Relationship Enrichment Series Aimed At Helping Couples

By Ben Boulden

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Couples Center is hosting a four-week relationship enrichment series, designed to help couples make their bond stronger, happier and healthier. The series will be held Feb. 18 and 25 and March 3 and 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the UAMS Lobby Gallery. The cost is $250 per couple.

Parking is free and light snacks will be provided. To register, visit For more information, call 501-526-8100 or e-mail the Couples Center at

The sessions will be led by Chelsea Wakefield, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., director of the Couples Center and nationally recognized psychotherapist and author, who is highly trained in helping with problems related to relationships.

The topics of the sessions are “The Dance of Two – Relationship as a Path of Personal Growth,” “How to Communicate Needs and Desires in Ways that Engage Rather than Alienate,” “Working Through Sexual Difficulties – Exploring the Mystery of Desire” and “Meaningful Connection – How to Get There and Stay There.”

“This workshop is for a couple at any stage of relationship. It will help couples who are struggling and deepen the fulfillment in couples who are currently happy,” said Wakefield. “Sometimes couples get stuck in power struggles and can’t seem to find their way out. This series will help couples move out of various gridlocks and build a meaningful connection. We can all improve our relationship skills and deepen our capacity for loving and being loved.”

UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS’ clinical enterprise including its hospital, regional clinics and clinics it operates or staffs in cooperation with other providers. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report named UAMS Medical Center the state’s Best Hospital; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide; and named six areas as high performing — cancer, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. UAMS has 2,727 students, 870 medical residents and five dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Childrens Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on FacebookTwitterYouTube or Instagram.