Susan Barth
Marriage Education, Enrichment / Enhancement & Advocacy

Marriage education and trauma prevention – a match

Marriage education for Jewish newlywed couples can play a significant role in trauma prevention by providing them with the tools, skills, and support they need to build a strong and resilient relationship.

It can be a proactive and effective way to prevent trauma by equipping couples with the skills, knowledge, and support they need to build a healthy and resilient relationship.

Here are some ways in which marriage education can help prevent trauma for Jewish newlyweds:

Communication Skills: Marriage Education teaches couples effective communication and problem solving skills, which can help prevent misunderstandings and conflicts that can lead to trauma. By learning how to communicate openly and respectfully, couples can address issues before they escalate into traumatic experiences.

Conflict Resolution Techniques: Marriage Education provides couples with techniques for resolving conflicts in a constructive manner. This can help prevent conflicts from becoming traumatic events and can promote understanding and empathy between partners.

Stress Management Strategies: Marriage Education teaches couples how to manage stress effectively, which can reduce the likelihood of stress-related trauma. By learning how to cope with stress in healthy ways, couples can protect their relationship from the negative effects of stress.

Building Emotional Connection: Marriage Education helps couples build a strong emotional connection, which can provide a buffer against trauma. A supportive and loving relationship can help partners feel more secure and resilient in the face of challenges.

Cultural and Religious Support: For Jewish couples, Marriage Education can provide cultural and religious support that is relevant to their unique identity. This can help couples navigate cultural and religious differences, reducing the risk of trauma related to these issues.

Early Intervention: Marriage Education can serve as an early intervention for couples who may be at risk of experiencing trauma in their relationship. By addressing issues early on, couples can prevent the escalation of conflicts and the development of traumatic dynamics.

Community Support: Marriage Education often takes place in a group setting, providing couples with a supportive community of peers. This community support can help prevent feelings of isolation and helplessness that can contribute to trauma.


In these turbulent days where the incidence of trauma is so prevalent, marriage education with its focus on EDUCATION and not Therapy represents a non threatening approach to equip couples with the armor to attack the effects of trauma and become and remain beloved companions.

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About the Author
Susan (Sarah) Barth is founder and director of Israeli non profit Together in Happiness/B'Yachad B'Osher, promoting stronger, healthier marriages impacting Israeli and English speaking countries' societies. A Project Management Professional (PMP) and businesswoman from the US, Susan sponsored and chaired the First International Conference on Marriage Education in Israel (attended by over 360 professionals) in Jerusalem in memory of her parents and launched I-PREP, an innovative marriage education curriculum. On November 8, 2017, Together in Happiness co-hosted a historic Knesset seminar promoting government support for pre-marriage education
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