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.