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RelateStrong | Training


Be Transformed Within
Gain Relationship Tools to Share

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.



The power of the RelateStrong | Training is two very dynamic experiences happening simultaneously. While learning how to become a stronger leader, the participant gains insight into understanding and helping others. The training gives the leader simple but profound skills to use in ministering to others with family, work and relationship issues.

Registrants of RelateStrong | Training receive two RelateStrong manuals:

Regardless of your background, the RelateStrong | Training will teach you to understand the dynamics of the information and how to apply it to a group setting. RelateStrong material has been taught successfully by both professionals and lay leaders. Some facilitators are Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists or Licensed Professional Counselors, while others are lay leaders who are competent in the material. All RelateStrong groups are considered relationship education and not therapy.

Group leaders can then bring the program back home to cover the following topics:

  • Getting To Know Our "Us-ness"
  • Learning The Pain Cycle
  • Learning The Peace Cycle
  • Learning The Four Steps
  • Practicing Problem-Solving
  • Recognizing Our Personality Differences
  • Using Our Spiritual Gifts
  • Visioning "the New You" and "the New Us"

 Training Schedule

The in-person schedule for RelateStrong | Training hosted by the Boone Center for the Family is Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Pacific Time). Each day includes 2-3 short breaks and a lunch. 

Online RelateStrong | Training hosted by the Boone Center for the Family run on Friday from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm (Pacific Time).

Please note that training times may vary on the event. Before registering, check the event location and agenda for schedule details.


The total cost for in-person RelateStrong | Training hosted by the Boone Center for the Family is $200 per individual. Please add a free "Spouse" ticket to your order if your spouse will be attending as well. A light breakfast and lunch is provided each day and is included with registration. Attendees also receive one print copy of the RelateStrong | Couples manual and one print copy of the RelateStrong | Individuals manual per ticket. Additional manuals can be purchased separately at shop.boonecenter.pepperdine.edu.

You can participate in a RelateStrong | Training hosted by the Boone Center for the Family online at $200 per general admission (spouses may attend free). Registrants also receive two leader guides by mail.

Student rates and group rates are available for those who qualify at both in-person and online trainings. Please note that actual registration costs may vary for specific trainings, such as one-day workshops or externally hosted RelateStrong events.


 Travel Information

For those flying, the nearest airports to Malibu are Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR). Please schedule your departing flights after 6:30pm on the Saturday evening of the training.

If you would like to stay on Pepperdine University's Malibu campus for the training, you can make a arrangements at the Villa Graziadio. Additional recommended accommodations in the area can be found here on the Seaver Parent's Program website. We recommend booking your accommodations as soon as possible.


Becoming a Certified RelateStrong Leader

Certified RelateStrong leaders are qualified to teach and facilitate the RelateStrong 8-week curriculum in a small group format within the context of their own organization, academic institution, or church. Advanced degrees in psychology, counseling, or theology are not prerequisites for certification.

To earn a certificate, leaders must complete a RelateStrong | Training, or a minimum of 13 hours of training on the topics of:

  • "us-ness"
  • the pain & the peace cycle,
  • conflict/conflict resolution,
  • personality differences, and
  • spiritual gifting, 

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