SFBV’s Second Retreat a Huge Success



Hearne, Tx–Some Robertson County couples went to church over the weekend…not to save their souls but to “save” or enhance their relationships.

Strengthening Families of the Brazos Valley hosted their second marriage and relationship retreat at The First Baptist Church in Hearne. The two-day retreat featured PREP[Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program]–Successful relationships. Successful lives.

Couples participated in sessions of interactive workshops to learn how to resolve conflict, communicate effectively, to identify issues and hidden issues as well as to have fun and to embrace their individual personality in their relationship. Shevonne and Michael Phillips said they were glad to attend the retreat and the sessions were beneficial. “My favorite session was the Speaker Listener Technique. We are guilty of paraphrasing what’s being said before it’s actually “said” and learning to listen first before thinking about a response or how to respond as that person is talking. ┬áMy wife and I will start practicing that technique in our relationship.”, said Micheal Phillips.

The retreat hoped to provide couples with the tools they need to create and maintain healthy families and relationships. SFBV’s Dr. Lakshmi “Hema” Mahadevan, Quality Control, said, “This retreat was very successful. Couples enthusiastically participated in activities that were both one-on-one and with the group. Additionally, participants comments indicated that couples were learning new ways of improving their relationships and were looking forward to incorporating what they had learned in the future.”

Couples were also treated to three catered meals and many won fabulous door prizes donated by local businesses in Hearne and Bryan-College Station.

Synergy was held in Brazos County back in March and will be hosted in Burleson, Grimes and Madison counties in the near future.

The retreat was fully funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.