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Scream Free: Workshop teaches healthy relationship technique

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Published: March 21, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 21, 2016) -- Communication is a key component to healthy relationships, and couples have the opportunity to gain new knowledge and tools during an upcoming workshop.

Fort Rucker Army Community Service presents a ScreamFree Marriage workshop March 28, March 30 and April 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Munson Heights community center.

“The focus of this workshop is strengthening your marriage through ScreamFree Marriage techniques,” Luticia Trimble-Smith, ACS Family Advocacy Program manager, said. “The main concept is calming down, growing up and getting closer.”

The program is free to Soldiers and their partners. However, Trimble-Smith said, the class could also benefit couples who aren’t married or even in a relationship. She added that everyone is welcome to register and attend.

“They don’t have to be married to attend the workshop or even currently in a relationship,” she said. “These techniques can be useful in any current or future relationships, not just marriage.”

Attendees are asked to bring their own lunch. Free daycare will be provided and lunches may be stored in a refrigerator at the community center. The deadline to register is March 24.

According to Trimble-Smith, all couples can benefit from the workshop.

“This workshop is for anyone – whether there are major issues or not,” she said. “There is always an opportunity for growth and improvement.

“The class also focuses on becoming more connected with your spouse, not just on negative things that need to be changed,” she added.

According to Trimble-Smith, techniques covered in the workshop include how to take responsibility for one’s own behavior, as well as how to calm down, grow up and get connected with one’s spouse.

The workshop will be taught by certified ScreamFree trainers, Katie Duncan from FAP and Traci Dunlap from the Army Substance Abuse Program.

Attendees will be able to eat their lunch while they work through the ScreamFree marriage chapters, according to Trimble-Smith. Each day will cover three to four chapters in the ScreamFree Marriage workbook.

“ScreamFree Marriage workshops started in 2012 and families continue to call and ask for the ScreamFree workshop,” Trimble-Smith said. “I think much of its success comes from the non-blaming, open discussion among other couples in the workshop.

“It provides support to married couples and educates them on different ways to interact,” she added. “It gives them alternatives to ‘screaming,’ even if their screaming is actually silence.”

Trimble-Smith said attendees need nothing more than their lunch, an open mind and a willingness to do some work outside of the classroom.

For more information or to register, call 255-9644 or 255-3898.

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