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PREPARE/ENRICH began in 1980 as a result of several research projects at the University of Minnesota in which Dr. David Olson developed a set of inventories for couples; known as PREPARE/ENRICH. Because of the demand for the inventories, Dr. Olson formed PREPARE/ENRICH to provide these helpful tools to counselors, clergy members, mentors and other marriage educators.

Over the years this small dream has continued to grow at a remarkable rate. We have trained over 100,000 PREPARE/ENRICH Facilitators in the U.S., and have International Offices around the world. Over 3 million couples have completed one of the couple inventories.

Dr. Olson has written over 20 books on relationships, especially on marriage and the family.

The Couple Checkup (2008) is a new book designed to encourage couples to take a couple checkup to identify their strengths as a couple and build on them. Using data from 50,000 married couples, the book identifies what happy couples do to create a successful marriage. The book deals with significant topics in marriage (communication, conflict resolution, sexuality, roles, finances, etc.) and provides insights and couple exercises to help couples improve these areas. A free online Individiual Profile is provided with the book.

Empowering Couples is a self-help book that is designed to help couples improve key aspects of their marriage. Each chapter begins with a short quiz and ends with couple exercises to strengthen their marriage. The 12 chapters cover key topics like communication, personality, flexibility, closeness, roles, sexuality and more. A group program with a Leader's Guide is also available.

The Building Relationships book and group program were developed for youth. This book, which has been used in churches and schools throughout the U.S., promotes adolescent awareness of the importance of relationships and how to build strong and healthy relationships in their lives.

About the Founders:

olsonsDavid H. Olson, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of PREPARE/ENRICH. He is Professor Emeritus, Family Social Science, University of Minnesota where he taught for over 25 years. His goal has been to develop high quality products that integrate current research and theory about couples and families.

Karen Olson is CFO and managed the organization for over 25 years. She also directed the marketing and outreach for PREPARE/ENRICH.

Dr. Olson is past president of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). He is a Fellow in the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT), American Psychological Association (APA) and NCFR. Dr. Olson has received numerous awards from national professional organizations (AAMFT, APA, AFTA, ACA, ACME) for his high quality research and creative products. In 2004, he received the Smart Marriage Impact Award. He has written over 20 books and over 100 professional articles on marriage and the family.

Dr. David Olson and Karen Olson have now retired.