Classic RE Program

Couples Relationship Enhancement® (RE) Program
Educator/Leader Training Workshop
NIRE 19An award-winning meta-analytic outcome study conducted at Purdue University found The Relationship Enhancement® Program to be the most effective of twelve major couple relationship-strengthening and marriage enrichment programs. This two-day training workshop emphasizes the building of participants’ leadership skills through a process that combines lecture, video, role-playing demonstrations, and intensively supervised skill practice. This training will prepare participants to lead the Couples Relationship Enhancement® Weekend and other RE programs. Topics covered include: leadership style, skills for effective leadership, the use of role-play demonstrations to facilitate participant learning, and the supervision of participants’ skill practice sessions. This training is open to mental health professionals and qualifying non-professionals.
Certification Program to become a Couples Relationship Enhancement® Program Educator/Leader
Completion of this workshop constitutes one of two alternative prerequisite tracks for application to NIRE’s:  Certification as a Couples Relationship Enhancement® Program Educator/Leader

The other option is the:

Video-based Home Study Program of the Couples RE Program Educator/Leader Training Workshop  (see button at side)
Workshop Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will learn:

  • Methods of recruiting participants for groups
  • Ways to link the RE program to “practice building”
  • Ways to use the RE program to meet the brief-therapy requirements of managed care
  • How to lead RE programs effectively
  • How to teach program participants the nine RE skills
  • How to use role-play demonstrations to facilitate participants’ learning
  • How to supervise participants’ skill practice sessions in order to build confidence and improve their skill level
  • How to prevent or resolve all the problems ever likely to arise in a couples’ program
  • How to help couples maximize their benefits from the program after the workshop is concluded
  • Brief overview of History/Theory/Research of RE therapy, problem-prevention and enrichment programs
  • Various RE program formats
  • Demonstrations of how the RE program is introduced and how RE skills are taught
  • Supervised role-play practice of supervising skill practice by program participants
  • How to “troubleshoot” impediments to skill learning
  • How to recruit participants
  • How to link the RE program to practice building
  • Using the RE program to meet the brief-therapy requirements of managed care
CE Information
13 hours of CE credits or 1.3 CEU’s are provided to psychologists, social workers, and counselors. For further information, see Continuing Education Information.

William Nordling, Ph.D.
Robert Scuka, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW-C
Schedule, Cost and Registration Information

There are no additional trainings offered in this program in 2009.  See the 2010 schedule after December, 2009.

Cost of the Couples RE Program Educator/Leader Training workshop is $285.
A discount of $25 is available for each person attending from the same site and registering together.
The workshop meets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Lunch is on your own.
To Register, contact Ms. Laura Landi:
NIRE – Administrative Office
12500 Blake Road
Silver Spring, MD 20904-2056
If you register by fax or mail, please include your name, address, home and work phone numbers, and the dates for which you are registering.
Payment may be made either by check or credit card. Registrations by fax must be accompanied by a credit card number.
If payment is made with a credit card number, please write your name exactly as it appears on the card, the expiration date and your signature.
Additional Training Opportunities
Participants completing this workshop may also wish to attend NIRE’s:

Relationship Enhancement® Couples/Family Therapy Workshop
Advanced Relationship Enhancement® Couples Family Therapy Workshop
Mastering the Mysteries of Love RE Program Training

Mastering the Mysteries of Stepfamilies RE Program Training
Ready for Love RE Program Training
You might also wish to consult:

Couples Relationship Enhancement® Weekend

On-Site Training Opportunities:
This and all other NIRE professional training workshops can be offered on-site and tailored to meet your organization’s or group’s distinctive needs. For more information on this potentially cost-saving alternative, please see

On-Site Training Opportunities