The Way Education and Counseling Center, LLC

Couples counseling


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.


We provide Couples Counseling 

Using Prepare
 Enrich with Re-Marriages

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.

Married Couples in Blended Families

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

Using Prepare/Enrich with Remarriages (Brief Overview)
Couples Counseling

What relationship areas are assessed by the Inventory/quiz?

  • 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

We offer Couples Counseling in Houston, Texas and via skype!

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). 
For more information about research with the PREPARE/ENRICH Inventory, view Research Articles


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.

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New Parenting Version of

PREPARE/ENRICH coming in 2013!

We are excited to announce our professional development team is making great progress on a new customized version of PREPARE/ENRICH designed specifically for parenting.

Leveraging the family systems work of  Dr. David Olson and parenting researcher, Dr. Murray Strauss, this new tool
will help parents look deeply at their family system as it assesses individual, couple, parent, and family dimensions. Stay tuned for more information to  come in 2013.

Professionals and Clergy who Love PREPARE/ENRICH

"Great and efficient resource; thought it was worth every penny; want to use it for my own marriage."

6575 West Loop S, Suite 500
Bellaire, TX 77401
Ph#: 832-324-9322

Email: Lcampbell@weccounseling.com

Research on Effectiveness of the PREPARE/ENRICH Program

PREPARE Outcome Study: 
Individual vs. Group Feedback - 2011  (click here)

To further advance our understanding of the efficacy of inventory-based premarital education programs, this study examined whether the effects of the PREPARE program varied by delivery format.  Following participation in the program, engaged couples exhibited positive gains in knowledge, felt more confident in their relationship, engaged in more positive conflict management behaviors, and felt more satisfied with their relationship.  No differences were found between participants who completed a series of conjoint sessions versus a 1-day group workshop.  These findings highlight the robustness of premarital education and suggest group workshops can have similar effectiveness as the more prevalent conjoint sessions.  

Complete Study published in Marriage & Family Journal - 2003
 (click here)

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