About Us

PREP provides resources for those who teach relationship education:

PREP, Inc creates practical materials that help facilitators (made up of volunteers, teachers, mental health professionals, clergy, and more) to modify or enhance those dimensions of relationships that research and theory have linked to effective marital functioning. Using techniques of cognitive-behavioral marital therapy and communication-oriented marital enhancement programs, PREP aims to help couples maintain high levels of functioning and prevent marital problems from developing.  Topics covered include communication, conflict management, commitment, friendship, sensuality, problem-solving, and emotional supportiveness, among others. PREP curricula generally contain anywhere from 8 to 14 hours of relationship education content and are usually conducted in a group workshop format.

The PREP approach is based on over 30 years of research:

The PREP approach is based on over 30 years of research in the field of relationship health, with much of the research conducted at the University of Denver, and sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health. This means that PREP’s trainings and workshops are delivered with a seal of integrity that can be trusted.

The PREP approach has been delivered and evaluated globally:

As of June 2013, an estimated 1,000 sites have implemented the intervention, including military bases, prisons, universities, and religious organizations. Twelve sites have been evaluated for outcomes, with about 2,000 couples participating in those evaluations. Evaluations have been conducted with the U.S. Army and in Australian and German implementation sites. Approximately 300,000 individuals have participated in PREP or adaptations of PREP.

Awards & Recognition for PREP curricula:



PREP has been reviewed by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

There are currently only 345 interventions listed that have both been reviewed by NREPP and have met their standards for evidence-based curricula.

PREP has been listed in the registry for several years now, and NREPP re-reviewed the evidence basis for PREP in 2013 and updated the information in the registry. http://www.nrepp.samhsa.gov/ViewIntervention.aspx?id=326


The Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine released a report, Frontiers for Preventive Intervention Research, which singled out the most promising, empirically based approaches to prevention currently available in various domains.  The PREP program was one of only six programs in the adult category to be included.


30+ years of Highly-Competitive

& Nationally-Recognized Scientific Research:

Based on over 30 years of basic science and outcome research in the field of marital health and success, including many studies conducted at the University of Denver and funded by the National Institute of Mental Health or the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (in the form of various grants awarded to Dr. Howard Markman, Dr. Scott Stanley, Dr. Galena Rhoades, and their colleagues –funding does not imply endorsement).