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Project Harmony

 

Project Harmony offers relationship education and skills related to success in the workplace. Participants in this program will learn effective communication strategies, gain tools to cope with stressful situations, learn to listen and be heard, and improve conflict management skills to positively impact their careers and relationships.

Project Harmony utilizes the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), an evidence- based relationship curriculum. PREP is designed to equip couples and individuals with the necessary skills to tackle conflict and daily stressors to promote and foster positive connections within their relationship. It is undeniable that expected and unexpected life stressors, such as becoming a parent, financial difficulty, and unemployment, can have an adverse effect on the success of a relationship. Within the PREP curriculum, participants learn to understand and recognize that stress is inevitable and learn skills to help manage aspects that can be controlled, such as communication and expectations. The program also explores beliefs and expectations about relationships to minimize these potential areas for conflict within the couple.

Our research shows that PREP is proven to be an effective intervention in improving relationships. Couples report increased relationship happiness, more positive communication, and less negative behavior and emotion when compared to couples who did not receive relationship education. Couples who received the PREP intervention showed greater use of communication skills, problem- solving skills, positive affect, and greater support compared to those who did not.

ALL Project Harmony workshops are provided at no cost to participants, include hot meals for each workshop, and childcare at most workshops. Additionally, each participant will receive incentives in the form of Walmart gift cards for participating.

If interested in learning more about how to enroll in Project Harmony, please contact us.

Read what our past participants say about Project Harmony here.

Funding for this project was provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: #90FM0078. These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability, or religion.

Project Harmony is classified as a research study at the University of Central Florida, UCF IRB SBE-15-11828. This study is under the direction of Dr. Sejal Barden, Principal Investigator and Dr. Dalena Dillman Taylor, Co-Principal Investigator.

Administrative Contact Information:

Telephone: 407.823.1748 | Fax: 407.823.1749 | Email: mfri@ucf.edu

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If you are interested in receiving more information about Project Harmony, please fill out the inquiry form at this link and one of our team members will be happy to contact you: http://mfri.ucf.edu/contact-us/
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UCF Marriage & Family Research Institute4 days ago
Some times the little things go unnoticed. We would like to offer you a challenge for the next two weeks.

✨ Week One: Actively look for moments when you appreciate your partner. This can be a mental note or written it down. Recognize how you feel when you have a good laugh together. Find 3 things each day to appreciate about you partner.

✨ Week Two: Continue the steps above-- but instead verbalize it in the moment. That can look like-- "You know, I appreciate you for having breakfast with me this morning knowing you were busy-- the time we spent together meant a lot to me." or to start easy "I appreciate you grabbing the snacks for the movie".

Remember to practice this challenge in a positive light. The key is to make sure the appreciation is genuine. The goal is for you to notice the times your partner shows you love from day to day.
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UCF Marriage & Family Research Institute1 week ago
This book written by The Gottman Institute is a great read for all couples no matter how far you are in your relationship journey. This book covers ways to refresh your relationship, fantastic conversation ideas, and provides prompts to stay talking and curious about one another. Try checking if your local library has this book available. Learn new and fun ways to have conversations that range in topics from money, sex, and trust. Learning something new about your partner can happen at all stages in life. 💖
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UCF Marriage & Family Research Institute1 week ago
This interesting article provided by Psychology Today states that there is new research that shows an association between experiences of personal growth on a given day and the passion individuals felt in their relationship. The article goes on to talk about how both partners should engage in shared and individual development that helps us grow together. For full context please read the article linked below.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/talking-apes/202103/does-personal-growth-benefit-relationship