Marriage education for clinicians

Scott Wetzler, Laura Frame, Samantha Litzinger

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The field of marriage education has come to be dominated by nonprofessionals with no clinical training because clinicians interested in relationships typically provide marital therapy to couples in distress rather than marriage education to healthy couples. In this paper, we encourage clinicians to participate in the development of marriage education programs, such as that described by our Supporting Healthy Marriage program, which serves a large number of low-income couples, and propose a psychological conceptual framework for delivering marriage education services. It makes sense for clinicians to consider using this novel approach given the opportunity to impact such a large segment of society that might not receive psychological services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-336
Number of pages26
JournalAmerican journal of psychotherapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2011


  • Couple therapy
  • Marital therapy
  • Marriage education
  • Supporting Healthy Marriage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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