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Certified MARRIAGESTRONG & RELATESTRONG Leaders around the country

Use the map to locate MarriageStrong leaders in your region!

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A group is a psychoeducational small group that most commonly meets weekly for an hour and a half over nine weeks. A trained professional leads the participants through sessions focused on:

  • constructive conflict resolution
  • connecting past experiences to the present relationship
  • personality differences
  • spiritual gifting
  • learning healthy boundaries


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Nicole Zasowski, LMFT, earned her BA in Psychology from Pepperdine University and received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary School of Psychology before moving to Connecticut with her husband in August of 2011. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Nicole sees couples, individuals, and adolescents. Nicole walks alongside people, helping them to strengthen their understanding of themselves in order to lay a healthy foundation for their relationships with others. Nicole also has extensive experience helping young adults manage life transitions that include vocational discernment, identity issues and preparing for marriage. Nicole speaks regularly on topics that include Vocational Discernment and Discovering Your True Identity. Nicole is currently leading a MarriageStrong group in the Connecticut area.

Presentations & Trainings

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Valerie Johnson, MA

Christian Association For Psychological Studies

Annual Conference, Portland Oregon

Sharon Hargrave, MA; Valerie Johnson, MA; Judith Cho, MS

Introduction to the MarriageStrong Program and its Cultural Applications:

Studies on marital enrichment programs have identified the positive impact of psycho-educational programs on relationships. However, few studies have assessed a program tailored to clergy spouses who face unique relational stressors. This study examined clergy and seminary couple reactions to marital satisfaction, trustworthiness and positive feelings toward spouse, before and after participation in the MarriageStrong program, using the Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale (RDAS), the Relational Ethics Scale (RES) and the Positive Feelings Questionnaire (PFQ). Results indicated significant increases in trustworthiness and positive feelings toward spouse following participation in the MarriageStrong program. Significant increases in marital satisfaction were not demonstrated. Probable explanations for findings and implications for the program are discussed.

(note: the following documents refer to MarriageStrong by its former name, Strong Marriages Successful Ministries.)

We are excited to announce

a name change for MarriageStrong and RelateStrong.

Same programs, new names...

Please visit our new site at the Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University