Ongoing Training

A range of helpful topics relevant to your work with couples.

Organizing Feedback

Once your couples have completed the PREPARE/ENRICH assessment online, their reports will be available in your account (when you log in with your Facilitator ID and password).

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Making Faith-Based Selection When Registering a Couple

If a PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator wants the couple to take a faith-based version of the assessment, they would pre-select which version they want as they register their couple for the inventory. The assessment then automatically includes the relevant items for that faith tradition. 

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Understanding the Stress Profile

In today's fast paced society, it is impossible to avoid stress in our lives. A recent poll of 1,000 U.S. adults and found 47% of respondents feel more stress today than they did 6 months ago. The number one source of stress cited in the poll was "personal finance concerns" (Booth Research, 2008).

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Understanding the Idealistic Distortion Score

Idealistic Distortion assesses the tendency for individuals to respond to statements in a socially desirable manner. It measures the extent to which a person distorts their relationship in a positive direction ("rose-colored glasses syndrome").

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How to Understand the Revised Individual and Couple Scores

The PREPARE/ENRICH assessment is unique because it utilizes two different types of scores for each content area. As a result, you will have two different perspectives on the couple relationship.

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Relationship Dynamics

The "Relationship Dynamics" scales in PREPARE/ENRICH assess four personal and interpersonal dynamics: assertiveness, self-confidence, avoidance, and partner dominance. These scales were designed to increase the Facilitator's understanding of individuals and how these characteristics are related to underlying couple dynamics.

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Understanding Relationship Roles

Role Assessment Scales for Engaged & Married Couples

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Understanding Couple Types

Through research studies of thousands of premarital and marital couples, specific types of couples have been identified. These types are based on statistical analysis of Positive Couple Agreement (PCA) scores across the nine core content areas of PREPARE/ENRICH.

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Using Couple and Family Maps

The Couple and Family Maps were derived from Dr. Olson's Circumplex Model of Marital and Family System. The Circumplex Model is one of the most popular and scientifically-tested models for understanding and treating couples and families.

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Working with Conflicted or Devitalized Couples

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Using EnrichNZ with Remarriages

Author, therapist, and stepfamily expert Ron Deal provides clinical observations and insight into using PREPARE/ENRICH with stepfamily couples.

Couples in Blended Families

Author, therapist, and stepfamily expert Ron Deal discusses marital therapy with stepcouples and blended families.