It is possible that a reader of this book may learn a great deal of the rationale and evidence underlying relationship education yet may still be none the wiser as to what a typical course involves. The Marriage Course is an excellent example of relationship education. It is not typical in that other courses mentioned in this book have a clearer empirical foundation (a detailed evaluation is currently underway). But it is very typical in that it is easy to access, easy to teach, easy to apply, and non-threatening. Nicky & Sila Lee’s description of their Marriage Course describes how it all works.
We felt it important to include this case study for one other reason. The Marriage Course is comfortably the most popular relationship education programme in the UK, with over 1,000 trainers registered and around 7,000 couples attending each year. As with other leading pioneers of relationship education, some of whom writing or described in this book, the Lees deserve great credit for opening up the market.