One common challenge in working with couples is connecting with both partners and their relationship. For men, another interesting outcome of providing feedback is that men particularly like the objective nature of the assessment.
Assessment is a critical component of most professions but professionals working with couples or families have often failed to take advantage of these assessments. Physicians typically run a variety of diagnostic tests before they make their final decision on treatment. Teachers use examinations to determine a students achievement level. Police Officers use radar to determine the speed a car is driving. Engineers use stress tests to determine whether a structure will be functional for the task.
Following on from last weeks post, the following are ten ways that couple assessment can increase the impact of any marriage or family education program:
- 8. Assessment provides an objective way to connect with each couple and men particularly like the concrete results.
- A major advantage of the assessment is that it helps the professional (counselor, mentor, educator etc) connect with the couple by demonstrating that they know them more personally after a short period of contact. For men, many have commented that it is more relevant to them when there are quantitative scores and specific issues rather than general comments.
Couple assessment has the potential to fast track the connection between couples and the facilitator.
Tune in next week… Read about the 10 ways Couple Assessment can improve your relationship education program.
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