PREPARE/ENRICH Parenting Version


What is


PREPARE/ENRICH is a customized couple assessment completed online that identifies a couple's strength and growth areas. It is one of the most widely used programs for premarital counseling and premarital education. It is also used for marriage counseling, marriage enrichment, and dating couples considering engagement. Based on a couple's assessment results, a trained facilitator provides 4-8 feedback sessions in which the facilitator helps the couple discuss and understand their results as they are taught proven relationship skills.

Over 3 Million Couples!

Over the last 30 years, the PREPARE/ENRICH relationship assessment has empowered and energized more than 3 million couples. We're the #1 relationship inventory and couples assessment tool.

What are the major goals of the PREPARE/ENRICH Program?

There are several goals of the PREPARE/ENRICH Program. In order to achieve these goals there are exercises designed to help couples improve their relationship skills. The program helps couples:

  • Explore strength and growth areas
  • Strengthen communication skills
  • Identify and manage major stressors
  • Resolve conflict using the Ten Step Model
  • Develop a more balanced relationship
  • Explore family of origin issues
  • Discuss financial planning and budgeting
  • Establish personal, couple and family goals
  • Understand and appreciate personality differences

What relationship areas are assessed by the Inventory?

  • 12 Relationship Scales -- communication, conflict resolution, roles, sexuality, finances, spiritual beliefs and more
  • 5 SCOPE Personality Scales
  • 4 Couple and Family Scales -- based on the Circumplex Model
  • 4 Relationship Dynamic Scales
  • 30 Customized Scales

Is the PREPARE/ENRICH Program valid & reliable?

An important strength of the PREPARE/ENRICH Inventory is their strong psychometric properties. High levels of reliability and validity have been found for each instrument, making them valuable tools for research as well as clinical use.

  • National Norms based on over 500,000 couples
  • High Levels of Validity and Reliability

PREPARE has validity in that it discriminates premarital couples that get divorced from those that are happily married with about 80-85% accuracy. Reliability is high (alpha reliability of .80 - .85).


The inventory has been utilized by over 100,000 trained clergy members, professional counselors, mentors, and marriage educators throughout the U.S.
Over 3 million couples have taken a PREPARE/ENRICH inventory and worked through their results under the guidance of one of our trained facilitators.

Find a trained PREPARE/ENRICH Facilitator in your area?

Couples should first check with their Church, Synagogue or Professional Counselor to see if they are already using the PREPARE/ENRICH Program.
If you are unable to locate a PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator on your own, you can find a facilitator on our website by searching by zip code or state.

Find a Facilitator

How do clergy, marriage mentors, or marriage educator get trained to use PREPARE/ENRICH?

Facilitators must attend one of our PREPARE/ENRICH Workshops held throughout the country. The 1-day training includes all the materials you will need to get started using PREPARE/ENRICH in your community, as well as a complimentary online scoring credit.

How does a Professional Counselor get trained to use PREPARE/ENRICH?

Professional Counselors may either attend a one-day Workshop on PREPARE/ENRICH or register for Self Training. Both the Workshop and the Self-Training include all the materials you will need to get started, as well as a complimentary scoring credit.

Find a Workshop Near You

What is the cost of PREPARE/ENRICH?

The cost for the Inventory scoring can vary. Clergy do not always charge for their premarital or marital services, but Professional Counselors do charge for these services, so you should be sure to check with the facilitator for the final cost to you.

Ready to take PREPARE/ENRICH?

Discover your strengths as a couple.  Identify and learn to overcome your issues.

Find a PREPARE ENRICH Facilitator

Outside the U.S.?  See our International Offices

Training Workshops
to Become a Facilitator

With PREPARE/ENRICH day-long workshops for counselors, clergy, or mentors, you'll get thorough training on the program, providing you with the skills you need to use our relationship assessment most effectively.  7 CEUs Available "for an additional fee", check availability

Find a Workshop Near You

Online Self-Training

If you are unable to find a workshop in your area or prefer to learn online, you can register for PREPARE/ENRICH
Online Self-Training.


Marriage Mentor Program

Marriage Mentors Talking to Couple

Once your church or community has a trained and certified PREPARE/ENRICH professional, you might consider establishing a Marriage Mentor Program to help premarital couples get more preparation or married couples get the assistance they need for healthier relationships.

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