As part of my approach to couples counseling, I use a number of personality inventories to identify strengths and areas of growth for both individuals and couples. PREPARE/ENRICH is part of that assessment process. It is a customized couple assessment completed online that identifies a couple's strength and growth areas. It is one of the most widely used programs for premarital counseling and premarital education. It is also used for marriage counseling, marriage enrichment, and dating couples considering engagement. Based on a couple's assessment results, I (as a trained facilitator) provide 4-8 feedback sessions in which I help the couple discuss and understand their results as they are taught proven relationship skills.
There are several goals of the PREPARE/ENRICH Program. In order to achieve these goals there are exercises designed to help couples improve their relationship skills. The program helps couples:
- Explore strength and growth areas
- Strengthen communication skills
- Identify and manage major stressors
- Resolve conflict using the Ten Step Model
- Develop a more balanced relationship
- Explore family of origin issues
- Discuss financial planning and budgeting
- Establish personal, couple and family goals
- Understand and appreciate personality differences
Over the last 30 years, the PREPARE/ENRICH relationship assessment has empowered and energized more than 3 million couples. I consider it an extremely valuable relationship inventory and couples assessment tool.
An important strength of the PREPARE/ENRICH Inventory is their strong psychometric properties. High levels of reliability and validity have been found for each instrument, making them valuable tools for research as well as clinical use.
- National Norms based on over 500,000 couples
- High Levels of Validity and Reliability
PREPARE has validity in that it discriminates premarital couples that get divorced from those that are happily married with about 80-85% accuracy. Reliability is high (alpha reliability of .80 - .85)
There are no right vs wrong approaches to the couples counseling that I do. Each person is honored for who they are, the life experiences they have had and the beliefs that they hold. Working together we can find common ground to resolve differences, manage stress and conflicts, improve communication and respect and create the relationship that you truly desire.