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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.

Following a RelateStrong | Training, leaders will receive two RelateStrong manuals unique to the two groups they will now be equipped to lead:

  • The RelateStrong | Couples manual for specific guidance on leading groups of married couples — most often four couples to a facilitation group.
  • The RelateStrong | Individuals manual for specific guidance on leading individuals — most often six individuals to a group.

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:

 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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