Overview of Premarital Counseling/Marriage Education
What is Marriage Preparation or Premarital Counseling?
Effective marriage preparation is an interactive process between a couple planning to marry and a marriage educator or counselor. It is a learning process that is life-related, skill-based and practical.
Goals of the process may include:
- Deepening understanding of self and one’s partner (Including the effects of personality, family of origin, life experiences, personal values and expectations)
- A better understanding of marriage. This includes examining the myths of marriage and the popular beliefs about marriage in light of the best in current marriage research
- Clarifying expectations, desires and goals
- Identifying the relationship’s "working model" and understanding the implications
- Identifying strength and growth areas and formulating a plan for development
- Learning skills that can enhance communication and conflict resolution as well as nurture intimacy
- Integrating spiritual principles (if desired) for healthy marriage and deepening unity in the relationship
- Developing a plan to maintain the marital friendship and deepen the marriage relationship over time
- Developing an "intent to learn" mindset with commitment to on-going learning and seeking marital counsel if and when the marriage becomes distressed
Premarital Counseling is life-related, interactive, skill based, both fun and serious
Premarital Counseling includes some objective evaluation instruments like
- PREPARE Inventory to assess strengths and growth areas of the relationship
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or The Taylor Johnson Temperament Analysis to assess personality and personal preferences
- Dynamic Family History or Family Genogram to help assess patterns and marital models
Premarital Counseling will normally be a minimum of six sessions, typically scheduled two weeks apart to allow time for homework and learning exercises.
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