Intake and Assessment: An Approach to Serving Couples.

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Rappelyea, Damon.
Rubio, Leah.
Harrison, Courtney.
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National Healthy Marriage Resource Center.
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Fact Sheet
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There is not consensus among practitioners or researchers as to who is/is not appropriate for MRE. However, most MRE programs are not generally designed to work with highly distressed couples (Retrouvaille is one such program) or those requiring intensive intervention (for issues related to substance abuse, mental health problems, infidelity, etc.). In fact, MRE is typically considered a "prevention program"?providing couples with information and skills to avoid the pitfalls that may lead to chronic conflict and tension that requires more intensive interventions.

Some MRE practitioners have developed an intake process conducted during enrollment to determine if couples are appropriate for the MRE program. More than merely signing couples up for MRE workshops, the intake process includes an assessment component to determine if couples may need to be referred for more intensive services. The assessment typically serves one of two purposes:

1) To screen people in/out of the program (leading to referrals for those screened out); or
2) To inform a case manager of a couple's need for supplementary services (i.e. housing, child care, etc.)

This Tip Sheet is designed for program administrators operating multi-session (i.e. MRE delivered on a weekly basis for more than six weeks) MRE workshops (with or without a case management function) to highlight intake and assessment strategies. (Author abstract modified)

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