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Discuss the practical aspect of money – income vs. expenses

Conflict tends to grow out of a lack of understanding and communication around money and how it relates to a couples relationship.

Conflict tends to grow out of a lack of understanding and communication around money

Financial management is often a source of conflict for couples, causing tension when there isn’t enough, when it isn’t allocated correctly, and when there are different ideas surrounding its purpose.

Conflict tends to grow out of a lack of understanding and communication around money and how it relates to a couples relationship.

Couple-to-Couple Mentoring to Strengthen mentee and mentor Marriages

Couple-to-Couple Mentoring is proven to enhance the Mentors marriage also

A study in the US has shown that couples with strong marriages may be able to play a significant mentoring role for less satisfied couples and become even stronger in the process. (McClurkan, J. S., The effect of couple-to-couple-mentoring on weak marriage relationships. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2003).

The Marriage Mentor couple must know their limits when working with couples

The recruiting and selection process for Marriage Mentor Couples is very important, thus the following 5-step process has been developed.

Guidelines for Supervising Marriage Mentor Couples

All Marriage Mentor couples must be trained and directly supervised by a professional counsellor, lead couple or clergy member with solid experience in marriage education, certified in the PREPARE/ENRICH Program.

Pre-Marital Mentoring Programs reduces divorce rate by 2%

Pre-Marital Mentoring Programs using PREPARE/ENRICH Dramatically Reduces Divorce Rate to Two Percent. Since 1995, South Hills Church of Christ in Abilene Texas, under the leadership of Pastor Robert Oglesby, has offered a premarital mentoring program based on PREPARE/ENRICH.

Programs have a Significant Impact using Marriage Mentors with Couples

The PREPARE-ENRICH program was offered by marriage mentors to 1,070 low income couples over a four year period, 62% were married and 38% were premarital couples.

Ask couples to focus solely on the issue at hand

When dealing with conflict in a couples relationship, it's important that they resist the urge to bring up past experiences that have already been resolved and reopen them for discussion. Acknowledging the current disagreement and working through the conflict by actively listening is a great goal.

Are your couples ready to discuss their relationship? Pick a day where emotions are calm

The development of skills can all to easily become over-shadowed by the feedback process. Why not aim for a balanced approach in which feedback and the development of skills (e.g. good listening skills; constructive ways of handling conflict) are both valued?

Move forward when both partners can confidently answer: Yes. They are ready to move ahead.

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