The National Institute for Relationship Enhancement ® (NIRE)
The National Institute for Relationship Enhancement® (NIRE) was founded in 1992 by Bernard Guerney, Jr., PhD., as a non-profit educational corporation. The goal was to improve relationships between parents and children, couples, and family members by teaching practical, evidence based interpersonal skills. NIRE is committed to the spreading the use and awareness of these skills through training of professionals, psychoeducational programs, and counseling services. See the NIRE website or other programs utilizing the skills NIRE promotes for a more in depth look at the unique and effective approach! other websites: www. skillswork.org http://www.coupletalk.com/
Mission: To contribute to the advancement of honesty, compassion, and understanding in relationships by developing, teaching, and disseminating relationship enhancement skills for the benefit of the individual, the family, and the workplace.
If you or someone you know would benefit from developing skills that would deepen your ability to love and keep love fresh and new, consider signing up for one of the "Mastering the Mysteries of Love" weekends. These weekends are for dating, engaged, or married couples who are interested in increasing their relationship satisfaction and developing skills that facilitate greater closeness and intimacy. The link provided gives registration information- next workshop is November 16th and 17th!
nire.org November 16, 2019 9:00 am - November 17, 2019 4:00 pm IS LOVE SOMETIMES A MYSTERY TO YOU? WHAT MAKES LOVE LAST? WHAT MAKES LOVE DEEPEN OVER TIME? WHAT KEEPS LOVE FRESH AND NEW? Dedicate a weekend to learning the Skills of Love The 10 Relationship Enhancement® Skills can help you solve the mysteries...
[10/18/19] The date for the 2020 Conference on Relationship Enhancement and Filial Methods has been set! We will be meeting Friday to Saturday, March 27th to 28th. The call has gone out for proposals or suggestions for topics. Please email to [email protected] with any ideas or proposals!
another training opportunity is coming up in October on Relationship Enhancement Therapy for Couples and Families! Head to our website to register!
nire.org October 25, 2019 9:00 am - October 26, 2019 5:30 pm The purpose of this two-day skills training workshop is to provide participants a comprehensive introduction to the theory and methodology underlying the Relationship Enhancement® Model and to teach participants how Relationship Enhancement® ther...
there is still time to register for the Child Centered Play Therapy workshop September 13th and 14th. If you are looking for a research backed intervention for challenging cases involving children, this is for you! Head to our website to register!
nire.org Calendar of Professional Training Workshops Attend one of our Professional Training Workshops in Bethesda, Maryland. Registration information follows the workshop schedule. Relationship Enhancement® Therapy for Couples and Families Cost: $325.00 Date Location City/State Workshop Leader October 25-2...
Filial Therapy with Adoptive Families provides big benefits for the whole family!
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NIRE has an updated and improved website! The new website has been completely redesigned, updated and modernized.
We hope you will take a few minutes to browse the website, and we hope that you will find it to be visually appealing with more photos, as well as user friendly.
Also, check out key new features such as online pay for workshops, an online bookstore, and the new NIRE blog in addition to much more!
nire.org Welcome to NIRE and the Center for Couples, Families and Children NIRE offers professional skills training workshops and certification programs for mental health professionals and lay educators, including on-site training opportunities. In addition, through its Center for Couples, Families and Child...
NIRE is hosting the Advanced Child Centered Play Therapy workshop on May 18th, 2019. Take your CCPT skills deeper and head to the NIRE webpage to register:
nire.org Skills for a Lifetime of Love™
[04/09/19] It was wonderful seeing everyone who could join us at the workshops on RE and Filial methods this past weekend. Although bittersweet due to Dr. Guerney no longer being with us, it was inspiring to see the many individuals who he has impacted in such a profound way. Whether they were individuals who had known him for many years, just a few, or even professionally, it is undeniable that the work that he did shaped us all as clinicians and will continue to shape us as we seek to serve our clients with his spirit of love, empathy, and care. The lives that he has touched are as much a tribute to him as the wonderful methods which he leaves as a legacy to a world desperately in need of them. Thank you, Dr. Guerney, for your wonderful life of service.
