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050 | Grace Together and Loyal Love: Marital Renewal for Couples’ Counseling and Group Ministry

Preconference Workshops


Jim Sells, Ph.D., and Jennifer Ripley, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, and Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




Grace Together is a couples’ curriculum for counseling with a psychologist, other licensed mental health professional, or a small group or large learning event with a ministry leader. This workshop is based on the Grace and Hope Model that the presenters have researched through the Charis Institute at Regent University. The workshop uses the Grace Together and Loyal Love resources and teaches the two experiential models used in individual therapy, small group discussion, and larger group demonstration. The workshop will demonstrate the use of videos and participant guides. All resources are made available without cost. The focus will be on reframing defensive reactivity and redirecting participants toward biblical virtues: Grace, Justice, Empathy, Humility, Forgiveness, and Trust as alternatives. This workshop will include audience observation and rehearsal and participation in ongoing couples’ ministry and counseling support.

Learning Objectives

Apply the Grace Together and Loyal Love curricula into clinical practice and ministry
Describe current couples’ conflict reconciliation practices that will be useful to their work with couples experiencing conflicted relationships
Identify specific, current research on the grace and hope restoration models