Many organisations prefer to take a step-by-step process of introducing a comprehensive marriage mentoring program. Time demands, resources, and availability of volunteer mentors may all impact the level of commitment a church or organisation is able to make to a mentoring program. Some wish only to initiate a premarital and newlywed program, while others may focus on married couples.
Following is a description of three mentoring phases for supervisors and marriage mentors to consider.
1. Premarital or Dating Phase:
The Premarital Phase focuses on premarital training using the PREPARE/ENRICH assessment combined with feedback sessions using the Couple’s Workbook.Premarital mentoring is appropriate for both engaged and seriously dating couples. In fact, dating couples often beneﬁt from mentoring because they are not yet distracted by wedding planning.
2. Newlywed Phase:
The Newlywed Phase extends the initial mentoring process to newlywed couples. Marriage mentors meet at least three more times with each newlywed couple during their ﬁrst year of marriage. They complete the process with a ﬁrst anniversary Couple Checkup.
3. Marital Phase:The Marital Phase focuses on enriching the relationship and strengthening the couple’s communication and conﬂict resolution skills.Marriage mentors should meet with the couple regularly (for five to eight feedback sessions) using the
PREPARE/ENRICH assessment and Couple’s Workbook.
Marriage mentoring is a couple-to-couple relationship that seeks to help couples live out their vision for marriage. For couples who are intent on building a happy marriage, mentoring brings sage advice, personal support and encouragement, and help in hard times
Tune in next week for more qualities of marriage mentors and the beneﬁts to couples and marriage mentors through the mentoring process.
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The Couple Checkup generates deep and productive conversations that couples would not otherwise have about their relationship. These conversations restore insight and understanding about one another. The Couple Checkup can help to revive a relationship and increase intimacy.
The Couple Checkup is an online couple assessment based on the PREPARE/ENRICH couple inventories. The Checkup assessment and Checkup report are designed to go directly to couples at any stage of their relationship (dating, engaged or married). The online system allows for dynamic customization of the assessment to each couple based on how the couple answers background questions. The goal is for the Couple Checkup to reach a more diverse group of couples, to empower couples to deal with issues on their own and to emphasize prevention over remediation.