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RelateStrong Leader Training

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Both mental health professionals and lay leaders facilitate RelateStrong groups within academic institutions, churches, and Christian organizations around the world. The groups are educational (not therapeutic) by design, so while leaders benefit from a psychological background, it is not a requirement. Some leaders co-facilitate with their spouse, which is encouraged.

RelateStrong | Training

Those interested in leading RelateStrong groups participate in a two-day training at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Participants learn the curriculum in an interactive and interpersonal format, working through the key learning objectives themselves to experience firsthand the benefits of the program for their own relationships.




Training Schedule

The weekend training schedule is Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Each day includes 2-3 short breaks and a lunch. A light breakfast is provided each day of the training and is included in the cost of the training.


The total cost for the RelateStrong | Training is $350 per individual or $400 per couple. Student rates are available for those who qualify. Your acceptance into the training is confirmed upon application approval and receipt of payment.


Travel Information

For those flying, the nearest airports to Malibu are LAX or BUR. Please schedule your departing flights after 6:30pm on the Saturday evening of the training.

If you would like to stay on campus during the training, you can make a arrangements at the Villa Graziadio. Click here for additional hotels in the area. We recommend booking your accommodations as soon as possible.


Certified RelateStrong Group Leader

Certified RelateStrong Group Leaders are qualified to teach and facilitate the RelateStrong 9-week curriculum in a small group format within the context of their own organization, academic institution, or church.

Requirements to become a Certified RelateStrong Group Leader

Completion of a RelateStrong | Training, which includes a minimum of 13 hours of training on the topics of:

  • conflict/conflict resolution,
  • personality differences,
  • spiritual gifting, and
  • boundaries.

Note: Though many Certified RelateStrong Group Leaders hold advanced degrees in psychology, counseling, and/or theology, this is not a prerequisite for certification.

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