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Summary Paragraph

10 Great Dates to Energize Your Marriage is a unique program that combines fun dates with marriage education skills. The program includes 10 dates that focus on 10 skills needed to have an alive, growing marriage. Couples can start this program on their own or start a 10 Great Dates group in their community. Each date (session) starts with a welcome and introduction by the facilitator, followed by the video segment where David and Claudia introduce the skill for that particular date, and ends with the date preparation. Couples experience their own date with help from the participant book that includes date night tips, date exercises, and suggestions for post-date applications. Most 10 Great Dates groups encourage couples to go outside for their date. The first three dates focus on developing a coping system for marriage by learning how to make a commitment to growth, communicate better, process anger, and resolve conflicts. Other dates help the couples to learn how to encourage each other, appreciate and benefit from their strengths, share responsibilities and work together, build a creative love life, balance parenthood and marriage, develop spiritual intimacy, and have an intentional marriage.

Curriculum Purpose

The curriculum aims to help couples communicate better, help their sex life, process anger and resolve conflicts, develop spiritual intimacy, appreciate differences, and balance busy lifestyles. To provide a broad-based, easy-to-lead resource for congregations, military, and community initiatives to introduce marriage education to the masses. To teach skills for building better relationships.

Curriculum Type Healthy Marriage / Relationship
Edition 1997
Other Versions Available Yes- 10 Great Dates for Empty Nesters; 10 Great Dates for Black Couples; 10 Great Dates Before You Say I Do; Great Dates Connection; 10 Great Dates (Korean); 10 Cites Extraordinarias Curriculum (in Spanish); 10 Great Dates: Connecting Faith, Love & Marriage; 10 Great Dates German edition
Total Hours 10.00 to 15.00 hours
Total Hours Flexible Yes
Frequency Weekly; bi-weekly
Frequency Flexible Yes
Delivery Format In-Person
Optional Topic Areas Available Not Specified
Supplemental Facilitator Aids Available Yes
Curriculum Has Been Evaluated Yes
Other Languages Available Yes

Target Learner Characteristics

Age Not Specified
Income Level Not Specified
Race / Ethnicity Not Specified
Education / Literacy Level Not Specified
Relationship Status Married
Military Family Not Specified
Incarcerated Father Not Specified
Non-residental Father Not Specified
Multi-partner Family Not Specified
Step Family Not Specified
Expectant Family Not Specified
Parents Yes
Relationship In-Distress No


Basic Instructional Materials DVD curriculum; participant book (8)
Basic Materials Cost $99.00
Additional Training Costs No
Copies Can Be Made No
Discounts Yes

Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance is Available Yes

Evaluation Tools

Customer Satisfaction Survey Available Yes
Pre/Post Tests Available Yes
Additional Cost No
Test Grading Options Yes

Facilitator Requirements

Facilitator Qualifications No special training is required. Program is often led by couples, social workers, family life directors, clergy or individuals.
Additional Teaching Requirements No additional teaching requirements
Technology Requirements Television monitor; DVD player; watch or clock
Instructional Approach Facilitator's purpose is to help the couples feel comfortable and to lead them through the introduction to each date.
Who Attends Couples
Group Size Not Specified
Facilitator Training Required No

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