Family Matters Course

Family Matters Recovery Workbook: pdf docx rtf

Family Matters Leader's Manual: pdf docx rtf

Family Matters Certificate: pdf

This family wellness education course was created over a 5-year period. It is grounded in family systems and attachment theories and was originally created to be used with persons in prison. The course focuses on family as a system with unique history, culture, roles, rules, strengths, and challenges. The course teaches participants how to manage conflict, learn to act rather than react when provoked, resolve old hurts and wounds and through forgiveness bring positive peace into their relationships; particularly relationships with their children. During the course participants are asked to focus on improving one or two family relationships using experiential exercises, role plays, letter writing, and telephone calls. Course participants report a better understanding of themselves and their families at the end of the course as well as increases in self competence and self esteem. Many report improvement in important relationships, particularly relationships with children. Family healing work affects multiple relationships, and increases the possibility of healthy and productive life choices for all family members.

This course is not copyrighted. Feel free to select or adapt any part to fit your own needs. Please note in your material that it was "Adapted from L. Bell, C. Cornwell, L. Curran and S. Gaston, Family Matters (Family Wellness Education) available at"