These young couples seek relationship skills, tools and guidelines. It's the prime time to teach them and raise their awareness to help them break any negative family cycles and to give them a fighting chance to succeed.
Help them create family stability for their children to enjoy and pass down to the next generation.
“According to a study published in the Journal of Family Psychology, couples who attend Pre Marriage courses enjoy happier marriages than those who don’t. They’re also less likely to separate or get divorced”
IF YOU ACT NOW AND TAKE THE LEAD YOU CAN BE THE FIRST THERAPIST IN YOUR COMMUNITY TO OFFER THIS VALUABLE SERVICE
Cate has strategically designed a complete system for you to implement with couples who are in the early stages of relationship commitment
It’s a complete service that will benefit a large niche market of couples who want to start on the right foot but often have nowhere to turn for customized help
These couples will relish the opportunity to do this unique course that is tailored to their specific needs
Your contribution is invaluable to lowering the divorce rate and improving family stability
You don’t need any other training to deliver this course. You can do all of this with the couples therapy training you already have just by implementing the system Cate has designed to bring focus and direction to your work
Cate has specialized in couples therapy for over 20 years and is an experienced trainer and supervisor.
She has been running this Relationship Marriage Preparation course for over 17 years and has delivered it 100's of times.This course has been tested, refined and tested again in the arena where it most counts. something interesting about your business here.
Being a couples therapist gives you a huge advantage over other facilitators and puts you in a strong position because:
HERE'S WHAT'S INCLUDED IN CATE'S RELATIONSHIP MARRIAGE PREP COURSE:
THE MULTI FUNCTIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE
80 questions in 13 key relationship areas
FOUR PDF TEMPLATES – THAT ARE CUSTOMIZABLE AND AUTOMATICALLY FILLABLE
These cover everything you need to launch this service which saves you a great deal of work and time - simply add your name, contact details, payment instructions etc. The templates include:
1. Course information for your website, and to give to your clients
2. A letter of instruction and booking confirmation
3. The questionnaire
4. A certificate of completion
SIX COURSE HANDOUTS
A ‘keepsake’ to help your couple stay on track, reinforce what they learned on their course and more. They are also valuable teaching guides for you
1. Guidelines to Happy Relationships
2. Good Relationship Exercises
3. Tips for Healthy Communication
5. How 'To Be' in a Difficult Discussion/Situation
6. Useful links that reinforce good relationship skills
THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU TO DELIVER TO:
*Engaged Couples *Newly Weds *Couples Considering Commitment:
The Marriage Prep course is a powerful tool. I love the material and can’t wait to get working on a marketing message to get the word out! I just completed 4 additional appointments with a couple who were so intrigued with what they learned in the course that they wanted to keep coming back to learn more. I'm happy with my investment in the Marriage Prep course and so are my couples! It's incredible value.
Gail Nelson, M. Ed., LPC Fargo, North Dakota
Had my first couple and it went really well. I just went through it all. It’s so fantastic! I love the thoroughness of all the areas you covered Cate, it just really gives the couple a good overview of what they need to be thinking about. I loved it and I’m definitely all in to purchase it and make use of it at our Centre. I think it could expand our market and provide a much-needed service.
Sue Diamond Director Founder The Good Life Therapy Centre
Thank you so much, Cate, for making your "grab and go" Marriage Prep course available. It provides a simple, yet structured and thorough way to guide couples in creating a strong foundation for their future relationship. I am excited to add this program to the services offered in my practice. And I recommend it highly to any couples therapists wanting to help couples in some new ways."
Dr. Anne Goshen Certified Gottman Therapist Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist
*See Anne's Video Testimonial below
I love Cate’s Marriage Prep course package! Not only does it include a comprehensive questionnaire that goes through important topics, but you also get the Cate’s well written and concise ‘keepsake’ handouts to give to your couple to reinforce your course. I think it’s a beautiful resource for couples of all kinds and an immense value for the therapist and the many couples they will share it with. You can also tailor it to your own style and teaching moments during the course. Cate’s templates are real time savers for the therapist, and her course instructions were easy to follow and convey confidently to my pre-marriage couples.
Lori J Collins, M.S., MFT – Marriage and Family Therapist in Redwood City, California
I was delighted when I received my materials and experienced how simple it was to prepare to meet with my first clients. The Assessment was thorough and quickly highlighted the specific areas that my couple needed to focus on. This is an excellent investment both in my practice and in helping couples get off to a good start early in their relationship commitment . I want to thank Cate for making her years of experience available and I look forward to helping many couples build their relationships on a more solid foundation.
Anne Evans-Cazier, LCSW Salt Lake City, UT www.ResilientChild.com
Read Cate’s personal story and how this Relationship Marriage Prep Course became the heart of her practice
It all began with her failed marriage.......
‘We had everything except for the skills to cope with the challenges that came after the honeymoon stage. No guidelines on how to transition into a healthy mature relationship. Three beautiful children and 13 years later we separated, with sadness, grief, anger, and shame. Where did it all go wrong? Well, it began with my parent's poor marriage and ultimate divorce. For my ex-husband, it began with being sent abroad to boarding school aged 6, before he could tie his shoelaces.
If only someone had given us a road map as young adults, taught us what we hadn’t learned growing up, and continued to be just an appointment away when needed. We could have been prepared for the inevitable relationship pitfalls and given our children more relationship stability to pass on to their children...our grandchildren.
My passion for helping couples was borne from this failed marriage and my quest to understand where and how things went wrong. The answers came through my own counseling experience. One penny after another dropped. What I discovered made so much sense and it wasn’t rocket science! But I had to learn what makes a good relationship because as much as I loved my parents, their communication was poor, their conflict resolution skills a disaster, and their teamwork virtually non-existent...so how was I to know?
