Based on over 30 years of research into relationship dynamics, PREP 8.0 is the most current version of our flagship couples curriculum.
In the early 1990s, when PREP curriulum was first developed, we began with the leader guide prompting topics simply through bullet points, it was lecture oriented and fit the day. The current edition of PREP 8.0 now contains videos, activities, discussion questions, and more. While maintaining all of the core themes of the PREP Approach, there are many refinements, including:
The PREP 8.0 Leader Guide has bullets that will provide you with the overall teaching points and additional script that you can use to guide you through making those points clearly. Advanced facilitators do not teach directly from the script, but it is a good resource when you are first beginning to facilitate workshops.
The language, content and examples provided in the Leader Guide addresses committed couples, who may or may not be married and is often used as a prevention curriculum.
The PREP 8.0 participant guides are individually-bound manuals - one for each unit. They are each eight-page, full-color, staple-bound participant guides. You can order the full series of participant guides or you can order participant guides for a particular unit. This provides facilitators with increased flexibility when it comes to content delivery and when it comes to working within specific time constraints.
There are several new videos that include real couples discussing their real issues. Those videos were filmed and produced in 2015 and we did our best to capture issues that are relevant for today's couples.
In addition to new videos, we also have a mix of media including illustrated lectures, animations and some live lecture videos that help to make valuable teaching points while keeping participants engaged.
We've added three units! Speaker Listener II: Help couples be more successful using the Speaker Listener Technique with this opportunity to practice the Technique—at a more advanced level—around three common relationship Issues: Home Life, Cultural/Family Difference, and Relationship Priority/Partner Support. Relationship Roadmap: In addition to the Personal Roadmap of participants’ individual journey to better understand who and how we are in our relationship, this unit asks couples to map their couple journey—both the past and the future –in order to help them Decide what they want their future to look like. Navigating Complex Families: More and more couples are navigating complex family dynamics (stepfamily and co-parenting relationships). This new unit helps couples respectfully and productively discuss their expectations, learn tips from the experts in the field, and develop a plan for keeping their relationship a priority despite the complexities.
A word about adaptations due to the pandemic
As an organization, we have found that allour curricula have been working well for groups doing virtual workshops. We offer technical assistance on this subject and many others to help providersget the most out of what they are able to do in the virtual space.
Our participant materials are designed to be an essential part of the learning experience, with many places where participants respond to questions and reflect on themes taught in the curriculum.
Over the pandemic, we have discovered that there is no suitable digital replacement for these materials. We have had considerable success encouraging programs providing workshops virtually to provide the physical participant materials to those they serve (e.g., mailing them out, or having people pick them up at a community center, or delivering them by hand).
This allows participants to have this crucial resource as well as not be distracted by another digital input while attending a workshop virtually (e.g., via ZOOM).
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