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Committed relationships, another name for marriages, are a confusing topic for almost everyone. While most people will say these are the building blocks of any culture, understanding the how, the why, and the what of making a good one seems to elude us. The statistics of divorce, the costs of broken families, the tragedy of Domestic Violence appals us. No cultural institution faces conflict more often or more directly than a committed relationship.

However, do we know what to do about it! Al Turtle is the lucky kind of person to penetrate the mysteries and to find a satisfying Map of Relationships. “With a good map, you know which way to turn next,” he says. Al, as a marriage therapist, has been using his Map to understand and guide thousands of lost couples over the past 9 years. Many more have stumbled on his Map and are using it to find their own ways.

In our time together Al shares his Map, how he found it, what he does with it. He explains how it works and answer your questions. You might just survive it yet.

Al Turtle M.Ed. was originally trained as a counselor in the 1970s. In 1992, he and his wife Sandra set up a private counseling practice in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. One of their specialties is relationship work and the development of the practical skills of living together peacefully. Al has been an active member of Imago Relationships International since the early 90s. This large group of Marriage Therapists, founded by Harville Hendrix, has been extending their coverage across the world. He teaches and guides peace-making efforts in the U.S. and overseas.

Al is an original thinker who approaches conflict and coexistence issues from a unique and practical perspective. He uses his experiences with over 2400 couples in Idaho in continuing to develop his understandings of, and resolutions to, the dynamics of conflict in dyads, families, groups, communities, with extensions into politics and beyond. His approach to sharing his ideas is both humorous and penetrating.

Recorded on the Calliflower Conference Call system the evening of October 14, 2008.