Parenting Training and NARME Conference

  1. Parenting Training – Save the date now if you are interested in becoming a parenting educator. On June 11, 2015 the STEP program (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) will be offering a one-day introductory training in Chicago. The training is conducted by one of the original developers of the STEP program, as well as several other expert parenting trainers. Contact Us for more information for more information on how to become a parent educator. 
  2. NARME Conference – NARME stands for the National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education. This annual conference for relationship educators will be held in Atlanta, June 15-17, 2015. If you want to learn about the field of relationship education, hear national experts firsthand, network with other relationship educators, learn about what's being done in other cities and states, or just immerse yourself in the programs, people, books, and resources, this is the conference to go to. Look up NARME online to read about all the activities, and to register.


Duane Nelson

Born and raised in the Minneapolis, Duane is a Marriage and Family Therapist who has made his home in Rochester for the last 25 years. Duane has been married for 33 years to his wife, Cathy. The two met while doing music at the same church in Minneapolis. Duane and Cathy have two adult daughters, and the family love to travel and play cribbage together. Duane plays guitar and percussion, and the couple still make music together. Duane enjoys gardening, cookouts, hiking, reading, downhill skiing, and hanging out with friends. Duane holds three graduate degrees, two mental health licenses, and two major counseling certifications. He has worked professionally for 37 years in addiction treatment, mental health, clinical social work, pastoral counseling, and marriage and family therapy. Duane is widely regarded as an expert in marriage and family therapy. Following his retirement from Mayo Clinic, Duane founded Healthy Relationships Rochester. This innovative organization is based on developing the concept of Relationship Intelligence through teaching and disseminating best-practice relationship education and skill training programs in a variety of non-clinical settings.