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Strengthening Couples’ Relationships – The HRMET (part 2)

April 29, 2022 @ 5:49 pm CDT


About this Episode:

In this episode, Dr. Karen Shirer and Dr. Jenny Rea have the privilege of chatting with Dr. Ted Futris, Extension Family Life Specialist and Georgia Athletic Association Professor at the University of Georgia. 

This conversation builds upon the first episode, in which we discussed the National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Model (NERMEM). Be sure to go back and listen to part one before listening to this episode, part two. This episode centers around the Healthy Relationship and Marriage EducationTraining or HRMET. HRMET was designed to increase child welfare professionals’ access to relationship and marriage education. The project yielded a research-based, national training resource and curriculum that all professionals who work with families can use to promote the development of healthy couple relationships. This episode concludes by highlighting the numerous interactive modules and sharing examples of how they can be used with military-connected individuals and families. 

Key Takeaways from Part 2:

The Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education (HRMET) program integrates the elements of the NERMEM into a set of resources and tools for professionals, and for the individuals and families that they serve.  

HRMET modules have been developed to prepare professionals to teach healthy relationship skills. The modules provide a menu of video and printed tools for service providers; they also work very well in providing support for military families’ relationships.

Examples of how to use the tools in your work with military couples as well as how it can be applied to other aspects of family and professional life are provided. You’ll even get to practice mindfulness by listening to this episode! 

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Guest Bio:

Ted FutrisDr. Ted G. Futris is an Extension Family Life Specialist and Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences, in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia. Dr. Futris provides statewide and national leadership for Extension programs in family life, with a particular focus on couples and relationship enrichment across the lifespan (

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Contact Information:    [email protected]u

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

Futris, T.G., Mallette, J., & Schramm, D. (2016). Making the Link between Strengthening Families and Relationship and Marriage Education. Center for the Study of Social Policy. Washington, DC. Available at

The Gottman Institute:

Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education (HRMET)

National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Model (NERMEM)

OneOp Resources:

A Close Look at Relationships: Supporting Military Couples (series)

Strengthening Couples’ Relationships – The NERMEM (part 1), podcast

Strengthening Couples’ Relationships – ELEVATE (part 3), podcast

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense under Award Number 2019-48770-30366. 


April 29, 2022
5:49 pm CDT
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A Close Look at Relationships: Supporting Military Couples