With divorce rates approaching 50% of marriages within the first 15 years, couples preparing for marriage are keenly interested in how to best prepare for marriage (Williams, 2007). This blog will discuss the core content areas to cover in premarital counseling and the interventions therapists use. Additionally, we must pay attention to how to implement these interventions in an ethical and culturally-sensitive manner.
Core Content Areas in Premarital Counseling
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