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FOCCUS© – A revealing pre-marriage questionnaire

What is FOCCUS?

FOCCUS stands for Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding and Study. It is a personalised consultation using a research-based questionnaire and gives you and your partner a good snapshot of how your relationship works. It was developed by FOCCUS Inc., an apostolate of the Archdiocese of Omaha, and is suitable for couples planning to marry in the Catholic Church.

The picture that develops is shaped by your experiences and answers to questions about family life, how you communicate, settle differences and views on faith and spirituality. It’s not a test to pass or fail, as every relationship is unique. But your responses will help in identifying, discussing and working through any issues with your partner as you enter this new phase of your relationship.

How does it work?

The FOCCUS programme takes at least two, one-hour, sessions after you have completed the online questionnaire. In the follow-up sessions you’ll be able to discuss the results with your partner and a trained facilitator from Marriage Care using a secure video link (similar to Skype or FaceTime).

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Please click here to find your nearest centre and schedule sessions to suit you.Who runs the sessions?

The sessions are led by facilitators selected and trained by Marriage Care to the highest standards. They have a wealth of experience in working with couples and receive regular ongoing training and support.

Who can attend?

Many of the couples who attend are getting married in the Catholic Church but we welcome any couple who is considering marriage or a long term committed relationship.

Is there a fee?

Marriage Care is a registered charity and all our services are delivered by trained volunteers. We charge a fixed fee for our FOCCUS sessions that contributes to the costs of the sessions, the resources you are given and the behind the scenes facilitator training and preparation. Our Appointments Service will indicate the amount you will need to pay to secure your booking.

My partner isn’t keen on doing the sessions.

What can I say to persuade him/her to come along? Find the answer to this and other frequently asked questions on our Marriage preparation FAQs page.

Alternatively, read about our other Marriage preparation course:  Preparing Together