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Over 50% of families in the United States are remarried or recoupled and nearly 1,300 new stepfamilies are created every single day. Beyond the normal stresses and pressures on any marriage and family, second marriages fail at almost twice the rate of first time unions. This foundational course in blended family coaching addresses many of the core issues also while offering practical and biblical solutions.

Session 1: When Things First Seemed Broken: A Framework and Five Critical Factors

Session 2: Separation, Distress, and Reunion: Ten Principles of Attachment in Blended Families

Session 3: Keys for Stepdads: Life Lessons Learned Along the Way

Session 4: First Comes Marriage: Creating the Right Foundation for a Healthy Family

Session 5: The Love that was Already There: Blending Into an Existing Family

Session 6: Relationship Before Rules: When Step-parenting is the Introduction to Parenting 

Session 7: Broken Bonds in the Family: Understanding the Nature of Grief and Loss

Session 8: Before Saying, “I Do:” What I Wish Someone Had Told Me about Being a Blended Family

Session 9: The Role of the Biological Parent: Setting Your Spouse Up for Successful Step-parenting 

Session 10: Bringing it Real: A Blended Family Conversation and Putting it All Together 

Tim Smith

Tim Smith, MA, has over 35 years of experience with nonprofit organizations in administration, management, leadership, and fund development. He has also served as a Development Officer in nonprofit organizations and Executive Pastor for two megachurches. Tim recently served as Chief Development Officer for the Museum of the Bible and is the Founder and President of NonProfit DNA, a development and consulting agency. Together with his daughter, Christie Meldrim, Tim is the Founder of Blended, Not Broken, a ministry organization providing resources for blended families. He is married to Olivia and they share a total of six children. Tim is the author of Donors Are People Too: Managing Relationships with Your Ministry’s Major Contributors, a book on the art of personal relationship with donors, and What Have I Gotten Myself Into, released in 2019. For more, see http://blendednotbroken.org/

Christie Meldrim

Christie Meldrim, MA, has been in church ministry for 15 years and currently works as the Guest Services Director at West Ridge Church in Dallas, Georgia. Most recently, Christie served as the Creative Arts Project Manager at West Ridge where she managed all communications, media, and production requests for the church. She received a degree in Student Ministry from Colorado Christian University. She currently lives in Dallas, Georgia, with her husband Mark and is stepmom to Alexis, Dillon, Libbie, and Leeann. See more at: www.blendednotbroken.org

Grant Wood

Grant Wood, MS, MA, is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist (LCMFT) and the owner and Clinical Director of Resonate Relationship Clinic, LLC, in Overland Park, Kansas. Resonate is a multi-specialty mental health practice serving over 4,000 individuals and families annually in the greater Kansas City area. Grant works with individuals, couples, and families in the areas of emotional, relational, social, and spiritual development. He has completed advanced training in Enneagram Psychology, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy. He specializes in premarital and marital enrichment, men’s issues, blended families, and spiritual formation. Grant is also certified in Comprehensive Resource Method (CRM), a treatment protocol that helps clients heal from anxiety and posttraumatic stress (PTS/PTSD) and allows them to again live fully from their core self. Grant is a clinical fellow in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He has the gift of making people feel comfortable and at peace during the most difficult circumstances, is the father of a teenage daughter and son, a professional musician, an avid kayaker, and a lover of the outdoors. See more at: www.resonateclinic.com