[03/29/19] Looking forward to seeing those of you who can join us at the NIRE workshops next weekend! It will be a great chance to grow in these methods and honor Dr. Guerney's memory.
In Memoriam: Bernard Guilbert Guerney, Jr., February 28, 1930 - March 16, 2019
Bernard Guilbert Guerney, Jr., died at age 89 from complications of cancer, under hospice care at home, and surrounded by his loving family. Dr. Guerney was Professor Emeritus of Family Studies and Counseling Psychology at Pennsylvania State University, and has been internationally recognized as one of the most prominent and innovative practitioners of marital and family therapy. His presentations and workshops have elicited high praise and great enthusiasm on four continents. Dr. Guerney is best known for his creation of Relationship Enhancement® therapy and enrichment methods, which revolutionized the fields of couple and family therapy with their explicit skills training approach. In collaboration with his wife, Dr. Louise Guerney, he created Filial Family Therapy, at the time a radical departure in therapeutic practice, but now demonstrated to be the single most effective form of play therapy with children. Alone or with others he has produced over 80 articles and chapters, four books, and numerous manuals, training tapes, and films in the areas of individual, marital, group, and family therapy. He was the recipient of numerous life-time achievement and other awards from national organizations, including the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Play Therapy. Dr. Guerney founded the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement® in Bethesda, MD to continue the advancement of his innovative therapeutic methods. 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.” As a human being, Dr. Guerney was a most empathetic, kind, generous and appreciative individual. And he always had a warm smile to great you. At the core, Dr. Guerney modeled what he taught. Countless hundreds, probably thousands, of people have been blessed by Dr. Guerney’s presence, wisdom and dedication as a spouse, parent and grandparent, teacher and mentor. To have met and known Dr. Guerney is to have been touched by him. Dr. Guerney is survived by his wife of 65 years, Louise Guerney, three adult children, Janis, Bruce and Robert, and three grandchildren, Aaron, Liana and Cole.
[03/08/19] We are excited to be rolling out our new and improved website in the coming weeks, complete with some special features! Stay tuned to learn more when it opens!
Hello Everyone! Hope everyone has been having a great start to their new year. The Special Workshops On Relationship Enhancement and Filial Enhancement methods are coming up. It's a great opportunity to connect with others interested in Play Therapy, Filial, and Relationship Enhancement methods and get CEUs while you're at it! Head to our website to check out the presentations for this year and register.
nire.org Skills for a Lifetime of Love™
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Let's choose the former option; that way the children won't spend time in their later years trying to sort out the cracks of their past.
Mirror neurons have been the subject of much research and debate! Still, the ability to identify with a person's emotions and enter into their world can be a profound gift not only for them, but even for the person who does it, by increasing their understanding of someone with whom they were in conflict. Empathy is not just for "those with whom we agree" or "feel sorry for". Rather, it is for those with whom we have radically different experiences! The beautiful thing is that it is not just an attitude or something that some people have and some don't, but is actually a skill that can be taught!
empathicworkplace.com How the Mirror Neuron System Regulates Empathy by Angela Nino Science of Empthy How do we understand others when we haven’t experienced what they’re going through? How are we able to share in the joy and sadness of those around us? Why do some people seem so adept at suspending personal judgment...
A good little summary of what play therapy actually entails (No, it's not "just playing!"). Important work in the areas of growth and healing can occur for a child during their play session either with a therapist/counselor or a parent. Interested in more training opportunities for Filial Family Therapy or Child Centered Play Therapy? Check out our website or message us for more info!
psychcentral.com Play therapy is designed to elicit healthy emotional responses in a safe environment, create a sense of positive regard from therapist to client, and allow for healing and resolution of symptoms that may range from mildly distressing to devastatingly damaging.
