The Center for Couples, Families and Children is a non-profit counseling center founded in 1992 by Bernard G. Guerney, Jr., Ph.D., in order to provide clinical services to the general public and educational workshops for couples.
Our counseling services and educational workshops are based on the empirically validated Relationship Enhancement® and Filial Family Therapy methods for helping couples and family members have better relationships. These methods, created by Dr. Guerney and his wife Louise Guerney, Ph.D., during their long tenure as professors at Pennsylvania State University, have over 40 years of research demonstrating their effectiveness. Please click here for information about the Effectiveness of Relationship Enhancement® Therapy and Filial Family Therapy Methods.
Our Educational Programs for Couples
The Center also offers the nationally acclaimed Mastering the Mysteries of Love (MML) weekend program for married, engaged and dating couples. The MML program is the most extensively used educational version of the Relationship Enhancement® approach, and is designed to equip couples with the necessary relationship skills in order to enhance the odds of having a satisfying, fulfilling, and long-lasting relationship or marriage.
The National Institute of Relationship Enhancement® (NIRE)
The Center for Couples, Families and Children is a division of The National Institute of Relationship Enhancement®. NIRE in turn is a non-profit educational corporation and a branch of its parent organization, the Institute for the Development of Emotional and Life Skills (IDEALS), which was founded in 1972 by Dr. Guerney to promote research on the Relationship Enhancement® and Filial Therapy methods. For more information about NIRE and its professional training workshops, supervision opportunities and certification programs, please visit www.nire.org.
Bernard G. Guerney, Jr.
Bernard G. Guerney, Jr., Ph.D., is the founder of the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement® and is internationally recognized as one of the most prominent and innovative practitioners of marital and family therapy. His methods have been developed and refined over forty years of practicing, teaching and supervising individual, marital, group, and family therapy. His presentations and workshops have elicited high praise and great enthusiasm on four continents. For their work in developing Relationship Enhancement® therapy and enrichment methods, Dr. Guerney and his wife, Dr. Louise Guerney, have won several national awards. Dr. Guerney is President of NIRE, Professor Emeritus of Family Studies and of Counseling Psychology at Pennsylvania State University, and an AAMFT-Approved Supervisor. Dr. Guerney’s book, Relationship Enhancement: Skill Training Programs for Therapy, Problem Prevention, and Enrichment has been called, by Dr. Douglas Sprenkle, “a seminal and potentially revolutionary work … perhaps the best … integration of theory, research, and practice in the family intervention field.”
Robert F. Scuka
Ph.D., M.S.W., LCSW-C
Rob Scuka, Ph.D., M.S.W., LCSW-C, is Executive Director of NIRE and the Center for Couples, Families and Children. Dr. Scuka is certified as a Relationship Enhancement® Marital/Couples Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer; a Couple Relationship Enhancement® Educator/Leader, Supervisor and Trainer; a Child-Centered Play Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer; and a Filial Family Therapist and Supervisor. He is author of Relationship Enhancement Therapy: Healing Through Deep Empathy and Intimate Dialogue (Routledge, 2005) and has produced three DVDs. In addition to his Master in Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, Dr. Scuka also has a doctorate in religious studies and taught philosophy and religion at American University and Georgetown University for nine years.
Carrie Hansen, M.S.W., LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker and the Director of Stepfamily Programs at NIRE. Ms. Hansen is certified as a Relationship Enhancement® Marital/Couples Therapist and a Relationship Enhancement® Program Leader and specializes in working with couples considering separation or divorce, remarriage issues, and parenting and stepfamily issues. Ms. Hansen also consults extensively with Catholic Archdioceses across the country on marriage and relationship issues.