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Course: The New Rules of Marriage
by Terrence Real

CE Credit Hours: 10
Fee: $65

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Terrence Real helps couples negotiate more mutuality in their relationships with the principles of 'Relationship Empowerment', which embodies a 21st century worldview. Real's premise is that both men and women have tried to establish a mutual relationship using old models of power and roles. The book is full of practical insight as well as tools to help your clients gain their voice as they each seek intimacy.

He defines 'Connection' on multiple levels; intellectual, emotional, physical, sexual and spiritual. He helps identify and define the roadblocks to male and female intimacy from both a cultural and an anthropological perspective. The book provides assessments for couples to evaluate their relationships. There are case studies to help flesh out his critical principles e.g., identifying practical rules and self-defeating strategies. By identifying couples core negative images, he empowers couples to move with a new and different energy.

He identifies five 'nonstarters' to avoid and shares practical strategies for bringing honesty, passion, and joy back to even the most difficult relationship. This program will help identify and articulate your client's wants and needs in marriage in a unique and current perspective.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Help clients communicate needs in a manner that increases the probability of achieving relationship goals
  • Assist clients in restoring relationship health after a set back
  • Assist clients in envisioning desired changes
  • Assist clients in the practice of behaviors that will encourage relationship empowerment
  • Teach clients to cherish each other, building on each other's strengths

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The book is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.
Additional Resources On This Site for CE

Additional Resources Not On This Site

  • Visit Terrance Reals Web Sites: (more clinician oriented)
    or (more for clients)
  • Smalley Relationship Center:
    By Dr. Gary Smalley
    Marriage for a Lifetime
    Secrets to Lasting Love
    Two Sides of Love
  • Dr. Greg Smalley
    The Marriage You Always Dreamed Of
    Men's Relational Toolbox
  • Michael Smalley
    Communicating With Your Teen

Bio: Terrence Real

Terrence Real is the bestselling author of 'I don't want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression' and 'How Can I Get Through to You?: Reconnecting Men and Women.' He has been a practicing family therapist for more than twenty years and has lectured and given workshops across the country. In March 2002, Real founded the, Relational Life Institute. His work has been featured on NBC Nightly News, Today, Good Morning America, and The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as in The New York Times, Psychology Today, Esquire, and numerous academic publications. He lives with his wife, family therapist Belinda Berman, and their two sons in Newton, Massachusetts. Visit his website at