Proactive couples take pre-marital course

9 Aug 2011 | Cpl. Miranda Blackburn

The Midway Park Marine Corps Family Team Building office aboard the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune housing area held a “Before ‘I Do’” marriage workshop for proactive couples, Aug. 4 and 5.

The two-day, skills-based workshop was held for couples who wanted to build a stronger relationship with their significant other.

The course focused on topics including enhancing communication and problem-solving skills, the difference in life views between men and women, keeping fun in the relationship, expressing concerns constructively and examining hidden issues and expectations.

“We want to create a marriage that is thriving, exciting, vibrant, where you love being married to that person,” said Breck Bregel, a life skills program trainer, Marine Corps Community Services. “One of the things that keep it thriving is doing things together and sharing life together.”

The classes are encouraged for couples who have been married for three years or less, engaged or even in a serious relationship. Free child care is available with the required advanced registration.

The workshop included group exercises, open discussions and time for couples to discuss each strategy learned. They also learned new methods of problem solving.

Each couple received a folder full of workbooks and information on how to have a successful relationship and other materials to help couples maintain a healthy relationship.

The workshops are given at bases across the U.S. as a relationship enhancer or a preparation course for those planning on getting married.

Couples gain a greater understanding of one another, while learning how to protect and strengthen their love for each other, setting them on the course for marital success.

For more information on future workshops and schedules, call the MCFTB office at 451-0176 or visit the MCCS website at for a schedule of upcoming classes.