Family Relationships

Family Relationships

At every stage of life, relationships with our spouses, children, and extended families bring us both joy and challenges. Learning to manage stress and understand our emotions and behaviors can help us communicate more effectively with the important people in our lives.

Building and maintaining healthy relationships takes time and effort. With the daily pressures of work, children, and chores, it can be easy to neglect your relationship and take your partner and other loved ones for granted.

Building Strong Bonds/PREP 8

DHS offers Building Strong Bonds/PREP 8 training to assist couples in enhancing their relationships. This two-day training course is designed to help relationships at any stage of development. Building Strong Bonds/PREP 8 is available to any DHS employee and their significant other. For more information about current offerings or how to schedule a session in your office, please contact the DHS Work-Life Program Managers at worklife@hq.dhs.gov.

Your Employee Assistance Program is here to help!

If you are having difficulty in a relationship, your Component Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help you locate a marriage counselor, mediation services, or other relationship resources. EAP can also offer assistance and counseling to your family members, including children.

In addition to counseling services, your Component EAP can also provide parenting tips or assist you and your family members with finding services for everyday life events like college scholarship information, summer camps, and eldercare resources. EAP assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, contact your Component EAP, or send an email to worklife@hq.dhs.gov.

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