Time for a Check-up?

Time for a Check-up?

UPDATE: The retreat dates have changed to April 4 - 6, 2014.

Camp Noel Porter

Relationships are so much like everything else in life. Ups and downs are not unusual. Sometimes we’re surprised when something goes awry. Just as we take the family car in for a routine check, it’s not a bad idea to see if all the nuts and bolts are tightened up in our marriages.

The How Do I Love Thee couples retreat at Camp Noel Porter, April 4 - 6, 2014 is a great way to get that 10,000 mile inspection. The format is based on the Prepare/Enrich program. Each couple will complete the online assessment through the camp office. Your responses will be completely confidential. The group facilitators will only see a summary of all replies so the issues that are identified can be addressed.

This retreat is for couples who have good marriages they’d like to make better. The focus will be on building our strengths and improving communication. You’ll have a weekend in a serene and romantic setting to recheck and refresh your marriage with other couples who have similar goals.

There is a fee of $400 per couple and includes lodging and meals as well as your online check-up. Register online at the Camp Noel Porter website. There is a limit of 14 couples.


Dr. Beverly Williams holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Duke University. She has worked with families dealing with behavioral problems, abuse and poverty. As a lecturer at UC Irvine she oversaw counselors’ plans for working abused women and children. She also spent several years as a certified trainer for Parent Effectiveness Training which focused on developing a non-accusatory communication model for resolving differences.

As a volunteer with Army Community Service, she served as a counselor to families coping with continual change in a highly stressful environment and led workshops to support military families facing these issues. In consulting practice she has conducted workshops on conflict resolution and been an executive coach. Her motto for personal relationships is, “It’s better to be loving than right.”

Dr. John Williams holds joint doctorates in Counseling Psychology and Special Education from the University of Massachusetts. As a former high school teacher and college professor, he has spent most of his career in the mental health field as an executive in children and family services. As a result he counseled multiple individuals and couples.

For the past four years he has been working in pastoral care and has counseled numerous couples. His ongoing work with seniors has provided him with insights as to why some marriages become broken while others continue to grow and evolve even when challenges emerge such as illness, family fragmentation/role shifting, financial stress and changing expectations.

Click here to download the registration form.


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