Using couple assessment can be extremely beneficial in that group programs can be tailored to match the overall group needs whilst giving the group leaders the opportunity to understand individual couples needs and issues prior to the group session.
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:
- 9. Group Summary results can help a group leader tailor the program to the needs and issues of the couples.
- One advantage of an inventory like the Couple Checkup (which is the light version of PREPARE/ENRICH), is that the leader can obtain a Group Summary Report that provides in-depth information about the couple.
- The report describes the couple strengths and problematic issues for the couples in the group. In addition to summary scores, it also identifies specific items and the percentage agreement on the items. By sharing this concrete information, the couples feel that they have more in common with each other and they also feel more understood. Also, the group leader can adjust the program to the needs of the group rather than just presenting the same program for all couples.
Using couple assessment gives couples the opportunity to think about their relationship prior to the group session and give vets the group leaders the opportunity to adjust the group program to match the overall group needs. Group leaders also have the opportunity to understand individual couples needs and issues prior to the group session.
Tune in next week… Read about the 10 ways Couple Assessment can improve your relationship education program.
PREPARE/ENRICH is a customised online assessment tool that identifies each couples unique strength and growth areas. Based on their assessment results, a facilitator provides feedback sessions, helping couples to discuss and understand their results while teaching them proven relationship skills.
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