Essential skills courses offered by the Institute for Marriage and Family Affairs are specialized skills and interventions carefully selected for mentoring, coaching, counseling individuals and families in the post Covid-19 era. These essential skills were created because of increasing demand for mental healthcare workers in the world, and a lack of mental healthcare professionals.
Experts are predicting that the global pandemic will increase the mental health disorders, and stretch available resources hence the need for coaches, mentors, and counselors to help folks cope with the pandemic and economic downturn. Couples and families need to adjust and adapt to new realities.
Married couples who are struggling to live together must do so in a world that is offering less and less outlet for coping with stress. We are already seeing a spike in domestic violence arrests, unemployment, business closures and divorce filing and families falling apart. People will need help beyond the normal support that coaches and counselors provide. More and more people need help to deal with emotional challenges and mental health breakdowns.
Essential skills also offer mentors, coaches, practitioners and lay counselor knowledge and skills to help their clients to identify symptoms of depression, grief, anxiety, the challenges of blending two families into one, manage family crises and to know how to refer cases to the appropriate professional.
Essential skills like how to manage depression and anxiety are specialized knowledge and skills traditionally offered by psychiatrists, psychologists and those possessing advanced certification but offered by lay people because of the shortage of those professionals and the rising demand for the services. Those who are trained and certified with these skills will provide first responder services and deal with minor cases that may get worse if left unattended.
Having these essential skills will differentiate you from other mentors, counselors and coaches and promote you to being the referral point for other helping hands who lack the knowledge, skills and confidence to handle highly complex cases like grief and loss, anxiety and depression, single parents and blended families, managing family crisis, dealing with addiction cases and helping the newlywed to navigate the treacherous first five years of their marriage.

Here are 6 essential skills Courses that are a must have for coaches, mentors, and counselors in post COVID-19 era.

The First Five Years of Marriage


The first five years of marriage are predictive of the lifespan of the marriage and therefore expedient for people to teach newlyweds survival skills for marriage. With more and more families headed by single parents, and parents living apart for economic reasons children now grow up without a balanced view and orientation of how a two-parent family operates. All over the world young adults from single parent or dysfunctional homes are having a hard time figuring out how to be a husband, wife, father, a mother and marital partner. Many struggle to survive beyond the honeymoon blues. This course offers post wedding information, how to identify the six points of differentiations in marriage, and how to build a team. It is designed for newlyweds, counselors, youth counselors, religious and community leaders and single grandparents. There is compelling evidence that post wedding counseling/education is more effective than premarital counseling/education.

Venue: Online/Onsite/On-Demand
Duration: 2hrs
Tuition: $45

Single Parent and Blended Families.


There is no doubt that every global crisis is a marriage and family crisis just as every global boom plays out in the lifestyle of the families. The prolonged lockdown tested and exposed the inadequacies of families and marriages. The spike in divorce filings lead to spike in single parenting and ultimately the interest in blended families. Blending families is not without challenges as couples driven by “lack”(as opposed to love that drive first marriages) attempt to form alliances to deal with the problems of single parenting like lack of companionship, inadequate result-driven Parenting techniques,financial support etc. Married individuals need help with picking up the pieces of their life after divorce, they need help with parenting alone, they need help with blending two different families into one family.

Venue: Online/Onsite/On-Demand
Duration: 3hrs
Tuition: $75

Substance use Disorder Treatment


The global epidemic of Opiate use disorder and its concurrent mental health issue has increased the demand and urgency for substance abuse treatment providers in the world. It is estimated that mental health services will continue to grow exponentially around the world because of globalization and Opiates. Students are trained to understand the Physiology of addiction, symptoms of alcohol and drug addiction, codependency, family reintegration and how to support a recovering addict. psychoeducational coping skills, medication management and relapse prevention skills. You can build referral services for psychiatrists and psychologists for testing and medication. This course provides information and risk assessment tools for investors who are interested in this, it is a great opportunity. This field is unmined and growing around the world. This course offers global and local information about opportunities in the mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services. If you are suffering from mental health disorder, have a family member who is suffering from mental health disorder, or you are a minister, a school proprietor, non-governmental organization or provide community-based services, this is an indispensable skill.

Venue: Online/Onsite/On-Demand
Duration: 3hrs
Tuition: $65


Grief and Loss Care


Grief and Loss are complex emotions felt by individuals dealing with the death of someone they love, of loss of something the love. The counselor or caregiver responsibility is to provide a safe and secure place for the patient to process their feelings and pain. This course offers a fresh understanding of the grieving process with interventions that incorporate evidence-based interventions that facilitates deeper understanding and healing.

Managing Depression and Anxiety


Depression and anxiety are the two most prevalent mental health illnesses in the 21st century. They are also two mental health disorders that are symptomatic of suicidal thoughts and suicidal ideations. Effective management of depression and anxiety relief sufferers of pain, hopelessness, low self esteem and powerlessness that is associated with those two disorders. This course is designed and presented with practical exercises to facilitate greater understanding and better traction of the coping mechanism for managing depression and Anxiety disorders. This course presents a holistic restoration of peace and integrates evidence-based interventions, exercises and spirituality.