Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2024

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Aaron Suomala Folkherds and Jessica Brown


premarital, relationship, program, education, group manual


Relationship education programs were developed in the 1970s (Markman et al., 2013). Relationships and marriage require continual self-growth, learning opportunities, and partnership. This literature review discusses current marriage and divorce rates, approaches used in marriage counseling, effectiveness and limitations of premarital counseling, and techniques used during group counseling programs. Also included is an overview of a premarital psychoeducational and skills couples group along with the weekly sessions laid out with objectives, discussion topics, group and partner exercises, and handouts. The information utilized in the premarital couples group is derived from John and Julie Gottman’s Sound Relationship House Theory, as well as interventions based on CBT, Narrative Therapy, EFT approaches and ideas from PREPARE/ENRICH. The Relationship Assessment Scale (RAS) will be administered as a pre and post program evaluation to assess the effectiveness of the premarital couples psychoeducation and skills group.



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