Trevecca Nazarene University

Premarital Workshop will offer training for students who are engaged

Continuing an annual tradition, Trevecca's Career and Counseling Center will conduct a Premarital Workshop on January 28 and 29, for Trevecca students--undergraduate or graduate--who are engaged or about to become engaged. This weekend event is planned in order to help students prepare for the changes that are involved in building a strong marriage.

According to Pam Page, a counselor in the Career and Counseling Center and the coordinator of the workshop, the weekend is an interesting mix of sessions that tackle serious subjects and some lighthearted fun. The weekend event begins on Friday night when members of couples will participate in "The Nearly-wed Game" in which they try to match their answers in order to win prizes.

Saturday's workshops include sessions on communication, conflict resolution, sexuality/intimacy, and bringing together family backgrounds. Couples will also attend a panel discussion conducted by married persons who have been married for different lengths of time. Panel members will share how they made the adjustments necessary for marriage and how they navigated those areas of finances, where to spend holidays, et cetera, and will answer questions from workshop participants. The weekend will conclude with a session in which each participant will learn the results of the temperament analysis that each took when he or she registered, and then participants will have time to discuss those results with their future mates.

One of the benefits of this weekend is the new information that each person will gain about himself or herself and about his or her prospective mate. For couples who want additional counseling, the Career and Counseling Center staff will provide free sessions during the remainder of the semester.

The weekend includes all meals, gift bags, and frequent drawings for gifts that have been donated by Nashville businesses. The cost is $25.00 per couple. Persons who want to attend this event should call Ronie Karr at 248-1237. Also, persons who would like to sponsor a couple can call that same number to make those arrangements.