One of the challenges in designing an online assessment that goes directly to couples is making sure it is understandable and appropriate for their personal use. While the PREPARE/ENRICH Program requires two day certification training and includes an extensive Counsellor’s Manual (Olson, 2002), the Couple Checkup is available for use by any couple over 18 who purchases it online.
Some items were omitted from the Couple Checkup due to the nature of it being designed to go directly back to the couple. Not every issue is suitable for a couple to digest and confront on their own.
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 customisation 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.