Les and Leslie Parrott are a husband-and-wife team who not only share the same name, but over twenty years of the same passion for helping others build healthy relationships.
Through best-selling books, speaking engagements and national TV and radio appearances, each year Les and Leslie reach a wide array of audiences from churches to Fortune 500 company board rooms. Their professional training – Leslie as a marriage and family therapist, and Les as a clinical psychologist – ensures a presentation that is grounded, insightful and cutting-edge. One minute you'll be laughing and the next you'll sit still in silence as they open your eyes to how you can make your relationships all they were meant to be.
The Parrotts have been guests on CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The View with Barbara Walters, NBC Nightly News, and Oprah. Les and Leslie are also hosts of the nationally syndicated radio program Love Talk and are weekly guests on the Fox TV morning show in Seattle. Their work has been featured in Family Circle, Redbook, Men's Health, Focus on the Family, Brides, as well as USA Today and The New York Times.
Rachel is a multilingual individual and couples therapist with a private practice in New York City for over 18 years. She specializes in relationship issues and provides her clients in person and virtual (skype, Google Hangouts, phone) counseling. After years of helping clients, she recognized that there are many people who crave healthier relationships but are uncomfortable going to therapy or simply cannot go to a therapist’s office because of travel, scheduling or financial issues.
To serve them, she designed a program that can be used remotely at any time. This user-friendly audio program, The Ultimate Relationship Resolution Program, transforms relationships through a combination of psycho-education, proactive skills and proven techniques. From the comfort of their home, car or while out exercising, couples use the program to make immediate and beneficial changes in their relationships. Through this self-help audio program, individuals and couples learn how to effectively navigate and work through the five most common issues that arise in relationships: communication, anger, money, physical and emotional intimacy.
For more information on Rachel and her work visit: http://www.relationshipsuite.com
As recently featured on CNN's, "Black in America," Nisa Islam Muhammad led the way for members of the Black community to celebrate marriage by creating Black Marriage Day in 2002. Held on the fourth Sunday in March, the event has grown from 30 cities to over 300 community organizations and churches in 200 cities representing 31 states.
Ms. Muhammad founded a national initiative to promote marriage in the Black community, the Wedded Bliss Foundation, and in her book, Raising the Bottom: Promoting Marriage in the Black Community, she compiles essays from people around the country who share her passion for strengthening marriages in the Black community.
She has collaborated with Dr. Rozario Slack to develop a Black marriage education curriculum called “Basic Training for Couples” in response to the pleas from people around the country to create something to meet the needs of the Black community. Their new work includes “Basic Training for Singles,” “Basic Training for Men,” and “Basic Training for Women.”
Dr. Rozario Slack’s passion for helping individuals come to understand what it means to love and be loved unconditionally and for children to grow up in the safety and security of a home with both mommy and daddy, has spurred him to reach out of singles, couples and parents of all walks of life with a message of encouragement and hope. Yes, making a commitment to remain married to the same person, “til’ death,” is a challenging goal, but a very worthy and attainable one. Knowing that people want to be loved, appreciated and accepted is one thing but understanding that many people simply do not have the skills to sustain these relationships long-term provides a backdrop for Dr. Slack's passion for helping people.
Through his curriculums and presentations, Dr. Slack gives individuals the real life tools necessary to turn dreams of happy households into a reality. With a balance of wit and wisdom, Dr. Slack leads people down a learning path to help them discover and set in motion the powerful resources that lie within them.
To Dr. Scott Stanley, “PREP” means much more than simply “prepare”. To Dr. Stanley and his colleagues it represents decades of research, development and refinement of the “Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP)” curriculum. PREP a skills and principles-building curriculum designed to help partners say what they need to say, get to the heart of problems, and increase their connection with each other.
As a research professor and co director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver , Dr. Stanley has been published widely in journal articles and book chapters, with research interests including topics on commitment, communication, conflict, confidence, risk factors for divorce, the prevention of marital distress and couple development.
Dr. Stanley has authored or co-authored various books including Fighting for Your Marriage and The Power of Commitment. He is also a co-author of “Within Our Reach,” an experiential-based curriculum for couples, and “Within My Reach,” an experiential-based curriculum for individuals.
The Power of Commitment
What is commitment and what's so scary about it? How can we better understand and appreciate the value of commitment and make it last–for a lifetime?
In his new book, Scott Stanley, best-selling marriage expert, reveals that the secret ingredient for finding lasting love is understanding commitment. Too often, men and women find themselves in half-committed, Maybe I Do, relationships that lead to frustration, sadness, and, in many cases, divorce. But it doesn't have to be this way. Scott Stanley offers a five-step plan–based on his groundbreaking marital research and uniquely spiritual approach–for understanding commitment, including learning to handle the pressures of everyday life, moving through the pain of unfulfilled dreams and hopes, overcoming attraction to others that might endanger a marriage, transforming your thinking from "me versus you" to "we" and "us," and capturing the beauty and mystery of lifelong devotion, loyalty, teamwork, and building a lasting vision for the future.
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Fighting for Your Marriage
To this new edition (the original came out in 1994), the authors have added current research on marriage and societal changes. At its core, however, remains the program that Markman and Scott Stanley, codirectors of the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver, created to help couples overcome nuptial difficulties: the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP). Based on empirical research, PREP emphasizes teaching couples to handle conflict better by using the speaker-listener technique, which involves having one person speak at a time while the other actively listens.
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