Using the site:
Who is theCoupleConnection.net created by?
The CoupleConnection.net has been created by OnePlusOne, the UK’s leading relationships research organisation with 40 years of experience of transforming research into practical solutions. OnePlusOne is a team of researchers, practitioners and information specialists whose aim is to enhance understanding of how family relationships contribute to the wellbeing of adults and children.
Who is this site for?
The CoupleConnection is a self-help resource for couples who want to get things back to how they used to be with their partner; for individuals, couples and parents who want to work through personal issues and how they affect relationships so that their relationships can improve. To read more about who this site is for see here.
When the CoupleConnection is not for you
If your partner is violent or abusive to you or to your children or if you suspect that someone you know is in an abusive relationship then you need to know where to turn for help.
How is this site different to other sites that offer relationship advice?
The CoupleConnection.net offers a unique blend of frequently updated articles, film based content, animation clips, quizzes, exercises, other self-assessment tools and interactive features which take OnePlusOne’s 40 years of transforming research evidence into practical solutions such as training courses and publications, which have helped thousands of family practitioners in their work with families, and puts it directly in the hands of the public.
Is this online counselling?
The CoupleConnection.net does not provide one-to-one relationship counselling or therapy. It is intended as a self-help site containing resources that provide advice and support in the early stages of a relationship issue. The site is not intended to act as a place for crisis relationship support, or active intervention.
Where can I get more help for a specific issue?
There are a number of references and links to other more specialist agencies within articles and on a dedicated page entitled ‘Further help’. These can help users with more specific relationship related issues. The relationship forum moderators can also make referrals to organisations offering more specialist help on the forum where appropriate.
Do I have to register to use this site?
You do not have to register before making use of this site; there are a number of articles, film clips, animations, quizzes and other interactive features that can be accessed without registering or signing in. However, the CoupleConnection.net recommends that individuals sign up to experience a more personalised service. To register you should create, a username, password, and provide a valid email. The option of signing up using your Facebook, Twitter or Google + account is also available. This can be done by clicking on any of the associated icons.
Why should I register?
The CoupleConnection.net recommends you sign up in order to experience a more personalised service. For example, once registered you will have access to a personal profile area within which you can save results from quizzes, exercises you have started or completed or courses you have taken and you will also have the option of receiving a monthly newsletter. Registering will also enable more specific content relating to your browsing history or topics of interest selected within your personal profile area to be filtered through to you. There is also a diary feature which you can use at your convenience.
What happens to my information once I register?
The CoupleConnection will never share any identifiable information with third parties without your explicit permission. The CoupleConnection may use the information you supply during registration to compile anonymous statistics and research, (for example we will be able to calculate what percentage of individuals using the site are male or female, and the average number of children each has, etc.). This will enable us to better provide registered users with a more personalised experience of using the site and help OnePlusOne further its research into couple relationships.
I’d like to opt out of receiving email correspondence from the site, how do I do this?
You can opt out of receiving newsletters and a 6 week relationship assessment reminder by logging on and going to your personal profile area and selecting ‘unsubscribe from newsletters’, or ‘I no longer want to receive relationship assessment reminders’.
I’ve registered but I’m having problems logging in
If you are experiencing problems logging in please complete the contact form on the Contact Us page and select technical support from within the drop down box. You will receive a confirmation email to say your query is being looked into and you will be contacted within 24 to 48 hours with an answer to your query.
Using the Forum:
Do I have to register to post or comment on the forum?
Yes, any one wishing to start a new thread or to add comments to existing threads must register by creating a username a password, and by providing a valid email address that will appear next to the post or comment on the forum, unless you choose to make this post or comment anonymous by ticking the appropriate box. Individuals also have the option of signing up to the site to use the forum via their Facebook, Twitter or Google + accounts. This can be done by clicking on any of the associated icons.
Can I post on the forum anonymously?
Yes, when posting or commenting on the forum you can choose to make your post or comment anonymous by ticking the ‘make this post or comment anonymous’ box. You can choose to always remain anonymous on the forum by selecting this option in your personal profile area.
