Empowering Women through Relationship Education: Healthy Relationships California President Conducts Special Training at Global Peace Convention in Manila, Philippines

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San Diego, CA: March 13, 2017: Global opinion leaders increasingly recognize the importance of women’s empowerment as a means to creating a more just world. Women’s role in creating a leadership culture for peace and development was highlighted in a special training conducted by Patty Howell, president of Healthy Relationships California (HRC) at the Global Peace Convention held in Manila, Philippines on Feb. 28-March 3, 2017. Speaking to a standing room only audience of more [...] Read more »

“Whoopie, We Saved a Marriage!” and Other Flawed Perspectives

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By Patty Howell, Ed.M., A.G.C. President, Healthy Relationships California I’m not saying saving a marriage isn’t important, because it is. And it’s especially important if it’s your marriage that a Relationship Education course helped save. This is a big deal, really; one that ripples throughout all parts of your life, and impacts you, your spouse, your kids, their achievement in school, the health of everyone in the family, your effectiveness at work, your family’s income, [...] Read more »

More than Marriage Education: A Larger Perspective on Transforming Lives

HRC President Patty Howell

By Patty Howell, Ed.M., A.G.C., President Marriage Education was the pulse of our organization from Day 1. In fact, when Healthy Relationships California was founded in 2005, the word marriage was part of our corporate name—California Healthy Marriages Coalition. Our organization has always believed in Marriage Education and we have amassed impressive evidence that shows we’re very good at Marriage Education. And, we know very clearly—from hundreds of research studies on key social factors associated [...] Read more »

California Marriage Organization Launches International Effort at United Nations

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Healthy Relationships California, a nationally-renowned leader in Relationship and Marriage Education, announced the formation of Healthy Relationships International at a United Nations conference in Geneva, Switzerland last month. “Because of our successful track record teaching relationship skills and conflict management tools to more than 140,000 people across the diverse populations, languages and cultures in California, Healthy Relationships California (HRC) regularly receives requests to bring similar trainings and resources to other countries around the world,” says [...] Read more »

President of California’s Largest Marriage Education Organization Steps Down

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Dennis Stoica, the founder of Healthy Relationships California, has resigned as president of the nationally recognized non-profit organization, formerly known as California Healthy Marriages Coalition (CHMC).  “After ten years of working to improve the health of couples, families and relationships throughout California by offering Relationship and Marriage Education classes, the time has come for me to make a change,” says Stoica. Over the last decade, Dennis Stoica’s vision and leadership resulted in numerous accomplishments including: [...] Read more »

Research Shows Couples Can Increase Marital Happiness, Even Those on the Brink

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Researchers at Healthy Relationships California have found strong gains in marital satisfaction among 17,245 participants of Marriage Education programs in California, the nation’s largest study on the immediate and long-term impact of Marriage Education. Before taking a Marriage Education course, only 44% of married persons considered themselves happy with their relationship, while 56% were moderately or highly distressed about their marriage. Six months after taking a skills-based Marriage Education course, only 32% of participants were [...] Read more »

Kraft’s Contest Calls for Marriage Education

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The tangy taste of Miracle Whip is loved by some and hated by others. But Kraft, maker of the salad dressing, has kicked off a “Not for Every Relationship” contest that is stirring up a whole new controversy. Why? Because they are offering $25,000 for the winning story to go towards a couple’s wedding…or divorce. For some, this is simply a humorous campaign; for others, it is the source of great concern. Beverly Willett, the [...] Read more »