Early on in my career as a couples counselor I particularly wanted to give young couples starting on their journey of commitment focused skills and relationship guidelines to give them a fighting chance to succeed. Especially those, like me, who didn’t learn the skills from their parents or at school.
And more than that: I wanted them to know and feel they always had a safe place to come back to whenever they needed help. This course is usually their first experience in relationship counseling. It’s important to make a warm, insightful connection leaving them with the memorable experience of learning skills and insights that personally helped their unique relationship. Your experience as a couple’s counselor and knowledge of couples dynamics helps you pick up potential issues as you read through their answers on the strategically structured questionaries before you meet...and more as you get to know them on the course. This is why I am only recommending this course to those with training in couples work because they have the perfect edge for running this course.
One thing I have learned is my marriage prep clients are loyal. They are a stable part of my couples therapy practice, they helped build my reputation, are a great referral source and they come back whenever they need help.
The reason I want to share my story with you is to help you understand why this Relationship/Marriage Prep Course is close to my heart. And why I am passionate about passing this on to you to extend its reach.
Everything you need is included in this package. I have designed this course especially for those with training in couples work to use and implement.
Your training in stands you in good stead for working with marriage prep clients. You'll know what contributes to relationship breakdown and can teach your couples skills to avoid these pitfalls. The questionnaire provides you with a means of pre-assessment and is a core structure to follow to keep you on track. If you have further questions just email me, I would love to help.
If you have had training in couples counseling then yes you are. If you haven't yet had much experience working with couples this is a good place to start. Follow the guidelines I have given you and use the structure of the questionnaires to keep you on track. Keep the sessions warm and focus on teaching them skills in areas that seem most significant to them.
My guidelines, suggested interventions and links to resources are useful for marriage preps and are there to assist you. Integrate your own style and professional expertise to help raise their awareness and guide your couple where they most need it.
Yes, you can but please do keep my copyright lines and logo intact.
Yes you can if they are in the early stages of a committed relationship, engaged or newlywed. What I say is "now that I know you both a bit better I think you would benefit from doing my Relationship/ Marriage Prep Course because ...."
If more than one professional in your organization want to use this product with clients, please use the contact us form to inquire about our cost-saving corporate packages.
I read them through and make notes of anything particular that stands out. I particularly note each of their limitations, anything they find hard to talk to each other about, any unresolved issues for example how did they resolve their first major argument? How comfortable are they doing things apart? Sometimes they will only give you very brief answers, but as you go through more answers on the questionnaires more of their dynamic unfolds. They are generally motivated, eager to learn, and open up as they relax into the session.
Not necessarily. You can also paraphrase their answers or paraphrase a whole section then invite open discussion on that section. Some of the questions elicit similar answers by design. This is to help them relax into developing their responses as they move through the questionnaire. Some people give very full answers to start with, or your discussion may elicit a full response. This can mean questions further down have already been covered so you can skip by these. Don't worry if you don't cover everything. The handouts and links complete the course and back up the relationship sections included in the questionnaire.
If you have had some training in couples dynamics and experience working with couples then you could deliver this course. If you want further training to increase your confidence and understanding of couples counseling I would highly recommend doing the level 1 online training in the Bader Pearson Developmental Model of Couples Therapy. You can do this at your own pace.
If you are working with an agency then check with them on their policy around keeping client notes. If you have your own practice then you can keep them in a safe place. This is a good time to let your couple know that you will be there for them if ever they need help in the future. Give them the option. I say “I normally keep the marriage prep questionnaires because many couples do come back for ongoing help periodically....it could be years later.” Ask them if they are ok with that? I assure them they never leave my safekeeping and that no information is shared with 3rd parties.
You could. But remember this is primarily a skills psycho-education course designed to explore how the couple is managing each area of their relationship now and offering them tools, skills and guidlines where most needed.
You could offer them a part two marriage/prep course and tailor this to either:
Or you could offer them some regular counseling sessions.
Be clear about what you are offering if they come back for further help.
This is yours forever! You will recoup the cost in just one or two bookings!
Marriage prep clients are quick to refer you to others, help build your reputation, and are your future clients
You can offer a part two of this course, or annual follow up booster courses, or regular counseling as and when required
Imagine what might happen when word gets around this large niche market about this unique opportunity
Imagine the pleasure of working with these refreshing couples who are motivated and eager to learn
Imagine the long term impact on your business when these loyal clients rave about you to others and come back to you for any future help they need
So if you want to work with motivated clients, increase your income, and develop a steady stream of referrals, this marriage/relationship preparation course is one of the quickest and most enjoyable ways to get there
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“This is a great course and helped us to understand each other more and connect on a deeper level- I highly recommend it!”
“This course is a must as most of us don't really have a healthy guide on how to develop ourselves and our relationships. It's the key to start working on your relationship early and with the right tools”
“What a great bargain as an investment in your future relationship. Have your eyes opened and learn what's needed to build a strong relationship''
“It really helped us to decide on how to incorporate the positive while avoiding the negative in our pasts. Both our parents had issues that impacted on us as individuals. It was good to talk about this and to think about what we didn't want to bring into our relationship from our families of origin"
“Whether you are getting married, thinking about getting married, or if you're married already, this course will benefit you. It helps bring up conversation pieces that every couple needs to discuss”
“This is a great marriage preparation course. It's practical, insightful, and most of all, relevant. If you are looking to lay the long-term foundations for a happy marriage, I would highly recommend doing this”