Society & Culture

Premarital counseling program offered April 9

Athens, Ga. – PREPARE, a pre-marital preparation and relationship enhancement program provided by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and College of Family and Consumer Sciences, will offer a day-long workshop designed for engaged couples of all ages on April 9, at Sandy Creek Nature Center.
“Participants in PREPARE demonstrate significant improvements in how they interact with each other and feel about their relationship,” according to Ted Futris, who heads the program and is an assistant professor of child and family development in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “In particular, couples who have been identified as being at high risk for marital instability seem to benefit the most.” Findings of the research will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy.

PREPARE is open to couples in Clarke and surrounding counties. Registration is $60, but couples who complete the program will qualify for a $35 discount on their marriage license.

For more information, see or contact Ted Futris at 706/542-7566 or