Taller de Parejas
Our couples’ programs offer each person the opportunity to gain a better understanding of themselves, to know their spouse better and to strengthen the couple’s love and commitment. We want couples to recover confidence in each other and regain mutual respect. We provide an adequate environment so that the participants can get in touch with their feelings and communicate about the problems and situations that are affecting them and their relationship.
In our workshops participants can talk to each other privately and openly about the topics that we present to them in a comfortable environment using some questions that serve as a guide to make their communication easier. Our volunteer mentors are available to listen to them if the couple wishes to do that. After every workshop we prepare and keep a support group for all couples. There is no cost for the couple’s participation in these groups.
Our couples’ workshops (Taller de Parejas) discuss eight (8) topics that cover a complete analysis cycle about couple’s relationships. These topics are presented through the testimonies of couples that have experienced similar situations. Each of the topics covers some key concepts. The presenters add to them their personal experiences.
These topics are:
- God’s Plan
- Spiritual Divorce
- The Sacrament of Marriage
- Umbilical Cords
The cycle begins with God’s Plan. The main concept is the idea that we were made to be happy. Topic discusses the different tools that couples have to achieve that happiness. This theme is presented with respect to those couples that are not Catholic or Christian.
The second area is Spiritual Divorce. This topic examines the level of separation and/or togetherness that the couple might have. It teaches how to recognize early signs of trouble in the relationship.
Adultery exposes the negative consequences of giving something or someone priority over our spouse. It stresses the need to forgive in order to provide a new beginning for the relationship. Specific steps to achieve that forgiveness are shared.
The fourth topic is Communication. This presentation gives couples the tools they need to develop and maintain a good and productive communication. We analyze those subjects that tend to be conflictive to most couples.
In Sacrament of Marriage we explore the union from a faith perspective but respecting the reality that some of the couples that attend the seminar might not share that faith. We stress the importance of commitment to make the relationship a success.
The Umbilical Cords topic teaches the participants how to recognize patterns and traits that we receive in our upbringing and how they affect the way that we behave as spouses and parents.
The area of Spirituality helps the couple see that finding a special meaning for their lives and their relationship enriches them and changes the way they see the world, understand their problems and face their difficulties.
The theme of Sexuality clarifies ideas and misconceptions about sexuality and encourages the couple to live their sexual life as a special gift.
Evaluate Your Relationship
Articles of Interest
--- Communication Skills
--- Time for Sex
Six years ago a challenging situation hit my marriage. The feeling was as if I had fallen from ten stories high with no safety net. I could not see a recovery or a resolution. I did not see any possibilities, when I found out that my husband had an affair with another woman and out of that affair there was a child. The situation was unbearable for me and my family to struggle with alone. I wanted to find someone or something to help me do the right thing.
I searched the very next day calling different agencies to see if they had any services where I could find hope for my family. Yet, I couldn’t find anyone locally to help me with this situation. What Counseling services I did find was too expensive and there were no services offered in Spanish. My last resort was my priest at my parish. After getting such a negative response to my situation from other agencies I felt almost ashamed. I had no reason to. I thought to myself; do these things not happen in other marriages? What do other couples do that find themselves in difficult marriages? My priest gave me a flyer of a Workshop that would be held close to this area and it would be offered in Spanish. I never expected the words “Renovacion Conyugal” to actually change our lives, in so many ways.
I remember how supportive and caring the director was when she spoke to me. How insisting she was that I could find hope, even during this tough time for me and my family. My husband and I have been married now for ten years and with Renovacion Conyugal’s help we have made the last six years count with so many blessings. I would recommend Renovacion Conyugal to anyone searching for a better marriage. Even if you think your marriage couldn’t get any better, believe me it can. I didn’t think we had a strong enough relationship to make it through this.
Renovacion Conyugal helped us see that we did. The tools and support not only gave us the strength, but confidence to rebuild our marriage even stronger, one step at a time. We learned from them that mistakes no matter how big or small could have happy resolutions. Issues can be resolved in peaceful terms and with loving tactics. The most important opportunity it gave me was to forgive.
My husband and I truly believe our marriage would not have survived without the guidance, support and education that Renovacion Conyugal provided us with. This is why we also decided to become volunteers for the program. We wanted to show others just how hope of a better marriage can become a reality. Thank you Renovacion Conyugal!
----------------- Isabel. Dalton, GA