What is the SYMBIS Assessment?
SYMBIS is a popular and insightful relational assessment for couples offered by certified Facilitators. Each couple responds to the questions on a website. Then an assessment report with charts and graphics about their relationship is created and sent to the Facilitator. The couple will then review with the Facilitator locally or via Zoom/Google Meet.
What does S.Y.M.B.I.S. mean?
Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts. This was the name of a book published by Dr.’s Les and Leslie Parrot that first examined what couples need to examine in their relationship to ensure a strong marriage. The acronym now applies to the assessment. You can purchase the book from Amazon and other book sellers.
Is SYMBIS only for engaged couples?
No, it is applicable to couples who are married, considering remarriage, engaged or dating. The questions will vary somewhat depending on your responses to the questions.
What relational topics does the SYMBIS Assessment cover?
The first topic is MINDSET which explores how your views on marriage.
The second topic is WELLBEING which focuses on our self-image, maturity, independence and highlights any caution flags for more exploration.
The third topic is CONTEXT which explores the relationships we influence our marriage.
The fourth topic is DYNAMICS and looks at your personality types, your styles and the strengths you bring into the relationship.
There are many other sub-topics that are included that are not mentioned here. Your Assessment will typically be 16-18 pages in length and is provided in PDF format.
How long does it take to answer the Assessment questions?
Plan for 30-40 minutes to answer all the questions. Always do them separately from your partner so you are not influenced by their answers.
How much does the SYMBIS assessment cost?
The Assessment can only be purchased through certified SYMBIS Facilitators. They purchase it for $35 per couple but they often charge more because they include their time for meeting with each couple.
Do I have to schedule an office visit to get my SYMBIS results?
Not necessarily. Some SYMBIS Facilitators allow you to purchase the Assessment at their website and schedule to meet with them via computer.
How do I decide on a SYMBIS Facilitator?
You should select a facilitator who best meets your situation. All Facilitators have taken training in interpreting the results of the Assessment but you may have special preferences. Do you want to meet in an office? Would you prefer to do it remotely? How many sessions do you want to have with the facilitator? Do you want someone who is faith-based or not? Are you looking for additional coaching? Will you need other resources/books/classes that a facilitator could recommend?
What is the SYMBIS Assessment process from start to finish?
1. Couple purchase the Assessment from a SYMBIS Facilitator
2. Couples receive their Assessment code.
3. Couple answers questions at SYMBIS website.
4. Facilitator is notified when the Assessment results are ready.
5. Facilitator reviews results and contacts the couple to schedule a session.
6. Facilitator and couple meet in-person or remotely via computer to review the results.
7. Couple receives copy of the Assessment for their personal use.
How popular is the SYMBIS Assessment?
Over 1 million couples have taken the Assessment.
Is SYMBIS worth the investment?
Definitely, because it explores so many areas of your relationship. You should take it if you want to explore the unique qualities that each of you brings to the relationship along with your expectations, perspectives, dreams and values. Each of these will either create strength or struggles in the future. By reviewing them now, in your relationship, you will be better prepared for understanding and intimacy.
Does SYMBIS require you to have a religious faith?
No it does not. There are several questions in the Assessment about your religious faith which are used to highlight important questions that you may want to discuss together. There is no assumption that you have a specific faith.