What is a ScreamFree
According to Hal Runkel,
founder, ScreamFree Institute, a ScreamFree Marriage is about learning to fight
fair without screaming, or acting out.
Military couples at Fort
Riley discovered the meaning of having a ScreamFree Marriage during the first of
a three-part series class July 10 at Child, Youth and School Services.
The course is taught every
few months by Carlyn Tolliver-Lee, a family advocacy program specialist from
Army Community Service.
“They always say that
marriage is not for wimps, and I think that’s what this class really teaches.
It takes maturity to be in a life-long committed relationship,” Tolliver-Lee
The classes are not meant
to focus on what’s wrong in a marriage or examine personal problems, she added.
They are meant to teach
each couple how to identify their own part in the marriage and how to move
The couples attending
varied throughout walks of life and experiences.
One husband, married for
more than eight years, said he found the material relevant and useful.
“I think this fits us
pretty well; it gives us a baseline to continue to grow off of,” said Staff
Sgt. Ryan Butcher, 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation
Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.
“The class was recommended
to us, and we wanted to continue to grow and learn how to get better with each
other. It’s very informal and informative at the same time.”
One newlywed couple said
they also found the class to be helpful.
“It was great; I liked how
it was an open forum and everyone contributed,” said Sgt. Steven Jones, 1st Combined
Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf.
His wife, Brianna Jones,
“I didn’t know what to
expect, really; but it was pretty good -- pretty open,” she said.
“Marriage is difficult,
really difficult,” Runkel said in a video shown during class. “It’s supposed to
be difficult, because it’s about growing up.”
The ScreamFree Institute
has published books and classroom material on ScreamFree Marriage and ScreamFree
Free child care is provided
for the classes with advance registration.
Anyone who would like to
attend or may have missed the first class and registration is welcome to sit in
“Anyone can come in for an
audit, which means that they can come and sit in, observe and see if they would
like to take it next time,” said Tolliver-Lee.
For more information about
family and marriage classes offered, call ACS at 785-239-9435 or visit
ONLINE at www.screamfree.com. The ScremFree Institute online offers
marriage and parenting tips from Hal Runkel, an interactive blog along with
newsletter and email tip sign ups.