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Maintaining Long Distance Relationships (MQ801)

All members of the foreign affairs community will likely find themselves separated from spouses, extended family, friends, and colleagues for extended periods of time. This dynamic workshop identifies behaviors and communication that strengthen often-apart or long-distance relationships of all kinds. Be proactive and prevent the deterioration of the meaningful relationships in your life.

Participant Feedback:

"It got us to both think in terms of our partner's needs. This is a very useful activity when trying to understand the implications of communicating during a long distance relationship."

"I got a number of good, specific ideas on staying in contact. I also realized that we need to think about the stresses of R&Rs and homecoming as much as the separation."

"This workshop reaffirmed to me that healthy communication is actually a lot about listening. I also really liked the idea of creating agendas before calls so that the conversation is guided and doesn't fall into the 'how was your day?' trap."


"I think defining our needs and the needs of our partners is really the key to making a relationship work in any setting, but particularly one like ours in the Foreign Service. Taking the time to think about those and hear from others how they express needs is very useful and a great way to learn."


Course Dates and Times
8 October 2014      6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
17 June 2015      6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

This is a non-tuition workshop.


Virtual Resource Table

The following links and documents represent materials made available at the resource table during the class.

State Department Resources

General Resources for Couples

General Resources for Parents

General Resources for Extended Family

Ideas for Bridging the Gap


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