It's not about love; it's about skills
By KATE COLEMAN
Smart Marriages Happy Families Expo, a three-day program of seminars, workshops and training, wraps up today in Arlington, Va. It is part of a six-day conference offered by Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education, headquartered in Washington, D.C. The group, formed in January of 1996, offers a new approach: "Instead of providing traditional therapy to struggling marriages and families - help that is too often too little, too late - this approach builds healthy families through preventive education," according to a conference brochure.
Diane Sollee, the coalition's director, had worked for 10 years as director of education for American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She says she was frustrated because she had wonderful research coming across her desk, but people didn't know about it because it couldn't be discussed for fear of marginalizing those outside traditional marriage.