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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 Institute23 hours ago
"The number of people privately dealing with mental health issues will stun you. It’s why alumni Brandon and Michi Marshall launched Project 375 — to make mental health the most important topic of conversation you have today.” Check out this article from the Pegasus Magazine highlighting the work that Project 375 is doing to spread awareness and decrease stigma of mental illness.

https://www.ucf.edu/pegasus/we-need-to-talk/
UCF Marriage & Family Research Institute
UCF Marriage & Family Research Institute3 days ago
Check out this interesting article about awareness by Dr. Dan Siegel on The Gottman Institute’s Blog! Increasing awareness and mindfulness can help you handle stressful situations. Learn more about these relaxation techniques in our workshops! Call (407) 823-1748 or visit us at www.mfri.ucf.edu today!

https://www.gottman.com/blog/aware-the-science-and-practice-of-presence/
UCF Marriage & Family Research Institute
UCF Marriage & Family Research Institute7 days ago
It is important to understand one’s own feelings about emotions, and to learn that self-understanding comes from recognizing one’s own feelings. Read more about how emotional intelligence impacts parenting in this article and call us for more information about our workshops at (407) 823-1748!

https://www.gottman.com/blog/emotional-intelligence-creates-loving-supportive-parenting/