About Our Center

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.

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