Category Archives: Marriage Podcasts

Gay Marriage Today

In what areas are straight and gay marriage very different and where are they the same? What has changed the most over the years?

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Dick’s guests are Reverend Eldonna Hazen, Minister of the  First Congregational United Church of Christ and performs pre-marital counseling as part of her duties, and Dr. Dennis Christoffersen, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and also at Child & Family Psychological Services. Each of them are in long term committed same sex    relationships and have children aged from pre-school to adulthood.

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When Your Life Partner is Troubled

What is the impact on one partner when the other has mental health issues? How do you deal with a depressed, anxious or addicted mate? Lauren Papp, Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is Dick’s guest.

For more information about Professor Papp, please visit mywebspace.wisc.edu/papp/web

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Secrets

Are secrets always a bad idea or is it sometimes wise to keep them locked away? Dick’s guest, Dr. Tamara Affifi is an expert in family communications and has researched and written on the subject of privacy, secrets, disclosure and avoidance. She is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa.

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Premarital Counseling by Clergy

Exploring the benefits of examining the strengths and challenges of an impending marriage with your clergy. Is it a must or can the truly happy couple just head to the altar?

Dick’s guests are Reverend Michael Schuler, longtime senior minister of one of the largest Unitarian Universalist congregations in America and Reverend Eldonna Hazen, newly called senior minister of the First Congregational United Church of Christ.

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Loneliness

What really is it? Who is most vulnerable to suffer from it? When does it become a serious problem? What can be done about it? Dick’s guest, Dr. Jackson Rainer co-author of “Isolated and Alone: Therapeutic Interventions for Loneliness” helps us better understand this universal experience.

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The “Good” Divorce

While divorce always involves loss, stress and pain, there are techniques and ideas that can buffer these issues, as well as make a favorable long term outcome more likely. Psychologist, researcher and lecturer Dr. Ken Waldron shares his experience and knowledge from 30 years in this field.

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Successful Dating: 10 Vital Tips

In this to-the-point 15 minute podcast Dick shares ten tips that will increase your chances of finding a great life partner. The ideas are the basis of a workshop offered to students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Premarital Counseling

Why do it? Who should get it? How do marriage counselors work compared to clergy? Dr. Don Ferguson, author of “Reptiles in Love”, long term couples’ counselor and premarital workshop leader shares his knowledge and experience.

For more information about Dr. Ferguson, please visit inrelationships.com

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Drug and Alcohol Use Among Young Adults

How common is binge drinking? How problematic is marijuana and other drug use at this age? When does recreational use of drugs and alcohol slide into abuse? What treatments are most helpful?

Dick’s guest Shelly Dutch has 28 years of experience helping this population. She is the Founder and Director of Connections Counseling, a large private agency that focuses on young adults struggling with addiction.

For more information on Connections Counseling, please visit connectionscounseling.com

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The Art of Networking

Tips and techniques to help expand your personal and professional connections and enhance your life.

Dick’s guest, Joan Gillman shares her ideas from the seminars she has authored and given on networking and from her time as Director of the UW Small Business Development Center.

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