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More than 99 percent of PAIRS graduates recommend the program

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Creating a safer, saner, more loving world.

Practical Skills for Successful Relationships™

True Intimacy

True intimacy is a requirement of successful relationships. Lifelong partnerships, which were once based on security, stability, and raising children, now depend on sustained interpersonal connection and equality. Today, marriages are an enduring source of love, intimacy, and companionship.

Research Validated

Independent research has demonstrated that PAIRS works for all groups under all circumstances evaluated.

Modern Approach

PAIRS is a modern response to our rapidly changing society that supports relationships of all kinds and promotes loving communities.

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PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills) believes that nurturing and sustaining healthy relationships is possible for all with the right curriculum. Our mission is to make this knowledge widely available to promote a safer, saner, and more loving world.

We foster partnerships with other organizations who share our mission to educate individuals, couples and families on what healthy relationships look like. If your organization is looking to adopt a curriculum that fosters lasting change, the PAIRS curriculum is strong, and it works.

Read on to discover more about what PAIRS can offer.
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Who We Are

PAIRS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 1983. Our flagship 120-hour PAIRS program was first developed by marriage and family therapist Dr. Lori Heyman Gordon as a semester-long graduate program for future counselors at American University in Washington, D.C.  With the contributions of psychologist Virginia Satir, one of the founders of family therapy, psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Casriel, and clinical psychologist Dr. George R. Bach, she continued working to refine, validate, and expand the range of PAIRS programs.

We recognize that relationships can be hard to maintain. That’s why our professionals teach instructors about the emotional intelligence necessary to sustain healthy relationships. This requires the delivery of evidence-based best practices that are easily integrated into daily life.

PAIRS Foundation’s collaboration with Purpose Built Families Foundation allows for the support of research, education, and related charitable activities that combat intergenerational poverty. This is done by strengthening relationships within and among families, thus building resilient neighborhoods and communities.

Programs are offered to the public led by PAIRS trained instructors, who are licensed health care professionals, certified clergy, lay leaders, and educators, trained under the auspices of the nonprofit Purpose Built Families Foundation, which officially oversees PAIRS programs, products, and licensing worldwide. There are trainers and facilitators around the world.

PAIRS Foundation conducts ongoing research to assure programs for the public and professionals consistently deliver the highest quality, research validated, processes that offer the greatest opportunity for participants to achieve their individual and collective goals. PAIRS also requires instructors to strictly adhere to extensive ethical practices and licensing requirements.
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What We Do

Since 1983, PAIRS has helped create a safer, saner, more loving world through experiential, research-validated relationship skills training programs for singles and couples of all ages, backgrounds, and stages of life and relationship.

PAIRS Essentials Classes

PAIRS Essentials is the PAIRS Foundation’s flagship program. These classes range in length from one day to multiple weeks and are even offered as retreats. They are designed to create positive, enduring shifts in the quality and resilience of relationships, whether intimate or non-intimate. PAIRS Essentials also supports the Department of Veterans Affairs Warrior to Soul Mate program.

 

Specialized Programs

Specialized curricula serve unique audiences. PAIRS for PEERS is a relationship skills training program for children and youth offered through schools, churches, and community organizations. PAIRS programs are integrated in Christian, Muslim and Jewish institutions; military programs help Army, Navy, Marine, Guard, and Air Force families boost relationship strength and resilience.


PAIRS Tool Box

PAIRS approach to relationships is built on practical, usable tools for success that are easily accessible and learnable. PAIRS tools provide outlets to express the range of feelings conflict resolution skills that get to the root instead of just symptoms. Graduates are better communicators and problem solvers, including confiding, listening with empathy, asking for change, and eliminating unsafe fighting.


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