Intimate relationships take hard work. They do not just happen - they require attention. These Extension programs are designed to help you give more attention to your relationship. They emphasize a process of growth and behavior change to help the relationship become stronger and more satisfying to both of you. Not everyone will want to participate in these types of enrichment programs so it is necessary for the two of you to talk about it before you read and study these resources. Also remember that these programs are not for relationships that are in serious trouble as they are NOT a replacement for counseling or therapy.
CoupleTALK: Enhancing Your Relationship was created several years ago to assist couples in skill-building exercises to help their relationship become stronger and more satisfying to each of them. Updated activities and information will be available in the future through the CoupleTALK self-paced web course. PeopleTALK: Enhancing Your Relationships also provides research-based information that can be used by couples who want to strengthen their relationship.
Another set of materials, What Happens Now? The Children are Gone… is for couples, but can be used by singe parents, too, who are facing an empty household after the children have left home. It focuses on relationship building that might have been ignored while the children were living at home.