engaged, newly-married, long distance relationships, etc. Also has supports for other marriage education groups. Great Free pamphlets! (including Spanish versions)
National Healthy Marriage Resource Center - TwoOfUs.org
A variety of resources for both the engaged and married, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Network - NERMEN.org
The Extension system provides healthy relationship and marriage education efforts and resources, including Free Educational Materials
Foundation for a Great Marriage Blog
- a nice blog for Stronger Marriages courtesy of ThinkMarriage.org
TheMarryBlogger.com - Encouraging Great Marriages
TheMarriageCounselingblog.com - discussion on Marriage, Families, and Counseling
passion101.com - Bring the Passion Back with Dr. Adam Sheck
WhisperedBetweenWomen.tumblr.com a.k.a. the secrets of married women by the enigmatic Mrs. Levine
LateBloomerBride.com Suzanne Henry writes about how marrying at the age of 42 changed her life
ProjectHappilyEverAfter.com - Alisa Bowman - marriage expert and freelance writer - provides Free Marriage Help and Advice
OneExtraordinaryMarriage.com - ONE by Tony & Alisa DiLorenzo about married life and how faith informs their marriage + includes a podcast
Marriage Radio - weekly radio progam to help couples enrich their lives together from Marriage Helper 911
More information about the highly recommended books of Michele Weiner-Davis (above), and her marriage skill-building "Keeping Love Alive" workshops. Also see twitter.com/divorcebusting and facebook.com/divorcebusting
Beyond Affairs Network (BAN) - DearPeggy.com
BAN is a free support group for people who are dealing with the devastating emotional impact of a spouse's affair. It is for women and men, whether still married or divorced, seeking support in recovering from this experience.
BAN is based on The Monogamy Myth: A Personal Handbook for Recovering from Affairs by Peggy Vaughan.
Brian and Anne Bercht, also include the opposite side of BAN, i.e. support for those who have had an affair. Those who are sorry and want to rebuild their marriages also need support.
Anne is author of My Husband's Affair Became the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me
Choosing Wisely - Before You Divorce
Sponsored by DivorceCare.org (Note: nondenominational Christian - thus not Catholic in its views of the possibility of remarriage after divorce.)
The Institute for Marital Healing - www.MaritalHealing.com
Sites to help find competent Marriage Friendly marital counseling:
CatholicTherapists.com, ExceptionalMarriages.com, and MarriageFriendlyTherapists.com
Skilled therapists that support marriage - a service both for couples and for those that make referrals. It also will ask clients for feedback about their marital therapy experiences.
AAMFT.org - American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
TherapistLocator.net - Licensed marriage therapists by zip code.
Dr. Susan Heitler offers various workshops, resources, books and tapes, include free articles; her focus is primarily on conflict management.
TheThirdOption.com - building a better marriage.
A on-going group program to help build better marriages. A manual and video series available for non-profit church/community groups. Popular for its easy to implement, support group format; there are fourteen mini-workshops to teach relationship skills to couples.
MarriageHelper.com - home of the Marriage Helper 911 Workshop
A Christian marriage ministry that includes many resources and worshops for marriages in crisis who are considering divorce (with a 77% success rate!), plus sponsors a weekly Marriage Radio progam.
Resources for Catholic and Christian Men
Head of the Family - Clayton C. Barbeau
Scriptural based guide to help men become better husbands and fathers, with practical experience and tips.
Explores the growing evidence that childrearing in America has taken a bewildering turn, with increased mental health problems, because parental invasiveness and overinvolvement is crippling children psychologically.
A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality - Dr. Joseph Nicolosi
Every dad should read this book.
A non-profit organization offering free online resources aimed at educating others about God's plan for marriage.
A page of Post Abortion Resources
The Relationship Resource Group
Publishes and provides links to resources to help Christian individuals, marriages, and families.
Human Family Foundation
Organization dedicated to promoting the dignity of the human family as the basic cell of society and the fundamental model of society. Also publishes an e-zine.
Secular educational and research organization working for the traditional definition of marriage, this site brings out the many problems of homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
Marriage & Family page at Kyria (Christianity Today)
Many articles and resource for the (non-Catholic) christian marriage. Like this one Stop, Drop and Kiss
Friends of the Family Ministries
Non-denominational marriage and family resource center with many categorized book lists and internet links.
Ten Social Science Arguments against Same Sex Marriage
ACF Healthy Marriage Initiative - part of Administration for Children and Families (government site)
The Ruth Institute - www.ruthinstitute.org - Making marriage cool - One Man + One Woman for Life
Including the Reel Love Challenge - videos from young adults: Is lifelong love possible? Is it worth the effort?
And LoveIsHere.com - fostering healthy, lasting marriages
Americans for Divorce Reform - DivorceReform.org
Supporting cultural and legislative efforts to reduce divorce through modification of no-fault divorce laws, waiting periods, mandatory counseling, and other means. More info on statistics and waiting periods.
Family First - familyfirst.org
Nebraska's pro-family public policy think tank: Marriage Matters in Nebraska Project
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