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How it Works

What are relationships counseling tools?

Relationship counselling tools are used to help identify a couple’s strengths and areas for growth within their relationship. They improve the facilitator’s ability to assist the couple in addressing issues within their relationship.

Prepare-Enrich premarital and marital counseling tools are based on the results of a comprehensive relationship questionnaire filled out by each person in the relationship.

What’s the first step in using these counseling tools?

The couple completes a customized online assessment inventory (or relationship questionnaire) on their own, which covers all aspects of their relationship. Each online assessment inventory costs $35 per couple. The results of each individual’s assessment inventory is analyzed by the Prepare-Enrich program, and then compared against the other person’s answers using identifiers developed from the most current relationship counselling research.

A detailed report is created from the assessment for the facilitator, providing a profile of the couple’s strengths and challenges. The profile is expressed in easy-to-understand text and clear, comprehensive graphics.

The Prepare-Enrich inventory covers a number of areas that are important to healthy relationships. These include communication, conflict resolution, finances, sexuality, spirituality, couple closeness, parenting, and couple goals.

What happens next?

A trained Prepare-Enrich facilitator interprets and guides the couple through the results detailed in the report. With the couple’s challenges identified, the counselor uses six relationship exercises to:

  • strengthen a couple’s skills in communication
  • identify and manage major challenges and stressors
  • resolving conflict using a Ten Step Model
  • explore strength and growth areas
  • Develop a more balanced relationship using the Couple and Family Maps
  • Understand personality differences and maximize teamwork

This takes place during three (or more) feedback sessions. The couple also receives a 24-page Couple Workbook to help them complete the exercises.

Training for the relationship counseling tools

Every professional interested in using the Prepare-Enrich relationship tools must be trained in the Prepare-Enrich program. There are three ways that professionals can be trained in the program: