the Third Option

Building healthy marriages in central Indiana

Spring Session 2017
Thursdays at 7pm Guerin Catholic 15300 Gray Road, Noblesville

About the Third Option

What is the Third Option Program?

The Third Option is an on-going skills based group program to build better marriages. Each 14 session cycle covers a comprehensive set of tools useful for developing better understanding, sensitivity and trust while learning more effective speaking and listening skills. It is designed for all married couples and can be used both as marriage enrichment or crisis intervention. For hurting couples, who see only two options painful endurance or divorce, The Third Option means reconciliation.

When couples are struggling they will say they have “tried everything” but what they usually mean is they have tried the same two extreme options over and over, never finding what works. (Example: they have stuffed their anger, or they have attacked with it. Neither will give them the marriages they want.)

The THIRD OPTION is the middle healthy ground. The Third Option combines skill-building workshops with sharing from mentor couples and a support group component. The atmosphere is warm and caring.

Why try the Third Option?

Many of us manage marriage as a series of choices between “his way” and “her way”, between “peace at any price” and “letting it all hang out.” Because they tend to move us to extremes, these options don’t bring us together. With The Third Option you can learn how to break through the clutter of past baggage and misunderstandings resulting in a more effective loving relationship.

What if my marriage is already good?

Many couples assume that their marriage is strong and effective. They don’t value spending time to ensure that it grows better. Even the best marriages become frayed or unraveled from the stress of jobs, kids, parents or health. Developing the right skills is the best way that even a good marriage grows better.


Join us Thursdays at 7pm throughout the spring

Date Topic
April 20 Building a Climate of Respect
April 27 Responsibility and the Blame Game
May 4 Understanding Expectations
May 11 Redefining the Power Struggle
May 18 Control Issues
May 25 Listening Beyond the Words
June 1 Personality Differences
June 8 Childhood Issues and Emotional Baggage
June 15 Handling Anger Constructively
June 22 Speaking the Truth in Love
June 29 How to Fight Fair and Conflict Resolution
July 13 Feelings and the Hurt Spiral
July 20 Forgiveness and Repair
July 27 Rebuilding Trust


Guerin Catholic High School

15300 N. Gray Road * Noblesville IN * 46062

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