The FOCCUS© Pre-Marriage Inventory is a comprehensive, user-friendly tool for couples or professionals who are helping couples prepare for marriage, and who become trained as FOCCUS Facilitators.The FOCCUS© Inventory is designed to help engaged couples appreciate their unique relationship, learn more about themselves, and discuss topics important to their lifelong marriage.

As a Life Coach and certified FOCCUS Facilitator,  I believe it is essential that we do all we can to promote healthy, happy, permanent relationships. Overall, marriage reduces the likelihood of illness, both mental and physical, and speeds recovery from trauma. Parents in a healthy marriage are a protective factor against childhood risky behavior and model kindness and respect for children's relationships. The home is the center for teaching children values.

Encouraging couples to discuss a broad range of important topics can help them understand the meaning of their union, discover their individual styles, and learn communication and conflict resolution skills that will enhance their lifelong relationship.

Unlike a therapist, a facilitator is not expected to fix problems nor offer advice; my role is to serve as a resource to support the relationship and promote healthy communication. Pre-marriage sessions offer a unique opportunity to celebrate a couple's strengths, practice positive communication skills, and explore important areas that may present problems later.

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Key Features of the FOCCUS©

Pre-Marriage Inventory:

Includes the following Content Areas:
  • Life Style Expectations
  • Friends and Interests
  • Personality Match
  • Personal Issues
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Family of Origin
  • Religion and Values
  • Parenting
  • Extended Family
  • Sexuality
  • Finances
  • Marriage Readiness
  • Marriage Covenant
  • Key Problem Indicators
  • Dual Careers
  • Interfaith Marriages
  • Remarriages
  • Cohabiting Couples


This Is not a test but, rather, is the source of the FOCCUS© Couple Report, which shows patterns of strengths and areas that need the couples' attention. A trained FOCCUS Facilitator guides the couples' discussion based on their FOCCUS© Couple Report.
Is supported by a detailed FOCCUS© Facilitator Manual, which provides Facilitators with supplemental questions that help elicit optimal, positive couple discussion. Can be used as the sole tool for marriage preparation or in combination with other marriage preparation processes or programs, such as skill-building classes, educational programs or marriage mentoring.
FOCCUS Facilitator Certificate
Is user friendly for diverse populations, with six editions in six languages, three methods of scoring, and several Facilitator training options. Has strong psychometric properties: high reliability, content, construct and predictive validity. Serves diverse populations, as it is available in 6 editions, 6 languages, and with sections tailored to specific couple situations :


  • General
  • Catholic
  • Christian
  • Orthodox      
  • Abridged
  • Alternate
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French 
  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese

FOCCUS©, which was developed in 1985 by three marriage and family therapists with these goals in mind:

  • To provide an affordable and user-friendly inventory
  • To help to prepare couples for marriage
  • To emphasize a facilitation process rather than counseling
  • To address issues important for engaged couples to discuss and understand
  • To base the inventory on current research and consultation with experts in the field
  • To update inventory to address developing issues such as couples with children, interfaith and same sex couples, second marriages and cohabitation

To schedule your Pre-Marriage Inventory Assessment contact Dana at 786-285-9243 or email at, 


SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 17:  Same-sex couple Ariel Owens (R) and his spouse Joseph Barham walk arm in arm after they were married at San Francisco City Hall June 17, 2008 in San Francisco, California. Same-sex couples throughout California are rushing to get married as counties begin issuing marriage license after a State Supreme Court ruling to allow same-sex marriage.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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