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Supporting Healthy Relationships: One Day Intensive

For more than a decade, Montefiore’s Supporting Healthy Relationships program has empowered thousands of couples in the New York area to achieve success within their families and finances. Through our FREE psychoeducational workshops, family support services, and employment services, couples have had the opportunity to meet other couples, spend quality time together, improve their communication, and find employment—ultimately ensuring healthy, happy, stable families.

SHR is thrilled to bring our FREE program to The Motherhood Center to help new parents with the transition to parenthood. The one-day workshop is based on The Bringing Baby Home (BBH) curriculum, a research-based and research-tested psychoeducational workshop that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening their families. Developed by renowned relationship and parenting experts, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, the goal of BBH is to equip you with the knowledge and skill sets needed to constructively cope with the various changes that typically occur during the first few years after your baby is born.

During this dedicated 8-hour “couples retreat,” you and your partner will learn how to:

  • Strengthen your friendship

  • Increase intimacy and affection

  • Prevent harmful fights

  • Improve communication

  • Master the art of compromise

  • Create positive interactions with your baby

  • Negotiate co-parenting strategies

  • Recognize signs of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders


  • Both partners are 18 years or older

  • In a committed relationship

  • Expecting a child or have a child age 0-1 (biological, foster, or adopted)

Date: October 20th
Time: 9 AM - 5 PM
Cost: FREE*

Note: The workshop is intended as a “retreat” for the couple to spend quality time together focusing on their relationship, so only the couple should attend without their child.

*This program is FREE, as it is a federally funded program part of a national research study. Couples will be provided breakfast and lunch at the workshop, as well as roundtrip Metrocards and up to $200 to go toward childcare reimbursement for their participation in the program. To enroll, couples must first complete several surveys (30-45 minutes) and an intake interview (30-45 minutes). The registration process can be completed in-person or remotely (via online surveys and phone interview). For more information and to register, please call Jacqueline Rodriguez at 914-268-7933 or email

About Instructors: Holly Alderman, LCSW

Holly Alderman, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with experience in child, adolescent, couple, and family therapy. She works to support clients through difficult emotions and challenging interpersonal relationships through use of various therapeutic modalities. Her approach to treatment is collaborative, strengths based and relational, focusing on empowering individuals to better understand and build connection with others. Holly received her BA in Psychology from Brown University, her MSW from Columbia University, and post graduate training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She spent the last 5 years as a Middle School Social Worker in Brooklyn and is currently a clinician with the Supporting Healthy Relationships Program at Montefiore Medical Center, a federally funded marriage and relationship education program for couples. Holly is also a clinician with the Healthy Moms and Babies Program at Montefiore Medical Center, a federally funded intervention for new and expecting mothers.

Earlier Event: October 19
Birth Partner 101
Later Event: October 21