About the Program

About the ProgramFIT Relationships is a program that provides several workshops that teach communication, parenting and financial literacy education in a format that is informative, practical and enjoyable!

FIT was created with the goal of increasing the number of strong and fulfilling relationships between committed partners and ultimately strengthening families and improving the lives of children.

The instructors teach couples how to build and reinforce intimate and lasting bonds through better communication, management of conflict, and identifying how to properly handle emotions that can lead to unhealthy, unsatisfying or potentially destructive relationships.

Offered in a Variety of Formats
FIT Relationships can be offered in a variety of lengths, settings, and formats. Our aim is to provide the flexibility in delivery, time, and language as needed to match the needs of the community we’re serving. The facilitators are experts in their field and have vast experience creating lively discussions that promote open and honest dialogue, all within a confidential environment.

How FIT Got Started
In 2006, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families awarded the Granato Group’s Federal Leadership Institute a Healthy Marriage Demonstration grant to implement its FIT Relationships Program within northern Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland.

Based on Research
The FIT Relationships program was developed by instructional design experts for culturally diverse adult learners with varied learning styles. It’s based on research from leading marriage researchers and educators.

FIT Relationships is based on family systems theory. Unlike typical psychological approaches which focus on the individual, Family Systems Theory encourages people to think of issues (e.g. marital conflict, addiction, acting-out children or teenagers, difficult relationships, anger problems, depression, etc.) in terms of a multigenerational family or a “system.” This approach encourages people to move away from blaming others and towards individual responsibility. It leads people to ask the question: “What can I do to help create change?” instead of waiting for, or demanding that, their partner change.

Based on this approach, FIT Relationships operates on the belief that one person in a relationship can make important changes that may impact his/her partner to make changes in response. This is like the domino effect and offers hope and encouragement for individuals who cannot convince their partner to attend the marriage workshop with them. In addition to being grounded in Family Systems Theory, FIT Relationships incorporates techniques from several other interpersonal therapy approaches to create lasting and permanent behavior change:

  • Solution-focused therapy
  • Structural family therapy
  • Experiential therapy
  • Emotionally focused therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapies