Pre-marital counseling.

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  1. El_Guero

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    Has anyone used solid material for pre-marital counseling? I was asked in passing if I would consider doing a marriage out of state . . . and I would only officiate on behalf of them and God if I can be certain that I could lead them through a good and solid Christian pre-marital counseling workbook.

    Any recommendations?
     
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    I don't have a workbook, but a very good set of discussion questions...
    I asked a question sorta like this a few months ago here on BB, about what questions, and subjects to bring up, and it was a very useful thread to me.... I put together my material based on my experience and the experience of my brothers and sisters here on BB....

    I think it was in the General discussions section, because I wanted input from everyone.... If you can find it, it may have some valuable resources...

    Hold on, I'll look for it...
     
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    Thanks!!!

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    Just read the other thread - good stuff!

    I like to meet with the couple one at a time and ask them the same questions, and then bring them together and go over the answers. This often brings some things into focus!

    The downside of doing weddings - I hate being lied to, and some folks that want to get married seem to do that often!
     
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    As a full-time counselor, I have a set of notes based on Howard Eyrich's "Three to Get Ready."
     
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    I have always liked the workbook Before You Say I Do by H. Norman Wright and Wes Roberts
     
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    ours is custom done using multiple resources. we put it all together in a folder-type notebook to work through. We meet 5 times - the last one being the week before the wedding.

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    In our ministry, we plan a minimum of six sessions. If there is a particular problem or concern (the parents opposing the union, etc.), or if the marriage is a second or subsequent marriage for either or both, it takes longer. We had one counseling which took several months (age difference, multiple marriages, parental objection, financial problems, etc).
     
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    yikes! we also would have more counselling in those cases. sometimes we've encouraged a couple to even postpone the wedding if we feel they aren't ready. kind of tough to do but if they're serious and want a marriage that might work, they'll listen.
     
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    My problem with Eyrich is that he recommends the Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis (T-JTA) test, Trait Factor Inventory, and Sex Awareness Inventory as instruments in pre-marital counseling. These are flies in the ointment. He mixes unsound secular thinking with Biblical teaching. IMHO, this leads to confusion because people tend to accept all these things as valid. I will argue long and hard that these instruments are based on faulty Jungian concepts. Let's stick with the Word of God as sufficient in these matters.
     
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    we use the tjta in our counselling and have found it very helpful
     
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    I don't use that stuff. As I said, the format is based on Eyrich's book (the basic outline, etc.), and we have developed a set of notes on relevant biblical passages.

    If I had the money, I'd publish my own notes!
     
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    And electronic copy would be greatly appreciated.

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    Two of the ones I've heard frequently used are "Before You Say I Do" Which has already been suggested, and the second is "Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts" by Dr. Les Parrott III and Dr. Leslie Parrott.
     
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    i don't remember which book it was but i think it was one from the parrotts that we looked into that was very sketchy. it recommened .... let's term it "self satisfaction" before marriage to know what feels good - and for a man to "practice" - or some such thing (it was a long time ago when we looked at it - atleast 7 years ago). NOT something we chose to use.
     
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    Great ideas everyone!

    Keep them coming!

    Wayne
     
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    Clinical psychology

    Roswell H. Johnson devised the TJA from his clinical experience. The problem with clinical results if that they tend to be shaped by one's own philosophy and interpreted the way one wants them to be. Although the T-TJA has some supposed statistical backing, the construct is deficient and any mathemtics serves only to correlate the parts and their function within the TJA paradigm. In other words, there is no real validity outside the conceptual framework of the TJA, which is based on Jungian concepts antithetical to fundamental Christian beliefs.

    Now, may I ask how the T-TJA is helpful in your counseling? Do you have any observable and verifiable data? What is the standard for comparison? May I suggest the usefulness and value of such instruments is often faith or confidence in the instrument itself? In other words, when one believes an instrument works or is useful, then it seems to work for him or her. Thus, we are led to question the real value of such a tool. Do you have any real evidence to the contrary?
     
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    Well, when we get the results, look at them together and see if there's any area where they can see possible difficulty between the two of them. the test did show for one couple a huge difference in their social needs and it HAS proven to be an area of strife,but they also look back and know that they are wired differently in that area and have worked through it w/us. having discussed it early on, and being aware of that was very helpful. just one example.



     
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    An art, not a science

    Was this observable from talking with them or doing a personal inventory?
     

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