Don’t Neglect Skills Training

The use of inventories like Couple Checkup and PREPARE/ENRICH differ from group structured programs largely in scale, and while at least two thirds of inventory users indicate that skills training is incorporated into sessions with couples, a study indicates that it would appear that the amount of skills training is rather limited in the majority of cases. This, along with issues relating to follow-up and evaluation of inventory-based service activities, it is an issue worthy of further attention.

There are three worthwhile challenges to consider:

  1. Often couples need to learn new skills: The development of skills can all to easy become over-shadowed by the feedback process. Aiming 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 is important.
  2. Evaluation or reflection of each session is important: A short set of questions reflecting on the session and its impact is important.
  3. Follow-up can useful up to a year or so later: Plan another assessment after the couple has been married for a year to assess the relationship and changes against the assessment baseline can be effective to ensure skills are reviewed and relationship change is assessed. Often new skills are required e.g. As parents.

Complete the PREPARE/ENRICH assessment or Couple Checkup as part of this approach. Each tool is customised to your relationship type and helps identify each other’s unique strengths and growth areas.

For the PREPARE/ENRICH assessment, a facilitator provides feedback sessions, helping couples to discuss and understand their results while teaching them proven relationship skills.

For couple checkup, the assessment and resulting reports are self-administered.

Refetence: Simons, M. and Parker, R,. 2002: Relationship education services. Family Matters, 63, 77-79)

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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.

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