The PREP Approach in Couples Therapy

How to use core PREP principles in Therapy. Receive 12 CE Hours with this Course!

Learn research-based skills and strategies that will make you a more effective couples therapist.

This online training, which consists of the best footage from two prior in-person events, is a masterclass by internationally recognized scholars Howard Markman Ph.D., Scott Stanley Ph.D., and Galena Rhoades Ph.D. Their insights and commitment to sound research have led to advances in many areas of marital and relationship health, including communication, conflict management, and commitment. In this training, participants will learn how to use PREP’s evidence-based strategies in couple therapy. While PREP was designed as a psycho-educational program, the key concepts are particularly potent, and easy to use, in the context of therapy with couples or individuals. The skills taught in this online training significantly augment major couple therapy approaches, including Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT), and Cognitive Behavioral Couple Therapy (CBCT).


Who will benefit from this training?

  • Therapists who work with couples
  • Therapists who work with individuals for whom relationship issues are a core reason for seeking therapy
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Counselors, Chaplains, and Clergy who regularly work with couples in crisis or counseling

What can you expect to learn?

How to increase your ability to help couples . . .

  • Communicate with emotional safety—to talk without fighting
  • Protect their relationships from conflicts that damage closeness
  • Deepen commitment, nurture a vision for a future together, and become more decisional—to decide, not slide
  • Keep fun and friendship alive

Additionally you will learn . . .

  • How to apply specific skills and strategies to help your clients understand and deepen their relationships
  • How to expand your toolbox to meet the challenges couples present to you in your practice
  • Tools that are easy to deploy in ways that will reduce your stress working with couples
  • How to diagnose commitment, starting with the history of how a couple developed and what it means for the desire to make needed changes
  • How to help couples (and individuals in their relationships) learn to start deciding and stop sliding in their relationships


Receive 12 CE hours with this course!

*For those interested in CE hours, you must complete 100% of this course.*



About PREP:

PREP is arguably the most successfully disseminated, empirically based approach to helping couples. PREP utilizes clear and specific strategies for building emotional safety, managing issues and conflict effectively, deepening the positive bonds of friendship, and strengthening their commitment to a future together.


The Prevention and Relationship Education Program (PREP) is a research-based approach to teaching couples how to communicate effectively, work as a team to solve problems, manage conflicts without damaging closeness, and preserve and enhance commitment and friendship.

The PREP Approach is based on 40 years of research in the field of relationship health and success, with much of the specific research conducted at the University of Denver and funded by NIH (i.e., The National Institute of Mental Health and The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development).

PREP is empirically informed - meaning that, to the extent possible, the strategies of PREP are based on the growing body of research on relationship and family health. PREP is also empirically tested. PREP has been studied intensively, including long-term outcome studies by at least nine different research teams in six different countries. Further, the program is regularly refined based on the latest research.

PREP, Inc. is a vehicle that Howard Markman and Scott Stanley founded to disseminate research-based strategies to help people in their most important relationships.


Your Instructor


Howard Markman, Galena Rhoades, Scott Stanley
Howard Markman, Galena Rhoades, Scott Stanley

Your instructors for this course are internationally recognized scholars and sought-after speakers in their areas of expertise. They will be your guides through this engaging course that was filmed before live audiences. In addition to their research and dissemination work, all three have worked extensively with couples in private practice.

Howard Markman Ph.D. is a professor of psychology at the University of Denver and a co-owner of PREP, Inc. He is an accomplished scholar with an extensive history of publishing and speaking in the field of relationships and prevention, with a deep background in research on communication and conflict management. He is a widely sought expert on marriage and romantic relationships, such as on Oprah, The Today Show, and in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Washington Post, Redbook, Men's Health, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Howard Markman founded the PREP approach to bring the best of what research has to offer into strategies to help couples succeed in reaching their aspirations in life. He has co-authored 12 books including, We Can Work It Out, 12 Hours to a Great Marriage and the best seller, Fighting For Your Marriage.

Scott Stanley Ph.D. is a research professor in the department of psychology at the University of Denver and a co-owner of PREP, Inc. He is widely published, and is a noted scholar in the areas of commitment, couple development, and the prevention of relationship distress. He authors the popular blog "Sliding vs Deciding" highlighting research insights about commitment and relationship development. He has appeared in a wide range of major broadcast and print media, where he is sought as a relationship expert on marriage and cohabitation. Dr. Stanley has appeared in USA Today, Psychology Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Daily Mail, and many others, and on shows such as 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, and Fox News. And has authored/co-authored many books, including Fighting for Your Marriage, The Power of Commitment & A Lasting Promise.

Galena Rhoades Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and a research professor at University of Denver. She has published extensively and is widely known as an expert in relationship development, cohabitation, prevention, and program evaluation. She is internationally sought after as an expert on relationships by the media, including in her area of expertise regarding cohabitation. She is well-known for having developed and co-authored education curricula and programs about healthy relationships and making decisions in relationships that are used worldwide. She recently co-authored the "Before I Do" report for the National Marriage Project, which received wide press coverage. Along with appearances on Good Morning America, NPR, and FOX31 Denver, Dr. Rhoades also has been interviewed by Huffington Post, USA Today, the Atlantic, and the New York Times. In her private practice, she specializes in therapy with couples, particularly unmarried couples.

Howard Markman and Scott Stanley are owners of the PREP companies. PREP, Inc. is the company that brings this training to you.


Course Curriculum


  The History of PREP.
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  Relationships Today
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  Safety Theory
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  The Three Keys
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  Problem Solving
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  Events, Issues & Hidden Issues
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  XYZ-Statements
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  Commitment Formation
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  Cohabitation and Formation of Commitment
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  Asymmetry and Ambiguity in Relationships
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  Expectations
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  Effective Homework Strategies
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  Congrats! You are finished! What's next?
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Upon completing this course, you will be a Certified PREP 8.0 Facilitator. With this Certification, you will have access to all of our PREP 8.0 materials. For more information, please visit www.PREPinc.com or give us a call at 1-800-366-0166



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and ends 6 months after enrolling! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
6 months. After enrolling, you will have a 6-month access to this course - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
 

The PREP Approach in Couples Therapy

How to use core PREP principles in Therapy. Receive 12 CE Hours with this Course!