The Creating the We of your marriage Newlywed Course is for couples who want to invest in their relationship and understand how to navigate married life.

Each session is live with Dr. Debbie Akerman who will share practical insights for setting yourselves up for a successful marriage.  

The course is for all newlyweds married from July 1 2021 (any age, background and community affiliation). 

Cost for the course is a nominal $50, per couple.  

Topics addressed:

  • building your marriage & relationship
  • communication
  • physical intimacy
  • emotional intimacy
  • finances
  • balancing families and couplehood
  • so much more
  • AND YOUR QUESTIONS

Dates & time:

6 Wednesday evenings
8:30- 10:00 PM (eastern)
beginning May 25 – June 29 2022

About your facilitator:

Dr. Debbie Akerman, PhD, LCSW, CASAP

Dr. Debbie Akerman, PhD, LCSW, CASAP

Dr. Debbie Akerman, PhD, LCSW, CASAP is a social worker with a doctorate in social welfare along with a clinical license in social work. She specializes in addiction and marriage and family therapy. Her dissertation centered on the lack of treatment centers for addiction in the orthodox Jewish community. 

About the course:

The first year of marriage is incredibly important for the future happiness of the couple and the family they will create together. You can think of it as the “wet cement year” – a precarious and delicate time, in which a newly married couple lays the foundation for the rest of their life together. In that time, it is important to intentionally set good habits into that wet cement. It’s a time to establish good patterns and ways of being together that should continue for the rest of their marriage.

Setting a strong foundation is very important but not always easy and smooth; it’s merging two lives into one. It’s about developing the ‘we’ of the marriage. Newly married couples get a lot of “never go to bed angry,” and “always tell the truth.” And other random pieces of advice that are not always applicable or accurate.  It can be hard to navigate the first year without guidance and support. 

Adai Ad gets all sorts of questions from newlywed men and women, covering the gamut from communication to intimacy to talking about money to family issues to how to bring up certain issues. We developed the Newlywed Course to bring answers to a wider audience – in a systemic and organized way.  This course is set up as a webinar, meaning you will not see the other participants and they won’t see you. There is no requirement to disclose anything about your relationship to anyone else. The program is designed for privacy and strict confidentiality.

  •  The course is designed for privacy and strict confidentiality. It is set up as a Zoom webinar, meaning you will not see the other participants and they won’t see you. There is no requirement to disclose anything about your relationship to anyone else.
  • The syllabus of the course is based on the many questions that came to Adai Ad and other therapists and mashpiim/os. Dr. Debbie Akerman, PhD, LCSW, CASAP  will be presenting the course. She is a highly sought-after therapist who specializes in addiction and marriage and family therapy. She has presented and written extensively on these topics.
  • The course style is designed with insights from young couples. There will be the opportunity for Q&A and participants can send questions to Dr. Akerman between sessions to be addressed in upcoming sessions.
  • After each session, participants will get class notes and reflection sheets for the couple to discuss together as they cement their values and priorities and styles as a couple.
  • Each of the couple joins on their own device. After the session, you will discuss together what you learned.
  • Recordings of the sessions will not be shared.

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