Free Approved Relationship Education Courses
Anxiously Engaged is a brief educational workshop designed to help engaged couples increase their understanding of the marriage commitment they are making and strengthen the foundations of their relationship. It is specifically designed for couples who are believing members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Dr. Alan Hawkins
- Kathryn Pond Sargent
- Tamara Gilliland
For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creating a Lasting Love: BYU Premarital Workshop
This premarital workshop focuses on four themes:
Couples are expected to attend all 5 sessions. At least on partner in the couple must be a BYU student qualify to take the course free.
- What does a healthy relationship look like?
- Communication and handling conflict positively: Do you want to be right or do you want to be married?
- Healthy sexuality in marriage: The talk your parents wanted to have with you
- Unity: Equal partnership and defining dreams of what you both want your marriage to be about
Couple LINKS - Healthy Relationships Utah
This free research-based course is offered in a group setting with both virtual and in-person options, and covers topics such as intimacy and romantic love, developing and maintaining trust, forgiveness, resiliency and commitment, and more. For information on class times and locations here!
ePREP Online Relationship Education Course
Engaged Utah couples can receive a code for free access to the ePREP online relationship education curriculum HERE.
Smart Steps for Step Families
Stepfamilies can be successful! This free 7-session course meets once a week for two hours and is for dating, cohabitating, or remarried couples or individuals who have a child or children from a previous relationship.
In each session, you'll cover topics like life changes, handling emotion, communication, and navigating conflict. In the last half hour of each session, you'll learn a specific component of the lesson to teach your child(ren).
Continued government funding of this free Healthy Relationship Utah course depends on course completion, so please plan to attend all sessions. Virtual and in-person options are available.
Utah Valley University Stronger Families Project
The Stronger Families Project (SFP) is a nationally and internationally recognized parenting and family strengthening program for families and is taught through UVU at locations throughout Utah County. Stronger Families Project classes and events.
For Charge Approved Relationship Education Courses
Before We Say "I Do": Seven Essential Principles to Building Your Forever Together
This online course is designed to help couples who are engaged to be married prepare for their married life together. Couples will explore a variety of topics such as expectations for marriage, managing finances as a newlywed couple, managing conflict, transitioning to marital sexual intimacy, and keeping your love alive.
Note: This approved premarital course is designed for couples affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and it uses religious references.
Building a Lasting Connection
Based on the latest attachment and education research the Building a Lasting Connection® Program is designed to provide couples with the essential components their relationships need to build a lasting love that will stay strong to weather the storms of life.
Topics include building a secure attachment, effective communication, dealing with differences, developing a healthy intimate and sexual relationship, making and supporting each other's goals.
Catholic Engaged Encounter
Catholic Engaged Encounter is an investment in the future: A weekend in which an atmosphere is created for each couple to concentrate exclusively on one another, free of the tensions, pressures and interruptions of daily living. A series of presentations, led by a team of married couples (and sometimes a Priest), encourage the engaged couple to privately discuss many aspects of marriage (including their ambitions, goals, and attitudes about God, money, sex, children, and family; their strengths and weaknesses, and their role in Church and society) from the perspective of their own relationship.
Catholic Marriage Prep Online
Offered in English, Spanish and French, work one-on-one with a certified instructor couple at your own pace (up to 3 months). Online worksheets foster conversation between the couple and are followed up with personalized feedback from their instructors.
Couples needing to complete the online marriage preparation in less than four weeks may sign up for an expedited “Urgent Care program”
Sarah Maxfield, CFLE, SSW
Sarah Maxfield is an approved PREP 8.0 educator. Sarah runs this 6-week program, 2 hours a week, and also offers a compressed course for those seeking the minimum hours for the Marriage Education Discount. Topics include managing anger and stress, commitment, and problem solving.
Cost: PREP is $50 per couple for supplies, and $25 per couple for the class.
To sign up for classes with Sarah, you can contact her at email@example.com
College & University Courses that Qualify for MED
Brigham Young University
SFL 223 - Preparation for Marriage
SFL 200 - Eternal Families
@ BYU Provo Campus & BYU Salt Lake Center*
*You do not need to be a registered BYU student to sign up. Get started!
Southern Utah University
FLHD 2400 -Marriage and Family Relations
FLHD 4250 - Marital Problems and Solutions
HFST 2400 - Family Relations
Approved MED Curriculum
The Marriage Survival educational curriculum includes a series of lessons that are taught in an interactive way to help couples strengthen their relationships.
The first edition of this PREP curriculum was developed in the early 1990's. PREP Version 8.0 is the most current version of that flagship curriculum for couples.
Within Our Reach
Within Our Reach is a curriculum designed to help couples overcome barriers and develop positive communication skills. It is based on extensive testing and feedback from couples and those in the community who worked with them.
The Strongest Link
The Strongest Link curriculum is intended for use in many ways that can serve to teach skills and provide support for couples.
The LINKS (Lasting Intimacy through Nurturing Knowledge & Skills) Program is a five-session secular curriculum that certified instructors can teach. Each session is based on a two-hour teaching time frame, but is designed to be adapted to many different time frames and group settings.
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
This curriculum leads couples through Dr. John Gottman's groundbreaking book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. It integrates research from the book and educates couples through relationship enhancing exercises.
Prepare/Enrich is a dynamic, research-based assessment that highlights couples' strengths and uncovers opportunities for growth across core and customized relationship topics. Through Facilitator feedback sessions, couples strengthen relationship skills, increase satisfaction, and build resilience.
Building a Lasting Connection
The Building A Lasting Connection couples workshop was designed by Dr. Debi Gilmore, EFT Supervisor and Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen, EFT Supervisor and Trainer. This program is designed to build on strengths, prevent relational conflict and utilize the power of attachment to lay a foundation for relationship improvement and deepening the connection bond across the lifespan.
If you are interested in having your relationship education offerings listed here, please email us. All curriculum and education providers must be approved by the Utah Marriage Commission.