Marriage workshop strengthens Front Range couples’ bonds

Marriage workshop strengthens Front Range couples’ bonds

Front Range couples attend a Healthy Marriage Workshop at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Feb. 8, 2018. The workshop’s curriculum was led by relationship education facilitators from The Center for Relationship Education. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez)

Marriage workshop strengthens Front Range couples’ bonds

Capt. Eshawn Rawlley, chief of military justice, 50th Space Wing Judge Advocate office, and his fiancée, Christina Deveaney, participate in a ‘knee to knee’ activity at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Feb. 8, 2018. This involved couples facing each other, while taking turns making a statement and paraphrasing what the other said. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez)

Marriage workshop strengthens Front Range couples’ bonds

Vicky Daub, relationship education facilitator, the Center for Relationship Education, speaks with couples during a marriage workshop activity at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Feb. 8, 2018. The day-long class featured communication exercises, conflict resolution methods and various other activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Six military couples attended a Healthy Marriage Workshop to enrich relationships at the Schriever Air Force Base event center Feb. 8.

The workshop’s curriculum was led by relationship education facilitators from The Center for Relationship Education.

“Our mission is to equip individuals of all ages with skills for developing healthy relationships,” said Cassie Rothermich, programs and events director, The Center for Relationship Education. “This workshop was activity-based and designed to give couples tangible skills they can learn and take home to continue enhancing and building on their relationship. Even though we have partnered with Schriever Air Force Base before, this was the first time we conducted an on-site visit to the base.”

The 50th Space Wing Chaplain’s Office hosted the event and plans to host more marriage and family events throughout the year.

“Couples can get so busy in their day-to-day lives and sometimes their relationships may go on the back burner,” said Tech. Sgt. Jacqulyn Rider, non-commissioned officer in charge for chapel operations, 50th SW. “I think this provided a great opportunity for couples to come together. The saying ‘it takes a village to raise a kid’ can apply here too. Sometimes, it’s good to bounce ideas off other couples. There is a good chance they may have gone through the same issues and any advice can help in the long run.”

The day-long class featured communication exercises, conflict resolution methods and various activities.

Throughout the workshop, there were many opportunities for couples to participate in a ‘knee to knee’ activity. This involved couple facing each other, while taking turns making a statement and paraphrasing what the other said, which reinforced speaker-listener skills.

The couples in attendance provided diverse perspectives and marital experiences. Married for nearly over two years, 2nd Lt. Rachel Rivera, WGS engineer, 4th Space Operations Squadron and 2nd Lt. Isaac Rivera, satellite vehicle operator, 2nd Space Operations Squadron, shared their experience.

“We found out about this workshop through the base bulletin,” Rachel said. “We usually take advantage of these types of events so we can learn more about each other. We both come from broken families, which is why marriage is so important to us. We want to get all the tools and skills we can possibly get.”

Isaac concurred.

“It’s hard to resolve conflict if you never had an example growing up - these type of workshops help us to gain that knowledge,” he added. “I’m glad we had this time together to communicate and grow even more as a couple.”

Another activity couples took part in was personality profiles. Each person took a personality test which ranked everybody according to color category. Everybody of the same color would group up at different tables. This allowed the couples to find out more about each other’s strengths and weaknesses to gain more of an understanding about their partner.

Rothermich expressed why she finds these events to be so beneficial for the couples.

“My favorite part about these events is seeing the couples connect,” she said. “Sometimes, they don’t know what to expect, but by the end they have their arms around each other and are very engaged. It can be difficult at times for couples to maintain a connection, which is why giving them skills to do so is so important. I encourage couples to attend these workshops in the future.”

The Chaplain's Office will be hosting a marriage retreat in June. For more information, call their office at 567-3705.