Prepare-Enrich is the world’s leading tool for supporting and enriching couple relationships, from pre-engaged to senior marrieds.
Some statistics – there are:
- Over 100,000 facilitators trained in the U.S.
- Offices in 13 other countries
- Over 3 million couples have completed one of the inventories
- Translations validated in 6 languages and cultures
How does it work?
Completion of a well-researched inventory gives a snapshot of the couple’s relationship and parenting approach. Then by working with a trained facilitator they can celebrate and build on their strengths while also learning new skills to help them improve areas which present more of a challenge.
Where does it come from?
The programme was initially developed at the University of Minnesota in the 1970s, and since then has been continually enhanced through research and technical development. It is a complete programme, but can be used with other materials and approaches. Research has shown that pre-marital couples who do the Prepare-Enrich programme experience higher marital satisfaction, higher commitment, and lower marital conflict.
There are customized versions used for marriage counselling, dating couples, those co-habiting or considering fostering/adoption, and now parenting. Based on a couple’s assessment report, tailored feedback sessions with a facilitator help the couple discuss and understand their relationship as they are taught proven couple skills.
The Couple Inventory assesses 22 areas including: communication, conflict resolution, finance, affection and sexuality, family and friends, spiritual beliefs, self-confidence, assertiveness, and personality.
The Parenting Inventory also looks at parenting styles, confidence in parenting, child behaviour issues, family satisfaction, family communication, and more.
Individual and couple responses in these areas provide a springboard for discussion and application of useful tools.
Find out from the Prepare Enrich website here.