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307 | From Anger to Intimacy: Reignite Your Marriage with Forgiveness, Understanding, and Appreciation

Friday 9/15 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Pre-marital Counseling and Marriage Enrichment, Workshop Tracks


Ted Cunningham, M.A.C.E.



Approved For CE

Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




Many have heard it said, “Unresolved anger is like drinking poison expecting your spouse to get sick.” Some sip the poison, while others drink it by the gallon each day. Unresolved anger drains a marriage of kindness, care, gentleness, and honor. This poison threatens relationships at work, home, church, and in the community because many never fully resolve their anger. If anger is unresolved in the family of origin, past relationships, or a previous marriage, it will resurface, and spouses usually get the brunt of it. The bond of relational, emotional, spiritual, and physical intimacy strengthens when both spouses feel safe, heard, and valued. This workshop explores the factors and skills necessary to experience high levels of marital satisfaction and deep levels of intimacy. It will benefit pastors, pastoral counselors, lay counselors, and coaches working with struggling couples in crisis and prevent thriving marriages from drinking the poison.

Learning Objectives

1. List six effects of anger: blaming your spouse, questioning your compatibility, closing your heart, isolating yourself from others, doubting your future, and exploring other options
2. Explain the six levels of communication that take couples deeper in conversation and understanding
3. Analyze effective and ineffective apologies in relationships
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