Pre-marital evaluation and counselling service

Introduction  

Marriage is an important thing in life. From courting to considering marriage, the lovers will think of many issues – their expectations in marriage, compatibility of their characters, management of finances in marriage, family planning, and so on.

Over the years, the Marriage Enrichment Retreat (MER) events conducted by MFFC have helped renewing the relationship of many couples. MFFC also provides comprehensive support and care for lovers going through different stages, from developing a stable relationship during courtship, through making decision and preparing for marriage to the different stages in married life. MFFC's Pre-marital Evaluation and Counselling Service are conducted by professionals. It involves a "PREPARE/ENRICH" course designed for man and woman before getting married and three counselling sessions to help them getting prepared and adjusted.

This pre-marital evaluation and counselling service is not to supplant but to complement the pre-marital counselling provided by church pastors to fully equip man and woman for entering into marriage.

PREPARE/ENRICH course 

This course was developed by the chairman, Dr. David H. Olson , of Life Innovations Inc. in the USA in the 1980s. It provides a set of reliable, effective and simple-to-use tools for pre-marital and marital counselling and relationship building. This set of tools can be used to evaluate comprehensively the relationship of married couple or man and woman in love. It helps them to recognise the strengths and areas to work on in their relationship, and to have effective communication and be able to handle differences through counselling and practical exercise. Life Innovations Inc. has offices worldwide. Over two million married couples or men and women in love have gone through this course. Please visit www.prepare-enrich.com for more information.

Contents of the course:

Test: There is an on-line PREPARE/ENRICH quiz. After the quiz, a report on the analysis of the answers to the quiz is sent to MFFC.

Counselling: Based on the analysis in the report and the needs of the counselees, the counsellor will apportion emphasis to the following in the counselling sessions.

  1. To recognise the strengths and areas to work on in the relationship
  2. The interworking of roles and mutual expectation
  3. The key to good communication
  4. Handling and resolving conflict
  5. To understand original family and its influence, and dealing with in-laws
  6. Expectation and matching in sex life
  7. Financial planning
  8. To set goals and plans as an individual, a couple and a family

Each session takes 60 to 90 minutes. Conducting languages: Cantonese/Mandarin

Profile of counsellors: 

Profile of counsellor

Anselm Chow
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, English
Gender: Male
Membership: Professional member of American Counselling Association
Background: Former senior psychological counsellor, Hong Kong Baptist University
Former lecturer(part time) of counselling courses, Hong Kong Baptist University and Bethel Bible Seminary of Hong Kong
Former advisor of Breakthrough Counselling Center and Bethel Counselling Center, Hong Kong
Specialty: Marital Counselling, Pre-marital Counselling, Psychological Counselling and Therapy

Iris Yip
Language: Cantonese, English
Gender: Female
Membership: Clinical Member, Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
Background: Master of Counselling, Morling College
Graduate Diploma of Emotionally Focused Therapy, Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy
Specialty: Marital Counselling, Pre-marital Counselling, Individual Counselling

Ben Leung
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, English
Gender: Male
Membership: Member of Christian Counsellors Association of Australia
Member of Australian Society of Sex Educators, Researchers and Therapists
Background: Practice in Counselling Department of Morling College
Master of Counselling, Morling College
Specialty: Marriage counselling, pre-marital counselling, sexual health counselling for couples

Profile of counsellor

Connie Hon

Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, English
Gender: Female
Membership: Member of Christian Counsellors Association of Australia
Background: MA(TESOL), BA ( Ed), Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling & Family Therapy ( Australian Institute of Family Counselling)
Specialty: Marital Counselling, Pre-marital Counselling, Family Therapy

Profile of counsellor

Alice Wong

Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, English
Gender: Female
Membership: Member of Christian Counsellors Association of Australia (VIC), Provisional member of Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
Background: Graduate certificate of Counselling and Family Therapy (Australian Institute of Family Counselling)
Master of Pastoral Counselling (China Evangelical Seminary, Taiwan)
Former pastor (part time) in church's children ministry
Specialty: Marriage counselling, pre-marital counselling, family therapy, mental health, personal counselling.