There is still time to register for NIRE's Advanced Child Centered Play Therapy Workshop on June 16th, 2018. This is a great opportuntiy for those who have had previous experience in CCPT but desire to augment their skill set and go deeper in the areas of working with parents, limit setting, and extended empathy. See our website for additional info or register under the "registration forms" at the top!
nire.org This special one-day advanced workshop is for those who have had previous training in Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) and who desire to augment and solidify their knowledge and skills in the method. The purpose of the workshop is to provide strategies for dealing with problems frequently encounte...
As many of you may know, Mel Synder, a great friend, teacher, and member of the NIRE board, passed away recently. Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family. Below is the link for the invitation to a celebration of Mel's life that was emailed to the NIRE listserv if you missed it.
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Thanks to everyone who attended the annual workshops this year for Filial and Relationship Enhancement! It was wonderful seeing everyone and having an opportunity to develop professionally! Check out the website for additional training opportunities!
nire.org Calendar of Professional Training Workshops Attend one of our Professional Training Workshops in Bethesda, Maryland. Registration information follows the workshop schedule. Relationship Enhancement® Therapy for Couples and Families Cost: $375.00 Date Location City/State Workshop Leader October 26-2...
[04/02/18] Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Special Workshops for Filial Therapy and Relationship Enhancement Conference starting this Friday. There are some great workshops lined up!
Join us for the annual workshops on relationship enhancement and filial therapy models. These are great opportunities not only for CEs, but also to take an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and rejuvenate us in our work. Register at the link below!
nire.org The 2018 Relationship Enhancement® and Filial Therapy Conference April 6-7, 2018 in Bethesda, MD Sponsored by National Institute of Relationship Enhancement® (NIRE) CE Workshops For the 2018 Relationship Enhancement® and Filial Therapy Conference, NIRE is sponsoring two workshops on Friday April ...
Happy 2018 everyone! We're looking forward to a new year of trainings and professional development! Take a look at our website for a training schedule for Child Centered Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, and Relationship Enhancement Therapy. Be sure to stay tuned for the dates and topics of the next Filial Therapy and Relationship Enhancement Conference!!
nire.org Calendar of Professional Training Workshops Attend one of our Professional Training Workshops in Bethesda, Maryland. Registration information follows the
A daily habit that can be so simple and yet so powerful in terms of healing hurt and resentment is getting into the practice of sharing appreciations and things you appreciate about your partner. Let's
challenge ourselves this week to be mindful of how often we share positive qualities or actions for which we are appreciative!
It's that time again - give your spouse an APPRECIATION!
Say you care & what you admire. Keep looking for positives - make this a habit!
This article highlights two facets of empathy: the mechanics and the deeper approach and attitude that comes with the practice. It's why empathy is more than just reflective listening or mirroring. It is an attitude of receptiveness and openness to the experience of the other. However, like any other skill, it takes practice!!
religionnews.com (RNS) — Researchers say empathy is not only a biological instinct, but also a skill human beings can learn and improve upon.
Hello Everyone! Just to let you know, The dates for the 2018 Conference on Relationship Enhancement and Filial Methods will be held on Friday-Saturday April 6-7.
You also are invited to submit a proposal for a 3-hour workshop presentation, or to suggest a topic that you would like to see presented.
Please send your workshop proposals or suggestions for a workshop topic to Robert Scuka at [email protected]. Proposals and suggestions are due by November 30th. Look forward to seeing everyone there!
NIRE will be conducting a training in Filial Family Therapy (FFT) from November 10th to 11th. FFT is a proven method of improving the relationship between the parent and child, reducing defiant symptoms and negative child behaviors, and increasing parent's confidence around use of parenting skills. 13 CEs are available for the training, which gives clinicians a great tool to build on their experience with play therapy and a chance to develop the skills to teach parents how to enhance their relationship with their child. See our website for more information!
nire.org Training, Supervision, And Certification Programs in Family Therapy With Young Children: The Filial Family Therapy Model For over 25 years, NIRE has been
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