About the

National Institute of Relationship Enhancement®


The National Institute of Relationship Enhancement® (NIRE), a non-profit educational corporation, was founded by Bernard Guerney, Jr., Ph.D. in 1992 as a branch of its parent organization the Institute for the Development of Emotional and Life Skills (IDEALS), which Dr. Guerney had previously founded in 1972 to advance the dissemination of the Relationship Enhancement® Model and Filial Family Therapy in order to promote and support healthy relationships.

Professional Training

NIRE offers skills training workshops, supervision and certification programs for mental health professionals and lay educators in the areas of

Relationship Enhancement® Couple/Family Therapy

Filial Family Therapy

Child-Centered Play Therapy

Couples’ Relationship Enhancement® Program Leadership

Parenting Skills Program Leadership

NIRE also provides these workshops as On-Site Trainings.


Counseling Services

For the general public, NIRE offers a wide variety of Counseling Services for children, individuals, couples, and families.

Educational Programs

NIRE also offers a variety of innovative psychoeducational programs for couples and families including the Mastering the Mysteries of Love Weekend for Couples.

NIRE also maintains a mail order Bookstore for couples wishing to purchase books, audiotapes, or other resources for enriching marriage and family life, including resources for improving couple communication skills and parenting skills.