The Counseling Center is set to revamp its six session pre-marital counseling chapel series, Prepare/Enrich, for engaged or soon-to-be engaged couples.
Interns from the Marriage and Family Institute and School of Psychology will lead the series. The couples will attend six workshop sessions together, with two follow-up sessions in which each couple will meet for couples’ therapy with the team of interns.
“There are so many things that I believe couples should get to know about themselves and the person they are marrying,” said Tyson Alexander, assistant director of the Counseling Care Center. “I am hoping that the students who get to go through this series will learn more about what it is like to be a couple.”
Throughout the series, couples will learn more about each other through a variety of topics to maintain strong communication with one another. The six topics are Strength and Growth Areas, Communication and Conflict Resolution, Roles & Finances, Spiritual Beliefs, Sex and Closeness, Flexibility and Family Origin.
Alexander said that the reason behind the workshop is to put critical and core issues in front of you to discuss now, rather than struggle through them during the early years of marriage.
The workshop was designed to help couples understand themselves and their partners by setting a foundation for the relationship to grow.
“This is such a beautiful way to begin the journey of marriage with your partner,” Alexander said. “You are communicating to each other that your relationship is important and that it is going to take work, and that you are willing to put in the work to make your relationship stronger.”
Students who attend the workshop will receive a certificate that will give them a $60 discount on their Texas marriage license.