Marriage Prep 101 Fact Sheet

Marriage Prep 101 (MP101) is a 10-hour Couples Workshop/Marriage Prep Program that has been established for over 15 years, and is presented on the San Francisco waterfront by Michelle Joy, MFT & Dan Joy.  Michelle also has a private practice in Menlo Park, CA, where she specializes in helping couples create and maintain flourishing relationships.

MP101 applies clinical findings about relationship success to help engaged, newlywed and seriously dating couples create more connected, close and satisfying relationships.

Programs like Marriage Prep 101 have been shown to reduce the divorce risk by 30% based on four studies here and abroad. MP101 incorporates research findings and exercises drawn from the work of John Gottman, Sue Johnson, Howard Markman, Scott Stanley, Fred Luskin, David Olsen and Brené Brown in addition to Dan & Michelle’s personal (and Michelle’s clinical) experience.

The Marriage Prep 101 Workshops have been offered 7 to 10 times per year. Since 2000, MP101 has been presented 140 times to over 2000 couples.

MP101 is supported and administered through our website, which registers couples, accepts credit card payments and offers information, referrals, links, testimonials and online assessments.

Marriage Prep 101 has been featured on the CBS Early Show, Evening Magazine TV, Ronn Owens Radio Show, San Francisco Chronicle, TIME, PEOPLE, FIRST, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune,, Hitched, Modern Bride, Marin IJ and many other newspaper, magazine, radio and TV shows.

Marriage Prep 101 has been awarded “Best of the Bay” by San Francisco Bay Guardian readers for 6 years. MP 101 is the only regularly scheduled, non-religious, secular, marriage prep program in the SF Bay Area.

MP101 receives registrations from couples around the country. The workshop follows a seven-topic format and combines didactic instruction, self-assessments, couples dialogues, experiential exercises and question/answer opportunities. Refreshments, continental breakfasts, a catered lunch, snacks and drinks are provided throughout the day.

Each participant is given a 65 page Marriage Prep 101 Workbook that they use to customize their experience to their own relationship. Couples are also encouraged to complete an online relationship inventory (RELATE) prior to the workshop to use as a reference during the workshop. It is a very safe and positive workshop experience.

The price per couple is $495.

Marriage Prep 101 will be sold as a “turn-key” program and all rights of ownership to Marriage Prep 101 will transfer to the buyer. The sale will be final. All products, name, advertising content, website, domain name, program information, marketing materials, workbooks and curricula and personal mentorship will be included in the sale. This is not a franchise sale. The current owners will teach, consult and provide on-boarding for operational and presentation processes during a defined period of time to ensure a smooth transition. The new owners may adapt the Marriage Prep 101 Workshop however they desire. Financial information including outside valuation report, registration invoices, sales reports and bank records will be provided to verify sales history.

The sale process initially involves face-to-face meetings with the current owners and if interest in proceeding is mutual, prospective buyers can observe or participate in a Marriage Prep 101 Workshop to facilitate greater knowledge of this workshop format. A preferred buyer would be a professional couple where at least one person (and ideally both) is a licensed mental health practitioner with a specialty in Couples Therapy. Good presentation and organizational skills are helpful and the mentorship process can also address any challenges in those areas.

Please review to learn more about the workshop. To discuss further, please contact:

Michelle Joy, MFT or Dan Joy
2 Marina Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94123
[email protected]

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