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Creating Your Ideal Relationship

This is an archived eCourse. Once you purchase the course, you will have access to all lessons and materials.

creating your ideal relationship ecourse

“While many of us believe we would like to be in love, we face many hurdles in taking the actions that allow love to flow freely throughout our lives and relationships.”

−Dr. Lisa Firestone
  • In a 75-year study, one of the longest-running longitudinal studies of human development, Harvard researchers uncovered the one true key to a happy existence: love. Lead researcher Dr. George Vaillant even concluded that relationships are the only thing that really matters. He wrote that there are two essential ingredients to a happy and fulfilling life: “One is love. The other is finding a way of coping with life that does not push love away.”

    Many of us may be unsurprised that science would back something we all sensed within our hearts. However, most people find it difficult to develop and sustain a loving, fulfilling relationship, and many couples struggle with fears of intimacy and closeness. People do lifelong training in so many things, yet somehow, there is this backward belief that we don’t have to work at being a loving person; it should just come naturally. In this multimedia workshop, Dr. Lisa Firestone will guide you on an enlightening journey that explores what it means to become a loving person and the actions that go into making love last a lifetime.

    Learning to love means becoming more mindful and aware of the ways we defend ourselves against painful childhood experiences, creating barriers in our current relationships to optimal loving. In this progressive six-week course, participants will gain insights and learn invaluable relationship-building tools through features that include: videos from psychology experts, interactive presentations, self-reflective journal exercises, live Q and A sessions and reading assignments. They will learn methods for overcoming the barriers that lie within and enhance their capacity for loving and being loved.

    In this course, you will learn tools to develop yourself in your relationships. These include:
    1. Defining Love
    2. Understanding Partner Selection
    3. Recognizing How and Why We Defend Against Love
    4. Identifying and “Challenging Your Critical Inner Voice”
    5. Distinguishing Real Love From a Fantasy Bond
    6. Becoming More Loving


    All course materials will be made available online for individuals to tune-in at their own pace, including:

    Weekly in-depth multimedia presentations


    Videos from expert psychologists


    Self-reflective journal exercises and quizzes 


    Enlightening reading assignments


    Interactive forums


    Live Q & A session



  • Dr. Lisa Firestone is the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association. An accomplished and much requested lecturer, Dr. Firestone speaks at national and international conferences in the areas of couple relations, parenting, and suicide and violence prevention. Dr. Firestone has published numerous professional articles, and most recently was the co-author of Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships(APA Books, 2006), Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice (New Harbinger, 2002),Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy (APA Books, 2003) and The Self Under Siege (Routledge, 2012).


  • Do I have to attend the eCourse at certain times? Are the presentations live?

    This is an archived eCourse, so all of the lessons and materials are available for you to view (or review) at your convenience. You can log on anytime you choose and watch the presentations at the times that are the best for you. The only live elements of the live course were the Q & A Sessions, which have been recorded and are available for you to watch on the eCourse website. 

    Is there an interactive element to the course? Can you interact with classmates and the teacher?

    Students can interact with one another in the discussion forums. Each week, the instructor posts questions to spark discussions and students are encouraged to post their own questions, as well. There is more interaction during the live eCourse, but you are welcome to use the discussion forums for an archived course, as well. 

    Are Continuing Education credits (CEs) offered for this course?

    No, there are no CEs offered for this course. 

    I am having trouble accessing my course. What should I do?

    Email us at info@psychalive.org and we will be happy to help you. 

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