PAIRS Foundation

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The PAIRS Foundation, Inc.
PAIRS Foundation logo.jpg
Type Non-Profit Organization
Tax ID No. 52-1327867
Founded 1983
Headquarters
  • 200 S. Park Road, Suite 455, Hollywood, FL 33021
Mission "The Mission of PAIRS is to teach those attitudes, emotional understandings and behaviors that nurture and sustain healthy relationships and to make this knowledge broadly available on behalf of a safer, saner, more loving world."
Employees 10+
Website http://www.pairs.com

The PAIRS Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation based in Broward County, Florida. The company was originally established in Virginia as PAIRS, Ltd. in 1983 and as The PAIRS Foundation, Inc. in Florida in 2000. In 2010, PAIRS, Ltd. formally merged into The PAIRS Foundation, Inc.[1]

PAIRS Foundation owns copyright to marriage and relationship education programs that are taught by instructors worldwide who are trained, certified and licensed by the foundation[2] and to the trademark, "skills for successful relationships".

Mission[edit]

PAIRS Foundation's mission is to "teach those attitudes, emotional understandings, and behaviors that nurture and sustain healthy relationships and to make this knowledge broadly available on behalf of a safer, saner, more loving world."[3]

History[edit]

The PAIRS 120-hour semester course was developed in 1975 by marriage and family therapist Lori Heyman Gordon as a graduate program for counseling students at American University in Washington, D.C.; it was one of the first comprehensive educational programs in the United States that sought to reduce marriage and family breakdown through Relationship Education.[4] The course integrated and work by Virginia Satir, Daniel Casriel, Murray Bowen, James Framo, George Bach, Gordon and others.[5]

A 1982 Washington Post article featured PAIRS as a new alternative to traditional Family Therapy.[6]

Between 1992 and 1997, Carlos Durana, Ph.D., conducted early studies on the impact of the program, many of which were published in industry journals. During that period, articles about the program appeared in Newsweek, Time, Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal and Psychology Today Gordon was also featured in interviews on CNN, NBC's Today Show, Geraldo, The Gordon Elliot Show, and CBN.[7]

The foundation began piloting intensive couples seminars, ranging from one to four days, in the late nineties. A December 1998 New Woman magazine cover story featured the first-person account of Molly and Chris Hanson.[8]

On May 9, 2000, the foundation's CEO Seth Eisenberg was a guest on ABC's Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher to discuss Florida's Marriage Preparation and Preservation Act, mandating relationship skills training in high schools and for couples applying for marriage licenses. O .[9]

In 2002, Gordon was recognized with the Impact Award of the Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education:[10]

PAIRS was awarded a $5 million federal grant in 2006 by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, to provide classes and conduct a five-year evaluation of the program's impact among English, Spanish and French/Creole-speaking couples and singles in Florida's Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.[11]

In November 2010, PAIRS was featured in a Time magazine cover story by Belinda Luscombe, "Who Needs Marriage?"[12] Another Time Magazine story that month featured a PAIRS iPhone App and questioned, "Can an iPhone App Save Your Marriage?"[13]

In October 2012, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Health Administration featured PAIRS in an article about helping Veterans strengthen "their most significant relationships":

"The Department of Veterans Affairs is trying a new path to caring for and healing the nation’s wounded Veterans. Now, in addition to repairing their damaged bodies and minds, VA is going one step further and helping to repair their crumbling intimate relationships."[14]

Also in October 2012, PAIRS Foundation's collaboration with the San Diego VA Healthcare System was recognized with the "Spirit of Planetree Award" for the program's impact strengthening relationships between "family, friends and social supports as a central component of patient-centered care."[15][16]

In a joint effort with the Department of Veterans Affairs Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation Initiative, PAIRS Foundation published the PAIRS Essentials VA Program Support Guide in January 2013.[17]

The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation produced a video in May 2014 promoting the Warrior to Soul Mate program, supported by the PAIRS curriculum, as a valuable component of VA's efforts to promote health and wellness.[18]

