Essentials Of Premarital Counseling

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Expand Your Clinical Practice with this Practical Hands-on Guide
  • Teach conflict resolution skills to your couples
  • Introspective quizzes expose more of couples┬┐

inner lives and past history to each other

  • Real-life exercises let couples ...
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Expand Your Clinical Practice with this Practical Hands-on Guide
  • Teach conflict resolution skills to your couples
  • Introspective quizzes expose more of couples┬┐

inner lives and past history to each other

  • Real-life exercises let couples practice cooperative decision-

making and compromise before a crisis happens.

  • Couples will discover and have the opportunity to change

bad habits which threaten the viability of the relationship.

Therapists Acclaim for Essentials of Pre-Marital Counseling

"An invaluable ten-week program of specific steps to evaluate a relationship, detect warning signs and avoid disastrous pitfalls before committing to marriage."

--Holly A. Hunt, PhD, author of Essentials of Private Practice

"What I find most rewarding about this book is what Dr. Ceren refers to as 'The art of gracious compromise'-or what may be called-how to get along in your relationship. Therapists take heed, this book is for you and your clients! You will benefit greatly."

--Michael J. Salamon, Ph.D., FICPP,

Senior Psychologist/Director, Adult Developmental Center, Author of The Shidduch Crisis

"A remarkable roadmap to a healthy relationship and insight into self, written by a therapist who combines experience and skill in improving the lives of others."

--Rosalee G. Weiss, PhD

Diplomate, American Board of Psychological Specialties

Learn more about the author at

Book #7 in the New Horizons in Therapy Series

from Loving Healing Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932690668
  • Publisher: Loving Healing Press
  • Publication date: 6/25/2008
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    This is a very insightful and helpful book. It gives practical

    This is a very insightful and helpful book. It gives practical advice on what a counselor can do to best help their clients. There are many illustrations that give various points of view, giving one a better understanding of personality traits and how clients might possibility respond in various situations.
    There is a very nice breakdown on what a 10 session premarital program might look like, sharing the importance of both single and joint counseling sessions. There are personality and relationship quizzes to take and then great details given concerning answers those particular questions. There is also included an all important chapter on "Communication and Conflict Resolution." The author lists the role of the listener as well as the presenter and the importance of both. This is vital within the life of any marriage and very helpful information. Then role playing situations are staged allowing each individual to see how the other person may feel in a given situation. This is helpful to allow one from being so opinionated and more open minded to what their partner may be going through. Giving one a different perspective or point of view would be huge to avoid difficulty within a marriage.
    There are case studies included that will help one to see the various type of situations that a couple could face and options of how they could be handled in a positive manner. There are some partners who will not change no matter what and there are examples of that as well.
    Also included is a great resource section that allows the reader to dig in further concerning a particular topic or issue that they would like additional information about. The detailed premarital quiz at the end of the book could be invaluable to better understanding one's future mate, thus allowing the opportunity to cut down on future frustration.
    I would recommend this book to premarital counselors as a great resource. Author Sandra L. Ceren, PhD. does a fantastic job of helping one to consider many items that could be overlooked that would allow one to avoid costly mistakes.
    5 of 5 stars

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  • Posted October 20, 2009

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    Essentials of Premarital Counseling

    We all know that a large percentage of American marriages end in divorce. These numbers are even higher for subsequent marriages. No one gets married planning to have it fail. However, many couples put more emphasis on planning the wedding than they do on planning the actual marriage. As a Therapist, you have a wonderful opportunity to assist couples in learning how to make the marriage work after the actual wedding ceremony and honeymoon end. Dr. Sandra Ceren has put together a remarkably easy to follow and understand counseling blueprint for couples considering marriage.

    Real life case studies and examples will lead the therapist through a series of ten meetings and discussions with couples. Using her ideas and proven methods, the therapist can assist couples in finding areas of probable conflict, work through them, and emerge a stronger team after counseling sessions.

    Dr. Ceren combines education and experence to assist couples in the "art of gracious compromise", lessons that would serve most of us in both our personal and professional relationships. The author writes frankly and honestly about the need to actually know a partner before marriage, and offers quizzes that can help your clients explore each other's personality, personal history and thought processes.

    I found the entire book well written, excellently presented and very well organized. It's obvious Dr. Ceren has put much work into this guide. I firmly believe that any therapist hoping to include marital/premarital counseling in their practice should keep a copy of this book close will be referred to again and again.

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