Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

A husband-and-wife team who not only share the same name, but the same passion for helping others build healthy relationships.

Les is a professor of psychology at Northwest University and they are founders of the Center for Healthy Relationships on the campus of Olivet University.

Married in 1984, the Parrotts bring real-life examples to their speaking platform. Their professional training – Leslie as a marriage and family therapist, and Les as a clinical psychologist – ensures a presentation that is grounded, insightful and cutting-edge.

Each year Les and Leslie speak in over 40 cities. Their audiences include a wide array of venues, from churches to Fortune 500 company board rooms. The Governor of Oklahoma appointed the Parrotts as the first ever statewide Marriage Ambassadors. Authorities have called upon Les and Leslie to provide on-site support in the aftermath of worldwide disasters such as Ground Zero and Chernobyl. The Commander of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, invited them to assist his soldiers with re-entry into family life upon returning from Iraq.

The Parrotts have been featured in USA Today and the New York Times. Their television appearances include CNN, The View, The O’Reilly Factor, The Today Show and Oprah.

As #1 New York Times best-selling authors, their books have sold over two million copies in more than two dozen languages, and include best-selling and Gold-medallion winner Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts. Other popular titles include Real Relationships, L.O.V.E., The Parent You Want To Be, Trading Places, The Complete Guide To Marriage Mentoring and Love Talk.

Award Winning SYMBIS Book and Workbooks

Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts (SYMBIS) is a comprehensive marriage program designed specifically for today’s couples by a couple.

First published in 1995, and continually revised and updated, SYMBIS has become the gold standard in marriage preparation. Drs. Les & Leslie Parrotts’ award-winning approach incorporates twenty years of feedback, research, and professional experience.

This is more than a book—it’s practically a self-guided premarital counseling course, and it is used by counselors and churches across North America and, now in twenty languages, worldwide. Questions at the end of every chapter help you explore each topic personally. Companion men’s and women’s workbooks full of self-tests and exercises help you apply what you learn and enjoy intimate discussions along the way. There is even a seven-session DVD kit (with a bonus session for people entering a second marriage) available that you can use on your own or with other couples in a group or a class that want to grow together.

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Perfect for Groups and classes

In this dynamic DVD you’ll not only hear entertaining and insightful teaching from the Parrotts, but you’ll also meet other real-life couples who provide amazing candor and perspective. Drs. Les and Leslie show you the secrets to building a marriage that lasts.
  • Uncover the most important misbeliefs of marriage
  • Learn how to communicate with instant understanding
  • Discover the secret to reducing and resolving conflict
  • Master the skills of money management
  • Get your sex life off to a great start
  • Understand the three essential ingredients to lasting love
  • Discover the importance of becoming “soul mates”… and more.
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Saving Your Second Marriage Before It Starts

Sixty percent of second marriages fail. Ensure that yours is among the ones that succeed.

This resource shows you how you can beat the odds with flying colors and make remarriage the best thing that’s ever happened to you. Do you have the skills you need? Now is the time to acquire them–and build a future together that is everything marriage can and ought to be.

Just like the original SYMBIS, Saving Your Second Marriage Before It Starts can be used with accompanying men’s and women’s workbooks as well as the DVD kit. And like SYMBIS, it is also an ideal companion to the SYMIBS Assessment. In fact, if you or your partner is entering a second marriage (and if you are blending a family), you’ll discover an additional page in your SYMBIS Assessment Report dedicated expressly to your situation.

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It’s simple. A seasoned and experienced couple (nobody said anything about being perfect) comes alongside a less experienced couple to help show them the way and lets them learn from their experience.

If you lead a couple’s group of any kind – especially engaged and newlywed couples – you need to be certified as a Marriage Mentor couple.

Does it work? You bet!

82% of couples report wanting to have a mentor couple walk with them and research shows that couples who have marriage mentors are happier and healthier. That’s why we established the online Marriage Mentoring Academy. It’s a fun way for seasoned couples to learn the rudiments of helping other couples. The only Marriage Mentoring course is divided into eight, 25-minute sessions you can do at your own pace. Do it over a weekend or over several weeks. You can even turn each session into a Date Night. It includes movie suggestions, recipes and bonus discussion questions.

Become A Marriage Mentor

To become a certified Marriage Mentor couple you must, first of all, have:
  1. A relatively happy – but certainly not perfect – marriage
  2. A shared motivation to be Marriage Mentors.

Of course, it takes more than this to be effective as Marriage Mentors – 12 skills to be exact – but that’s what we’ll help you with in this certification process. We hope you’ll join this powerful network of more than 250,000 marriage mentor couples.

If you work with couples in a class or a small group or even couple-to-couple, you need this training.

Learn more about the Marriage Mentoring Academy

You’ll get registered and into the training in about 5 minutes. And come back as often as you like. We’re constantly adding more resources to ensure our Mentors are a success!