Over the past 2 years, CKFF Alumni have enjoyed signature Revitalization Retreats, Date Night Out events, and the CKFF Empowered Spouses Retreat, but you’ve asked for more and we’ve answered with the 2017 Mastering Your Marriage launch! CKFF is now taking applications from Texas-based military, veteran, and first responder married couples to join Taya Kyle and team in the pilot launch of the Mastering Your Marriage (MYM) experience. This innovative program offers a unique approach that combines retreat and respite with new tools that help couples truly begin to thrive in their service marriages. Service marriages are unique, and no one knows that better than our military, veteran, and first responder couples.  CKFF knows that if service marriages are going to truly succeed, they need marriage curriculum that is equally unique. To support this, CKFF is partnering with the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work and the Baylor University Diana R. Garland School of Social Work to offer a program that empowers couples to create a new vision for their marriage and family.

MYM Advisory Panel at Baylor featuring military and first responder participants.

All accommodations, meals, services, and materials are provided at no cost to participants.

MYM’s innovative approach will unfold in three distinct phases:

{ PHASE ONE } Orientation Retreat

Couples will join Taya Kyle, the CKFF Family, and university partners at an orientation event that provides a retreat from the day-to-day intensity of service lifestyles.  At MYM Orientation, couples will lay a positive foundation by exploring the distinct challenges that are unique to a service marriage with MYM Coaches as well as other couples committed to thriving in a service environment.

{ PHASE TWO } Marriage Enrichment

Couples will continue to learn new skills through a monthly web-based curriculum that provides the opportunity to dive deep and learn more about thriving through service. This phase also includes ongoing contact with the CKFF and university coaches as well as some fun (and possibly sexy) date –night –out homework assignments. An internet connection is required for follow-up webinars.

{ PHASE THREE } Capstone Connection

A Capstone Event in the spring of 2018 provides couples with the opportunity to reconnect with Taya, the CKFF team, and the university coaches as well as each other as they celebrate the new skills required to have a joyful, rich and abundant marriage.

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  • Accommodations, meals, materials, and curriculum are provided at no charge. A $79 deposit is required to reserve a spot for those accepted into the program. This deposit will be refunded to couples who complete the MYM Capstone Event
  • Commitment to 6-month web-based follow-up curriculum
  • Confidential pre- and post-surveys that will help study the effectiveness of the program.

CKFF and its partners believe that military, veteran, and first responder couples need marriage support that fits in with their busy lifestyle. The MYM curriculum will be delivered in an innovative way that is both flexible and convenient. We want couples to have every opportunity to begin to feel a sense of mastery and confidence in their marriage. MYM topics will include a combination of marriage skills that are research-based and address specific challenges military and first responder couples face. MYM also includes a track that will educate and certify local community providers with the skills needed to better serve military, veteran and first responder couples. By investing in both the family and the community, MYM hopes to bring lasting, self-sustaining change to entire communities.

Program Requirements:

To apply, couples must meet the following requirements:

  • Active Duty, Reserve/Guard, post-service veterans, first responders, and their spouses currently residing in the following geographic areas:
    • First responders and active military must be within a 100-mile radius of Waco, TX
    • Post-service veterans must be within a 100-mile radius of Temple, TX
  • Have access to internet connection
  • Have access to a computer/mobile device

To apply, couples must be available to attend the following events (Lodging and meals will be provided, childcare is not included)

  • Active Military and First Responder Couples | September 29- October 1, 2017 in Waco, TX
  • Veteran Couples | October 27-29, 2017 at Horseshoe Bay, TX
  • Spring Capstone Graduation Event | Date TBD

** The Mastering Your Marriage Program is a pilot program launch and is currently only available to couples residing in specific regions of Texas. 

** MYM is not currently recommended for couples who are dealing with domestic violence, substance abuse requiring inpatient services, or active suicidal behaviors or other severe concerns. If you believe that your marriage is in crisis and need more immediate help, please contact a local professional or for emergencies call 911.

Our initial MYM application Period has ended.

However, we’re working hard to grow CKFF programing quickly, to expand our services to more military, veteran, and first responder marriages. Please sign up below for the 2017 MYM wait list:

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A special thank you to The Moody Foundation whose grant for seed funding
that helped to start the planning process for this important work.

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