The PREPARE/ENRICH Assessment Identifies each Couples Unique Strength and Growth Areas

The PREPARE/ENRICH CUSTOMISED VERSION is the latest form of the PREPARE/ENRICH resources. This on-line system has been available in Australia since mid-September, 2009. Training has been offered since late September, 2009 (see the link above for details of current training opportunities). PREPARE/ENRICH is perfect for all relationship and marriage educators seeking to drastically improve their quality of work.

Assisting Professionals to work with Dating, Engaged and Married Couples

The program is designed to assist a variety of professionals (mainly counsellors, educators and religious celebrants) working with premarital or married couples. Professionals who have been trained and accredited to work with the PREPARE/ENRICH materials in Australia are called Facilitators. For a couple, after being invited to participate and having the program explained to them, the first step is to take online the Customised Version of the PREPARE/ENRICH inventory in order to provide a self-report description of their relationship.This inventory has been carefully constructed to be comprehensive, diagnostically valuable and is designed to facilitate a meaningful dialogue between the Facilitator and the couple. It has been scientifically developed to have high levels of reliability, validity and clinical utility. Standardised norms have been developed for the inventory. 

22 Areas Assessed

As well as providing important demographic and background information for a couple, 22 areas are assessed and individual and couple responses in these areas are summarised in reports made available to the Facilitator: 

A. Significant Issues for Couples 
(10 scales): 

  • Communication 
  • Conflict Resolution 
  • Partner Style & Habits 
  • Financial Management 
  • Leisure Activities 
  • Affection & Sexuality  
  • Family and Friends 
  • Idealistic Distortion 
  • Relationship Roles
  • Spiritual Beliefs 

B. Relationship Dynamics 
(4 scales): 

  • Assertiveness 
  • Self Confidence 
  • Avoidance 
  • Partner Dominance 

C. Couple and Family Map 
(4 scales): 

  • Closeness and Flexibility of Family-of-Origin 
  • Closeness and Flexibility of Couple Relationship/Marriage 

D. Personality 
(4 scales)

  • Social
  • Change
  • Organised
  • Pleasing
  • Emotionally Steady

Couples also answer questions about STRESS and, depending on their circumstances answer questions about cultural/ethnic issues, interfaith/interchurch issues, parenting issues, cohabitation issues, forgiveness issues, commitment issues and issues arising from a previous marriage.


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