Lee University to Host “Hold Me Tight” Couples’ Workshop

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - by Sarah Wiggers, Lee University
Lee’s Marriage and Family Therapy graduate interns, who will present and facilitate the “Hold Me Tight” couples’ workshop
Lee’s Marriage and Family Therapy graduate interns, who will present and facilitate the “Hold Me Tight” couples’ workshop

Lee University’s Marriage and Family Therapy and Play Therapy Center will host “Hold Me Tight: Created for Connection,” a workshop for married and pre-marital couples, on Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31.

“Hold Me Tight” will include workshops designed by Dr. Sue Johnson, an author, presenter, and leading innovator in the field of couples’ therapy. Using Dr. Johnson’s method of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, the workshops will equip couples with attachment- and emotion-focused strategies for decreasing stress and improving relationship satisfaction, intimacy, trust, and safety.

Through workshops, partner exercises, and training activities, “Hold Me Tight” will cover a variety of well-researched topics, such as the science of love, understanding attachment needs, common relationship stressors, methods for repairing relationship injuries, the importance of intimacy, and building engagement and connection.

“Hold Me Tight” will be facilitated by graduate interns from Lee’s Marriage and Family Therapy program.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, from 1-4 p.m. at St. Stephen Church in Chattanooga. There is a $40 fee per couple, which will cover materials, light refreshments, and lunch on Saturday. For couples with elementary school-aged children, a social skills workshop will be offered simultaneously for an additional cost of $25 per child.

This workshop is not suitable for couples that are experiencing violence, infidelity, and/or severe mental illness.

Pre-registration is required by Thursday, March 21. To pre-register, contact Marian Christiana at 892-2310 or mchristiana@dioknox.org.

For more information about “Hold Me Tight,” contact Dr. Constance Ratcliff at cratcliff@leeuniversity.edu.


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