Common Questions

Common Questions

Here are some common questions (and answers) about this project.

Can you tell me more about the program?

Participation in ePREP involves watching 6 online sessions, or modules, with your partner. Each session takes 45-60 minutes to complete. Sessions address research-proven techniques, strategies, and principles to help strengthen your relationship. Program topics include communication, commitment, problem-solving, and fun and friendship.

Most couples complete one session a week.

All couples are assigned a trained coach and receive personalized coaching through a series of brief video calls that occur as couples go through the ePREP program. There are a total of 5 coach calls; calls generally last 20-30 minutes.

For more information about research supporting this project, please click here.

What if my partner is not interested?

Participation in the project requires both partners. If you partner is hesitant or reluctant, here are some ideas:

  • Remember that everything can be done in the comfort of your own home at a time the works for the two of you.
  • The time commitment is very minimal – about one hour a week for six weeks to watch the online sessions as well as a few brief video calls with a program coach.
  • This isn’t about trying to change one person, but about helping the two of you be a team and build a stronger relationship together.
  • Participating in the Strong Couples Project is a good opportunity to get free access to the online program as well as free access to a trained coach – every year, couples spend money to get these resources. If you are unsure, you could always try this project and see what you think. Participation is voluntary – remember that you can stop at any time.
  • If talking about this could be a problem, feel free to write your partner a letter or send them a link to this website so they can learn more about it.
How do we get access to the program?

After you complete the project enrollment form and confirm your ability to participate, you will be assigned a program coach. This coach will then contact you to schedule your first coach call. After this first coach call (which provides both of you with a bit more information about the program and a chance to ask any questions), your coach will email you a personalized, private link to access the program.

We don’t fight a lot…is this program still relevant? (or) We do fight a lot…will this program be able to help us?

This program covers a variety of fundamental principles and skills for building – and maintaining – a safe, healthy, and stable relationship. Couples of all types (and argument styles) have been found to benefit from going through this program.

Is it really free?

Yes! As part of a research and outreach project supported by the University of Illinois and University of Illinois Extension, we are able to provide this program for free. In addition, as part of a research project evaluating the effect of the program on participants, you have the chance to win a $25 gift card for every survey you complete.

As one final note, we realize that getting started can sometimes be the hardest part. Once couples start the program (even if one partner is a little more reluctant), we find many couples complete it after seeing the benefits that the program has for their relationship!

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