Operation Sacred Trust[edit]

In September 2011, the foundation's Operation Sacred Trust initiative, launched in collaboration with Carrfour Supportive Housing, Henderson Behavioral Health, and Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida, was awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Supportive Services for Veteran Families ("SSVF"), to help end homelessness for Veteran families in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. An additional $1 million was awarded in September 2012.[19] Two November 11, 2012 articles featured Operation Sacred Trust as a new model for ending homelessness for veterans.[20][21] On November 12, 2012, a CBS News story featured Operation Sacred Trust.[22]

Curricula[edit]

"PAIRS Essentials" is a nine-hour curriculum delivered in a group setting, with a PAIRS Instructor, often over a weekend, or in several weekly class sessions.[23] "PAIRS For Our Future, For Our Family" is a 30-hour curriculum d ”[24] "PAIRS Mastery Course" is a 120-hour, semester-long curriculum delivered over four to seven months.[25]

Studies[edit]

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  • A 1994 article in the Journal of Family Psychotherapy evaluated the impact of PAIRS use of "bonding and emotional expressiveness." [26]
  • A 1995 article in the Journal of Couples Therapy explored the "effect change in couple relationships using a skill building psycho-educational group format."[27]
  • In 1996, Family Therapy published "A Longitudinal Evaluation of the Effectiveness of PAIRS Psychoeducational Program for Couples." [28]
  • Also in 1996, the American Journal of Family Therapy published studies on "bonding and emotional reeducation of couples in PAIRS training."[29]
  • In 1997, The Family Journal published "Enhancing Marital Intimacy through Psychoeducation."[30]
  • In 1999, PAIRS was featured as a model of an "integrated psychoeducational approach" to preventing marital breakdown.[31]
  • In 2011, the "Relationship Education Impact Reports," a comprehensive investigation of a five-year federally funded marriage and relationship education demonstration and research project by Peluso, Eisenberg and Schindler for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.[32][33]
  • A 2012 MDRC study evaluated the impact of four educational programs, including PAIRS, on the relationships of low-income couples.[34]

Services[edit]

