Relationship Enhancement® Couple & Family Therapy

Training, Supervision, And Certification Programs
Relationship Enhancement® Therapy for Couples and Families
NIRE 50“I have been in private practice for thirty years. I always saw a limited number of couples until I completed my RE training. Suddenly, the number of couples I treated sky-rocketed. Since I do not advertsie my practice, I get new patients only by word of mouth. The only conclusion I can draw is that the increase was due solely to how the nature of my work has changed as a result of my RE training. Indeed, as I introspect, I feel so much surer of myself as a therapist. I know how I must intervene and what will probably occur as a result. I truly believe that the time and money in my RE training were among the best investments during my professional life.”
– Certified RE Couples Therapist
“The RE training in couples therapy has given me more than just another ‘therapeutic technique.’ In addition to improving my ability to help my clients, the training has also enhanced my effectiveness as a supervisor of graduate students and as a teacher in the college classroom. It has enhanced my own personal relationships as well.”
– University Professor
For over 25 years the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement® and its parent organization IDEALS have been training mental health professionals in couple and family therapies based on the Relationship Enhancement® Model. The goals of the Relationship Enhancement® Couples/Family Therapies are to help couples and families resolve current relationship problems while developing communication, conflict resolution, and relationship skills to prevent the development of future problems. The Director of Couples/Family Therapy Training at NIRE is Bernard Guerney, Jr., Ph.D., the internationally recognized researcher and clinician who originally developed the Relationship Enhancement® Model.


The Relationship Enhancement® Model
The Relationship Enhancement® (RE) Model is both a psychoeducational program and a brief therapy model that employs an innovative skills-training methodology for empowering even the most distressed couples and families to resolve current and future problems on their own. Following the principles of an educational model rooted in learning therory, it accomplishes its goals by teaching a set of practical skills that enables couples and families to uncover and communicate their deepest feelings, concerns and desires, and to create solutions to problems at their deepest levels. The ten RE skills taught are: Empathic, Expressive, Discussion/Negotiation, Problem/Conflict Resolution, Facilitation, Conflict Management, Self-Change, Helping-Others Change, Generalization and Maintenance. An additional strength of RE therapy is that it equalizes power within relationships, both between genders and across generations.
Skills Training Workshops

There are several ways to learn how to do use Relationship Enhancement in your practice.  We offer Relationship Enhancement Therapy training at NIRE, Advanced Relationship Enhancement Therapy training, and a Homestudy Version of the Relationship Enhancement Therapy Training Workshop.

The basic Workshop is described here.  See button at the side for descriptions of the Advanced Relationship Enhancement Therapy training and the Homestudy Course.

For a description of our On-site RE workshops, see  On-site Professional Training Workshops on the Home page.

Supervision and Certification Programs–see button at the side
Relationship Enhancement Therapy Workshop
Individuals wishing to attend this workshop must first register through the link under Registration Forms.
The purpose of this three-day skills training workshop is to provide participants a comprehensive introduction to the theory and methodology underlying the Relationship Enhancement® Model and to teach participants how Relationship Enhancement® therapy is conducted with couples and families, beginning with the intake interview and proceeding through all the phases of RE therapy. The workshop emphasizes the building of participants’ therapeutic skills through a process that combines lecture, video, role-play demonstrations and intensively supervised skill practice.
Completion of this workshop is a prerequisite for application to NIRE’s:

Certification Program in Relationship Enhancement® Couple Therapy
Certification Program in Relationship Enhancement® Family Therapy

Those desiring to complete this workshop at home should look into our

Video-based Homestudy Program in RE Therapy

Workshop Objectives
Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Structure an intake interview so as to minimize in-session conflict and maximize commitment to positive therapeutic engagement
  • Teach clients the ten RE skills effectively
  • Structure Conflict Management Skill as a contract between couples
  • Coach couples’ dialogues effectively
  • Use the Identification Mode of Empathy to help couples deepen their dialogues
  • Use special RE Therapy techniques such as Becoming and Troubleshooting
  • Combine individual therapy of family members with RE couple and family therapy
  • Overcome power imbalances among family members
  • Motivate the doubtful, resistant or hostile adolescent, spouse or parent


  • Definition andoverview of the RE Model
  • 3 principal formats of RE therapy
  • Supporting research
  • Sources of power of the RE Model
  • What makes RE therapy distinctive
  • Demonstration of intake interview and RE therapist technique of “Laundering”
  • Video to illustrate experiential format for RE therapy
  • Demonstrations of how all 9 RE skills are taught to couples and families
  • Frequent supervised practice of RE therapist skills
  • Video illustrating use of therapist technique of “Trouble-shooting”
  • Video illustrating the promotion of emotional catharsis
  • Video illustrating use of therapist technique of “Becoming” to equalize power within a family
CE Information
20 hours of CE credits are provided to psychologists, social workers and counselors. For further information, see Continuing Education Information
Robert F. Scuka, Ph.D., M.S.W., LCSW-C
Individuals wishing to attend this workshop must first register through the link under Registration Forms.
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

Schedule, Cost and Registration Information
Cost of the RE training workshop is $375.
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:
Via the website:

3914 Kincaid Terrace
Kensington, MD 20895-1519

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. Please include the zip code associated with the credit card.