Who We Are:

Dr. Barbara D. Petty has a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Adult Education and Organizational Learning. Along with a Masters degree in Human Development and the Family, Barbara is prepared to assist couples in learning how to be Married and Loving It!

Terry W. Petty has a Master of Arts in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding. He is a Certified Professional Mediator (CPM), a Master Chaplain with the International Conference of Police Chaplains, and has served as a minister for churches in Idaho and Nebraska since 1980.

Barbara and Terry were married in 1977 and have 3 children, and a dog. Their oldest daughter and son-in-law have given them their first grandson.

Our Mission:

To teach couples skills to build, establish, and strengthen a healthy marriage relationship. The focus is on the development of practical knowledge and skills that will help participants learn how to enjoy sharing their lives with each other.

Our Philosophy:

Marriage is a unique relationship that has the potential to be a source of satisfaction and fulfillment or one of frustration and despair. To achieve satisfaction and fulfillment, married couples must adapt to a variety of stressful events and circumstances they will encounter over the course of their marriage. Their ability to navigate these challenging situations and to resolve their differences in a healthy manner is what will help them succeed in building a healthy relationship.

It is assumed that couples can learn knowledge and skills to assist them in developing a healthy relationship while preventing the deterioration of marital quality. Marriage education is an effective way to teach couples how to develop skills needed to establish a healthy relationship.

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