  • PAIRS Foundation provides certification training to behavioral health professionals, clergy, and others to teach PAIRS classes.[35][36]
  • PAIRS LIcensed instructors offer classes throughout the United States and in several international locations.[37][38]
  • The Foundation also provides direct services to Veterans in South Florida through Operation Sacred Trust,[39] an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program.[40]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Florida Department of State
  2. ^ PAIRS Instructors
  3. ^ PAIRS Mission
  4. ^ Gordon, Lori Heyman. "Passage to Intimacy", Fireside Books, 1993.
  5. ^ DeMaria, Rita. "Building Intimate Relationships", "The Saga of PAIRS." Routledge, December 2002.
  6. ^ McNees, Pat. "Can This Marriage Be Saved," Washington Post, November 29, 1982.
  7. ^ Gordon, Lori Heyman. "If You Really Loved Me", Science and Behavior, Palo Alto (1997).
  8. ^ Hanson, Molly. "PAIRS Marriage Makeover," New Woman Magazine, December 1998
  9. ^ - TV Guide, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher
  10. ^ PAIRS History
  11. ^ Falciglia, Amanda. "Study offers hope for marriages, families, and jobs," FatherhoodChannel.com, April 14, 2010
  12. ^ Luscombe, Belinda. "Who Needs Marriage," Time Magazine, November 18, 2010
  13. ^ Luscombe, Belinda. "Can an iPhone App Save Your Marriage," Time Magazine, November 1, 2010
  14. ^ Peterson, Hans. "Relationship Retreats: From Warriors to Soul Mates," Veterans Health Administration, October 18, 2012
  15. ^ Henthorn, Robert. "PAIRS Collaboration with VA Recognized with Prestigious 2012 Spirit of Planetree Award," FatherhoodChannel.com, October 4, 2012
  16. ^ 2012 Planetree Program Awards, Human Interactions/Independence, Dignity and Choice.
  17. ^ PAIRS Essentials VA Program Support Guide, January 2013
  18. ^ U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation. "Health for Life: Strengthening Relationships through the Warrior to Soul Mate Program," Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, May 2014
  19. ^ U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Supportive Services for Veteran Families website
  20. ^ Lilly, Christiana (11 November 2012). "Operation Sacred Trust Combats Veteran Homelessness In South Florida With $1 Million Grant ‏". Huffington Post. 
  21. ^ Berman-Eisenberg, Stephanie (11 November 2012). "A step forward for homeless vets". Miami Herald. 
  22. ^ Newland, Maggie (12 November 2012). "Miami Man Turns Life Around, Gives Back to Fellow Veterans". CBS Miami. 
  23. ^ PAIRS Essentials Overview
  24. ^ Henthorn, Robert. "National Study Shows Strong Consumer Satisfaction with Marriage and Relationship Education Classes," Fatherhood Channel, October 17, 2012
  25. ^ PAIRS Classes for Couples
  26. ^ Durana, Carlos. "The Use of Bonding and Emotional Expressiveness in the PAIRS Training: A Psychoeducational Approach for couples," (1994). Journal of Family Psychotherapy, Vol. 5(2).
  27. ^ Turner, Lynn and Gordon, Lori. "PAIRS: An Integrative Approach to Intimate Relationship Change Through a Psychoeducational Program," Journal of Couples Therapy, Vol. 5, Iss. 1-2, 1995
  28. ^ Durana, Carlos. "A Longitudinal Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the PAIRS Psychoeducational Program for Couples" (1996). Family Therapy. Vol. 23 (1).
  29. ^ Durana, Carlos. "Bonding and Emotional Reeducation of Couples in the P.A.I.R.S. Training: Part I and Part II" (1996). American Journal of Family Therapy.
  30. ^ Durana, Carlos. "Enhancing Marital Intimacy through Psychoeducation" (1997). The Family Journal, Vol. 5(3).
  31. ^ Durana, Carlos. "Integrated Psychoeducational Approach," (1999) The Intimate Couple.
  32. ^ Peluso, Paul; Eisenberg Seth; Schindler, Rachel. "Relationship Education Impact Reports," PAIRS Foundation for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, September 2011
  33. ^ Relationship Education Impact Reports, PAIRS Foundation for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, September 2011
  34. ^ Knox, Virginia, et al. "The Supporting Healthy Marriage Evaluation: Early Impacts on Low-Income Families," MDRC, New York, NY, March, 2012
  35. ^ PAIRS Training
  36. ^ PAIRS Level One Training Overview
  37. ^ PAIRS Classes
  38. ^ PAIRS Essentials Curriculum Overview
  39. ^ Operation Sacred Trust
  40. ^ Henthorn, Robert. "Initiative Aims to End Homelessness for Veteran Families". FatherhoodChannel.com, August 4, 2011

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Casriel, Daniel (1976). A Scream Away from Happiness. New York: Grosset & Dunlap. ASIN B003A1JRCI. 
  • DeMaria, Rita (2002). Building Intimate Relationships. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-1583910764. 
  • Eisenberg, Seth; PAIRS Foundation (2012). Creating We Couples. Florida: PAIRS Foundation. p. 56. ISBN 978-0-9854278-0-1. 
  • Eisenberg, Seth; PAIRS Foundation (2007). PAIRS Essentials. Florida: PAIRS Foundation. p. 72. ISBN 0985427817. 
  • Gordon, Lori (1997). If You Really Loved Me. Palo Alto: Science and Behavior Books. ISBN 0831400862. 
  • Gordon, Lori (1993). Passage to Intimacy. New York: Fireside Books. ISBN 0671795961. 
  • Satir, Virginia (1988). The New Peoplemaking. Palo Alto, CA: Science and Behavior Books. ISBN 0-8314-0070-6.