PREPARE/ENRICH: 10 Ways Couple Assessments can Improve any Relationship Education Program (9)

Assessment is a critical component of most professions but professionals working with couples or families  have often failed to take advantage of these assessments. Physicians typically run a variety of diagnostic tests before they make their final decision on treatment. Teachers use examinations to determine a students achievement level. Police Officers use radar to determine the speed a car is driving. Engineers use stress tests to determine whether a structure will be functional for the task.

Following on from last weeks post, the following are ten ways that couple assessment can increase the impact of any marriage or family education program:

9. Group Summary results can help a group leader tailor the program to the needs and issues of the couples.

One advantage of the Couple Checkup which is the light version of PREPARE/ENRICH, is that the leader can obtain a Group Summary Report that provides in-depth information about the couple. The report describes the couple strengths and problematic issues for the couples in the group. In addition to summary scores, it also identifies specific items and the percentage agreement on the items. By sharing this concrete information, the couples feel that they have more in common with each other and they also feel more understood. Also, the group leader can adjust the program to the needs of the group rather than just presenting the same program for all couples.

For more tips and reminders, tune in next week... Read about the 10 ways Couple Assessment can improve your relationship education program.

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PREPARE/ENRICH is a customised online assessment tool that identifies each couples unique strength and growth areas. Based on their assessment results, a facilitator provides feedback sessions, helping couples to discuss and understand their results while teaching them proven relationship skills.

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