Preparing Couples for Marriage: The SYMBIS Model
D Introduction As codirectors of the Center for Relationship Development (CRD) at Seattle Pacific University, we primarily emphasize marriage preparation and early marriage mentoring in our work. A psychoeducational approach that incorporates essential skills and highlights up-to-date information about contemporary marriage is crucial to correcting faulty information and equipping couples with an accurate understanding of themselves and what they bring to the relationship, so that they can have a successful marriage. The marriage mentoring component compliments the psychoeducational approach by shifting the reliance from classrooms, books, videos, and counseling to a relational connection between a giver and receiver of knowledge and experience. A marriage mentor is defined as a happy, more experienced couple who empowers a newly married couple through sharing resources and relational experiences, particularly throughout the first year of marriage.