Preparing Couples for Great Marriages

presented by Michael DiPaolo, PhD

Premarital counseling provides both prevention and intervention for couples.  Research has clearly shown its benefits, finding that couples who attain formal marriage preparation experience a 30% reduction in divorce rates.  When a couple seeks premarital counseling, the first step is determining their needs, i.e., is this a proactive step being taken by the couple or are they having problems that need attention before moving forward?    

Participants of this course will learn key research proven factors for helping couples create and sustain a healthy marriage, and how to incorporate an educational component into the work. Core to any Imago work is helping couples create a deeper connection, so teaching dialogue and use of specific Imago processes will be discussed. Because low numbers of couples will voluntarily seek premarital counseling, a discussion of its benefits from a strengths-oriented perspective will help participants know how to promote this work.

Learning Objectives

After this course, participants will be able to:

  • Detect and understand different reasons couples are seeking premarital counseling and be able to assess the particular couple’s need and develop a plan based on that need.
  • Discuss and learn at least three different resources that can support the work with premarital couples.
  • Demonstrate and provide education about the factors to create and sustain a healthy marriage.
  • Utilize at least three different Imago processes to promote connection for the premarital couple.
  • Identify a marketing strategy from a strengths-oriented approach to destigmatize the notion of reaching out to a therapist during the engagement period.

This webinar will be presented online via Zoom and is intended for Certified Imago Therapists, Imago Therapists in Training, and therapists in general at the intermediate level. 

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

Continuing Education

This webinar provides 2 CE hours* and is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.

*Please note that R Cassidy is no longer an APA approved sponsor and the coverage provided is limited. Please read the coverage details carefully before purchasing.
About Michael

Dr. Michael DiPaolo is a clinical psychologist & certified Imago Relationship Therapist and Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist in private practice in West Los Angeles.  Dr. DiPaolo received his education from the University of Notre Dame, Columbia University, and the California School of Professional Psychology.

In his practice, Dr. DiPaolo works with individuals and couples, specializing in the area of relationships.  He has counseled over 1,500 couples in marriage preparation throughout the archdiocese of Los Angeles. He also leads a monthly consultation group for Imago therapists.

Dr. DiPaolo and his wife Jennie have been married for 23 years and have 3 wonderful children, along with a hyperactive dog. You can find him online at


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