The Samaritan Counseling Center’s mission begins and ends with people and our community.

Premarital Consultation

The Samaritan Counseling Center offers Preparing for Marriage – an educational opportunity for couples to explore the dynamics of marriage. This program uses the most advanced form of the PREPARE/ENRICH inventory, an online survey that you take with your partner to help you identify the unique strengths and potential growth areas of your premarital relationship. You will then meet with one of our Premarital Counselors for two hours to interpret the inventory and help you:

  • Identify strength and growth areas
  • Explore personality traits
  • Strengthen communication skills
  • Resolve conflicts and reduce stress
  • Compare family backgrounds
  • Comfortably discuss financial issues
  • Establish personal, couple, and family goals

PREPARE/ENRICH assesses these areas of your relationship:

  • 12 Relationship Scales such as communication, conflict resolution, roles, finances, spiritual beliefs and more
  • Personality Scales
  • Couple and Family Scales
  • Relationship Dynamic Scales
  • 30 Customized Scales

Each couple will receive the “Building a Strong Marriage Workbook” which contains exercises for developing skills in resolving conflict, setting couple goals and developing a budget. The PREPARE/ENRICH inventory is the most comprehensive premarital assessment tool available.

The CONSULTATION includes the inventory, the scoring of the inventory, handouts and a two-hour session with one of the premarital counselors:

The inventory is taken online and requires approximately 45 minutes to complete. The inventory should be taken individually – by each person – and the couple should not discuss their answers until after the inventory has been submitted for scoring.

The fee is $225 per couple. If a member of a Partner in Ministry church, the fee is $200 per couple.

To schedule, please complete the registration form and return it to the Samaritan Counseling Center with payment.

When your registration is received, you will be contacted by The Center to schedule an appointment for the consultation. If you have any questions, please contact the Premarital Coordinator at 717-560-9969.

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