CFT 412 Lecture Notes - Lecture 16: Center For Process Studies

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Class 16: May 30
Relationship
Enrichment
What is it?
Often preventative
Designed for healthy/well-functioning relationships
Utilized with increased frequency for distressed
relationships
Educational component
Goals:
Become aware of self and partner/s
Explore own thoughts/feelings, thoughts/feelings of
partner/s„ Encourage empathy and intimacy
Develop effective communication and problem-solving
skills
Benefits
Empirical evidence for the effectiveness of relationship
enrichment programs
Studies demonstrate that those participating experience:„
Improved relationship satisfaction
Better sexual intimacy
Increased intellectual Intimacy
More self-disclosure
Improved ability to Identify needs and wants
Enhanced communication and conflict resolution skills
Lower levels of relationship violence
Process studies:
Couples have reported relationship enrichment programs as
a positive experience that they would recommend to others
Three Main Objectives
Increase positivity outside of conflict
Increase positivity
Decrease negativity during conflict
Effective
Relationship
Enrichment Starts
with Good
Assessment
Process and Content
Process: the way in which the couple interacts
Content: the details of their communication
Other parts of assessment
Health status (current & historical)
Relational process
Social context (ecological influences/systemic/diversity
considerations)
Relational objectives; shared goals
Change orientation
Strengths/assets
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