Partners on the Journey: Facilitator's Guide
Paul T. Ceasar
Marriage Ministry Resources Llc
OverviewThe Facilitator's Guide is intended to support a parish program of marriage enrichment with groups of couples. It provides a Facilitator with step-by-step instructions for setting up and conducting a parish marriage enrichment program. The Guide offers a variety of options, discusses the logistics of conducting the group sessions, presents timed outlines for each session, gives detailed instructions for introducing couples exercises and has copies of the exercises for couples that are found in the Participant's Booklets. The elements needed to offer a parish program include: a Facilitator's Guide, a set of DVD's with the Video Presentations and a Participant's Booklet for each participant.
About the series This marriage enrichment series combines a Catholic theology of marriage with the findings from scientific research to offer married couples both inspiration and practical help. The inspiration comes from the riches of the Catholic faith that gives meaning to marriage as a Vocation, a Covenant and a Sacrament. The practical help comes from over 40 years of research by the Gottman Institute that identifies the factors that predict divorce as well as the factors the predict success in marriage. Faith and science are woven together in this series through the use of video presentations, couples exercises and prayer, to help couples achieve a more meaningful, stable and satisfying relationship.
Paul T. Ceasar, M.A., M.R.E., Ed.D., has a Masters Degree in Theology, a Masters in Religious Education and a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Counseling. He has taught marriage and family counseling in several universities and is currently the Director of the Archdiocesan Retreat Center in New Orleans, LA. He also has experience as a parish minister, a professor, a marriage counselor and a facilitator for couple’s retreats.
Darryl Ducote, M.A., M.Div., L.C.S.W. has Masters Degrees in Theology and Divinity as well as a Masters Degree in Social Work. He has maintained a private practice in marriage and family counseling for over 30 years and is currently the Director of the Office of Marriage & Family Life for the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge, LA. In addition, he has experience as a parish minister as well as a facilitator for couples’ retreats and workshops.
John Gottman, Ph.D. has a Doctorate in Psychology and is the founder of the Gottman Relationship Institute which has conducted over 40 years of research with married couples to determine what works and what does not work in marriages. His research has provided the scientific evidence behind this program as well as the couples’ exercises that are part of this project.