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Are our issues normal? The Value of the Feedback Process for Couples in all life stages

The PREPARE/ENRICH Inventories have been designed so facilitators can give constructive feedback to couples. The feedback process is designed to help facilitators work more effectively with couples. While we encourage facilitators to follow this process initially, you should also feel free to experiment and build upon it.

1. Completing the assessment instrument raises a natural curiosity in many couples concerning “how they did. ”Couples often have concerns about whether they are “normal,” what strengths and weaknesses the evaluation revealed and whether the assessment showed any information that may be helpful in improving their relationship. Offering them feedback can ease any doubts and fears raised by the assessment.

2. Feedback is often a valuable piece of the change process. Through feedback, couples are made aware of the areas in most need of change. Goals may become clearer through the use of an assessment instrument. Couples can also become aware of their strengths, which will be a resource in their continued progress. In addition, couples often place greater credence in the guidance from the facilitator if they are supported by an objective evaluation tool.

3. Feedback provides a couple with insights into their relationship. Couples will typically learn a great deal about their relationship and how they each perceive it. This learning process is a valuable part of the feedback and it helps them better understand each other. One area that couples typically enjoy discussing is their family of origin and it often gives them greater insights into their own relationship.

4. Feedback includes teaching relationship skills. Two of the most common relationship skills that are integrated into PREPARE/ENRICH are Communication and Conflict Resolution skills.

For Communication skills, we emphasize the skills of assertiveness and active listening. For conflict resolution, we have a Ten Step Model for resolving couple conflict.

Two other relationship skills that PREPARE/ENRICH highlights are Couple Closeness and Couple Flexibility (based on the Couple Map). These are two skills that couples can learn to use more effectively in their relationship. In the Couple’s Workbook we have provided suggestions for increasing and decreasing the levels of closeness and flexibility in a couple.

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.

For more information on the use and analysis of the inventory and couple workbooks or to simply set up a couple on the tool, please contact: www.prepare-enrich.com.au or call today (02) 9520 4049, #prepareenrich

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