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date: 18 February 2020

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Given the important influence that intimate relationships have on general physical and mental health, the field of couples research is constantly innovating to maximize the impact of interventions on relationship health and intimacy. At present, couples interventions are evolving by either (1) improving the quality of tertiary interventions through deliberately addressing the emotional complexities of relationships in addition to basic skill building or (2) lowering the barriers to help-seeking in an effort to reach the greatest number of people in need at the earliest possible intervention point. This chapter will address how tertiary treatments, such as Insight-oriented Couples Therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy, have been adapted to potentially improve therapy outcomes for couples. Brief and web-based interventions, such as the Marriage Checkup, Power of Two Online, and OurRelationship.com, will also be discussed as examples of making couples’ treatment as timely and as accessible as possible.

Keywords: couples, Insight-oriented Couples Therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, Marriage Checkup, Online Interventions

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