Developing couple and family strengths is important throughout the entire cycle of a family’s life. Beginning Aug. 24, a new online continuing education course will explore this topic and more.

“Helping Couples and Families Thrive Throughout the Lifespan,” is offered in partnership by Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon (CUW) and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (CSL)

The six-week online course takes place via Zoom from 4-5 p.m. (CT) Thursdays, Aug. 24, through Sept. 28.

The course will concentrate on the ongoing development of family life. It will also address challenges such as trauma, addiction, marital affairs and more. Special attention will be given to the counseling process. The course will help learners understand the reality of the presence of Jesus, which accompanies His followers, and the action of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

The course will be led by Dr. Bruce Hartung, professor emeritus at CSL and a retired clinical psychologist, and Debra Graf, presenter for Concordia University Wisconsin, a licensed professional counselor and director of children’s therapy at Kettle Moraine Counseling in West Bend, Wis.

“I am happy that we can continue to offer these partnership courses with St. Louis Seminary,” said Sarah Pecor, AVP of Continuing Education Studies at Concordia University. “Marriage and family counseling is a topic that people have been requesting and Bruce Hartung and Deb Graf will offer strong and unique content.”

Want in?

The fee for the course is $99, which includes one Continuing Education Unit (CEU). The deadline to register is Aug. 17. For more information, contact