Circumplex Model and PREPARE/ENRICH: Bridging Research, Theory, and Practice

This webinar is now available for free to NCFR members and to Certified Family Life Educators (CFLEs). Log in, or become an NCFR member or a CFLE, to access it.
May 10, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Free for NCFR members & CFLEs / $85 for nonmembers



This webinar will provide family professionals with new insights and practical applications to incorporate into their work. David H. Olson, Ph.D. is widely recognized for his work with couples and families that bridges research, theory, and practice. His innovations enable professionals to better assess prevention and intervention methods for the families with whom they work. Dr. Olson will provide an overview of the highly respected Circumplex Model of Couples and Families, that he developed, demonstrating how cohesion and flexibility are assessed, and illustrating how the model can be used to describe a couple and family system. He will also give an overview of his PREPARE/ENRICH program which is designed to prepare couples for marriage and enrich marriage. Drawing from his body of work, Dr. Olson will detail couple exercises designed to build relationship awareness and skills, and how the Couple and Family Map (simplified Circumplex Model) can help couples better understand and build a stronger relationship.

Intended audience: Professionals who work with couples and families, and those interested in learning more about the Circumplex Model, PREPARE/ENRICH, and connecting research, theory, and practice.

Approved for 1.5 CFLE contact hours of continuing education credit.

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Webinar Objectives

By the end of this webinar the participant will be able to describe:

  • An overview of the Circumplex Model and define cohesion and flexibility.
  • The use of the Circumplex Model to describe a couple or family.
  • An overview of the PREPARE/ENRICH Program.
  • A few of the couple exercises used in the Program.
  • The power of projects that bridge research, theory, and practice.

About the Presenter

David H. Olson, Ph.D. is professor emeritus, University of Minnesota and Founder and former CEO of PREPARE/ENRICH. He is past president of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and the Upper Midwest Association of Marital and Family Therapy (UMAMFT). He has received a variety of awards for his scholarly research, assessments, and innovative programs for couples and families from over 10 national associations. He developed the highly respected Circumplex Model of Couples and Families (also called the Couple and Family Map) and a variety of popular assessments for couples and families (PREPARE/ENRICH and FACES). He has written over 100 articles and 20 books on marriage and family including: Couple Checkup, Smart Stepfamily, Empowering Couples, Building Relationships, Power in Families and Treating Relationships. He has appeared numerous times on national television including the NBC Today Show, CBS Morning Show, ABC Good Morning America, and the Oprah Show.

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Even if you can't watch this webinar live, your registration will still grant you access to watch the recording at your convenience. This webinar is now free for NCFR members and Certified Family Life Educators (CFLEs), and $85 for nonmembers.

License for classroom use by one professor is available for $120 for NCFR members, $185 for nonmembers.

License for departmental use (multiple professors) is available for $170 NCFR member / $305 nonmember.

Departmental license for CFLE-approved programs is $140.

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