Work on your own marriage

Work on Your Own Marriage

There are hundreds of great resources for your use in preparing for or improving your marriage. We've listed many of the key resources on this page and in the Classes & DVDs and Seminars pages.  

Smart Marriages

Find a Marriage Class in Your Area by plugging in your state and zip code here:

We can all learn how to have successful relationships, and happy families. You won't find a course called "Smart Marriages®" – but ALL the courses listed in the directory will help you become smarter about your marriage or relationship. What is it like to attend a class? Watch this 2 min video. It speaks to the overall experience - all the courses teach the basic marriage skills in one format or another.

The programs listed work for ANY couple at ANY stage – dating, engaged, newlywed, cohabiting, remarried, or on the brink of divorce. Take a class and dramatically improve your odds of success. And, it turns out, an old dog can learn new tricks – you can fall back in love even when your love is on the rocks.

PREPARE/ENRICH Online Diagnostic

Whether you are looking to help others or want the resources to help your own marriage, PREPARE/ENRICH has an online diagnostic "Couple Checkup," as well as an entertaining DVD course with workbook and leader's guide called "Prepare to Last" for the "nearlywed" or newlywed. They also provide mentor training and curricula for youth.

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National Healthy Marriage Resource Center

The National Healthy Marriage Resource Center (NHMRC) is a clearinghouse for high quality, balanced, and timely information and resources on healthy marriage. The NHMRC's mission is to be a first stop for information, resources, and training on healthy marriage for experts, researchers, policymakers, media, marriage educators, couples and individuals, program providers, and others.

With support from the Administration for Children and Families' Office of Family Assistance, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Johnson Foundation, Kohler Foundation, the WinShape Foundation, and others, the NHMRC helps those who want to learn more about healthy relationships, marriage, and marriage education.


For marriages in crisis, find a lifeline for troubled marriages at

The word Retrouvaille™ (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i.) is a French word meaning rediscovery. The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. Thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the program.

The Retrouvaille Program consists of a weekend experience combined with a series of 6-12 post-weekend sessions over 3 months. It provides the tools to help put your marriage in order again. The main emphasis of the program is on communication in marriage between husband and wife. It will give you the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new and positive way.

Growth Trac

Find practical help and resources to build a better marriage at Growth Trac.

Jim and Sheri Mueller founded Growthtrac Ministries — a 501(c)(3) Christian, non-profit organization — in 2001. Jim and Sheri grew this ministry as they resourced the couples they mentored. Since its inception, Growthtrac was a one-stop resource for marriage and spiritual information, but early on expanded its vision from a marriage preparation focus to an expansive Christian-marriage resource.

Free Counseling session with a Licensed Therapist

Free Counseling session with a Licensed Therapist and free referral to more than 2300 counselors through our National Referral Network.

Couple Communication

COUPLE COMMUNICATION began at the University of Minnesota Family Study Center with the research and development work of Drs. Sherod Miller, Daniel Wackman, and Elam Nunnally in the early 1970s. The purpose of Interpersonal Communication Programs, Inc., (ICP) has been to:

  • Provide instructor/facilitator training, tools, and materials to help individuals, couples, and groups
  • Communicate skillfully
  • Make important decisions and resolve conflicts collaboratively
  • Build satisfying relationships with family, friends, and people at work 

Online Dating, Pre-marriage and Marriage Assessments

Online Dating, Pre-marriage and Marriage Assessments. Based on the Prepare and Enrich inventories, Focus offers a Christian Version of Prepare/ Enrich. The assessment measures more than 12 key relationship areas. Provides a tailored 20 page report on where the couples strengths and growth areas fall. Written for Evangelical Couples with Biblical as well as Clinical insights.

Very useful tool for pastors and lay leaders to use in helping couples

Art of Marriage DVD

FamilyLife offers their popular DVD "The Art of Marriage" as well as their "Weekends to Remember" Conferences at

Love and Respect DVD Series

Love & Respect, the national bestselling book, now offers new 6-week DVD series or 14-week home study series at

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