Marriage and family therapists Dennis and Emily Lowe to come to ACU to offer marriage enrichment opportunities

For Immediate Release
Jan. 18, 2001

For more information contact:

Tom Craig, Director of Media and Community Relations

Jennifer Ham, ACU's Department of Continuing Education
(915) 674-2979

Jan. 29 through Feb 2 has been proclaimed Marriage and Family Week at Abilene Christian University, and while several activities will take place, the pinnacle of the week will be two community events Feb. 1 and Feb. 2.

The university's Department of Continuing Education is bringing Dennis and Emily Lowe of Pepperdine University to Abilene. 

On Thursday, Feb. 1, the Lowes will conduct a free community lecture titled "Bringing Out the Best in Your Spouse" from 7 to 9 p.m. in ACU's Hart Auditorium in the College of Biblical Studies building. No registration is required for this lecture.

On Friday, Feb. 2, the Lowes will speak at a community luncheon in the Hilton Room in ACU's McGlothin Campus Center. Their presentation is titled "Four Habits of Highly Ineffective Couples." The luncheon will start at noon, conclude at 1:30 p.m. and cost $15. Continuing education credits are available upon request. To register for the luncheon, call (915) 674-2979.

These opportunities are designed for church leaders, counselors, marriage and family therapists, engaged and married coupled. The Lowes also will conduct two special sessions on Friday, Feb. 2, one geared specifically for ministers and counselors and the other geared to marriage and family therapists.

The session for ministers and counselors will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, in the Living Room of ACU's McGlothlin Campus Center. The presentation is titled "Mentoring to Engaged and Newlywed Couples in Local Churches," and the cost is $15. Continuing education credits are available upon request.

The session for marriage and family therapists will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, in the Living of ACU's McGlothlin Campus Center. The presentation is titled "A Proven Model for Preventing Divorce and Strengthening Marriage: Christian PREP." This session costs $69, and LPC and MFT continuing education credits are available.

Christian PREP is the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program, an approach that teaches engaged and married couples how to:

  • communicate effectively,
  • work as a team to solve problems,
  • manage conflicts without damaging closeness, and
  • preserve and enhance love, commitment and friendship.

To register for those sessions, call (915) 674-2979.

The Lowes have been married for 25 years and have two children. They have taught marriage enrichment seminars in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Germany and Italy. They have counseled couples all over the United States.

Dennis earned a master's degree in psychology form Pepperdine University and a doctorate degree in marriage and family from Florida State University. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist as well as a licensed psychologist. He teaches psychology and marriage and family therapy classes at Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. He also directs the Center for the Family at Pepperdine and occupies the M. Norvel and Helen Young Endowed Chair of Family Life.

Emily earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Tennessee and a doctorate degree in child development from Florida State University. She is a licensed clinical social worker, a therapist in the counseling center and an instructor of human development at Pepperdine.


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