Who are the moderators?
The moderators are a group of experienced relationship counsellors who are trained to work with couples.
Using the site features:
Getting to know each other quiz
Find out whether you know your partner as well as you think you do by creating a quiz you can share with your partner. By choosing a minimum of three questions from an existing list or by creating your own questions and then answering the questions you have selected or created. You will then need to invite your partner via an email to answer your questions and have fun comparing your results!
Quick questions and answers
Need an answer to that burning question you have? Ask questions with a 140 character limit and receive answers from other users on the site. Answers will appear in date order or you can choose to view the most popular answers.
Sharing my activity on the CoupleConnection.net with other social networks
Content from this site can be shared with partners, friends or colleagues by clicking on the < share symbol located on the top right hand corner of the site under the page header. In addition to sharing this content with your friends and contacts on Twitter, Facebook and Google +, when you are logged into the site you will also have the option to share with your partner or friend via email.
The ‘Listening Room’ (live one-to-one chat)
The Listening Room is a service which uses an instant messenger type software to conduct an online private one-to-one 15 minute conversation between users and an online helper who has a counselling or mediation background.
The aim of the Listening Room is to provide users with the opportunity to get things off their chest in a private space. There is evidence to suggest that just being able to tell someone about your issue enhances the process of exploring and understanding the issue better. The Listening Room is not online counselling, instead it provides an opportunity to talk and feel listened to, which in turn can often help to formulate the next steps.
Live Group Discussions
To enable groups of users to discuss in real time topics of shared interest. Topics for discussion will be largely peer led; that is chosen based on what users are discussing on the forum. Users of the CoupleConnection can also suggest topics for discussion by emailing Contacting Us . The discussions will be facilitated by one of our moderators, or by the author of recently published books on aspects of relationships, or by other guests. A short biography of the discussion facilitator will form part of the event promotion. The session will be promoted throughout the site, and participants will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance by Contacting Us. Users will also be able to ask questions throughout the discussion. The discussions are planned to take place on the CoupleConnection at least once a quarter, and are likely to be held mid-week during the evening.
Are the courses on this site free?
Any of the courses on this site are currently free. However, some courses developed in the future may be chargeable.
Keeping in contact with our users:
I would like to receive the CoupleConnection.net newsletter
When you register, you also agree to receive newsletters from the CoupleConnection.net Team.
I no longer wish to receive the CoupleConnection.net newsletter. How do I unsubscribe?
If you wish to opt out of receiving newsletter you can do this by visiting your personal profile area where you can un-tick the ‘I want to receive the newsletter’ box within the privacy settings area under the account settings tab.
How can I stop receiving reminder emails about completing a relationship assessment?
If you wish to opt out of receiving reminder emails you can do this by visiting your personal profile area where you can tick the ‘I don’t want to receive the relationship assessment reminders’ box within the privacy settings area under the account settings tab.
How do I unsubscribe from the CoupleConnection.net?
Please complete the Contact Us form and add unsubscribe into the Description box. Your account will be disabled within 24hours.
I am a practitioner; how can I download resources from this site to use with my clients?
All of the exercises on the CoupleConnection.net are downloadable as PDF documents.
I’m a practitioner and I would like to access flyers or leaflets that I can distribute to the families I work with.
We have various information leaflets and promotional materials that we would be happy to send to practitioners upon request. To request flyers and leaflets contact the CoupleConnection.net by completing the Contact Us form.
I am an organisation/individual interested in working with the CoupleConnection.net who do I contact about this?
You can Contact Us expressing your interest and we will forward your information to the relevant person.
I’m interested in being involved with this site; how can I get involved?
You can Contact Us expressing your interest and we will forward your information to the relevant person.
Can I exchange links with this site?
The CoupleConnection Team will consider requests for reciprocal links from relevant organisations. Please send all requests via email to [email protected] . We aim to respond within 2 days.