Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

Living Edition
| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

PREPARE/ENRICH Enrichment Program

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_378-1

Name of Model



The PREPARE/ENRICH program has two components: a customized couple inventory and a skill-building program for premarital and married couples. It is one of the most widely used programs for premarital and marital counseling and education, and more than 100,000 professionals (including marital and family therapists, social workers, clergy, psychologists, and other counseling professionals) have been trained and use the PREPARE/ENRICH assessment and program. This is because PREPARE/ENRICH is an efficient, reliable, and valid assessment of a wide range of interpersonal, personality, couple, and family characteristics. Over 4 million couples have benefited from the program, which includes 3.5 million couples from the United States and half a million couples from ten other countries.

PREPARE/ENRICH (PE) contains both an online couple assessment and a semi-structured feedback process for counseling and/or education. The online couple...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Family Social ScienceUniversity of MinnesotaSt. PaulUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Heather Pederson
    • 1
  • Diana Semmelhack
    • 2
  1. 1.Council for RelationshipsPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Midwestern UniversityDowners GroveUSA