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Overview

This comprehensive, state-of-the-art work offers all clinicians who treat couples a rich resource for deepening their knowledge and keeping their practice skills current. Students and trainees in couple and family therapy, clinical psychology, social work, counseling, and psychiatry will find it an excellent primary or supplemental text.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book discusses various theoretical orientations of how to conduct couple therapy as well as clinical applications. As a reference, it provides the landmark work in the field by influential authors. This fourth edition updates the 2002 edition.
Purpose: According to the editor, "this volume presents the core theoretical and applied aspects of couple therapy in modern clinical practice. These core couple therapies are those that form the conceptual and clinical bedrock of therapeutic training, practice, and research."
Audience: In addition to clinicians, the book is intended for students and trainees in couple and family therapy, clinical psychology, social work, counseling, and psychiatry. The editor is emeritus professor of psychiatry and director of family therapy training at the University of Wisconsin. He has published extensively and is a former editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.
Features: The book begins by defining the major theoretical approaches to the practice of couple therapy in some depth, including cognitive-behavioral, object relations, systemic, and integrative. The second part addresses clinical applications such as marital disruption, partners with medical and/or psychiatric illnesses, and various diversity and legal/ethical issues. The chapters are arranged fairly uniformly and include background, healthy versus dysfunctional relationship, structure of therapy, mechanism of change, role of therapist, assessment and treatment planning, interventions, sources of difficulty in therapeutic change, termination, and case illustration. The authors do a fine job of briefly walking the reader through the therapeutic process. The case illustrations are excellent. Because of my interest in cognitive-behavioral therapy, I took special interest in chapter two, which describes that approach and I was impressed with how thoroughly it was covered. The case illustration included the initial conceptualization, course of therapy, and concluding comments.
Assessment: This is one of the finest clinical books I have ever read. It should be in the library of clinicians who do marriage and family work and required reading for all graduate students who are focusing on couples work. It thoroughly covers couple therapy, integrating theory with practice. Readers can learn much just by reading the case illustrations. Graduate students who are studying family and couples therapy will gain important knowledge not only by seeing how a theoretical paradigm is applied, but also by observing how it compares to the other approaches. Chapters in this edition have been rewritten and new case examples added. New topics such as work with borderline personality disorder in couple therapy and legal and ethical issues are covered. Thus, it does justify replacing the third edition.
From the Publisher

"Finding high-quality textbooks for graduate clinical application courses is often a challenge. The Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy effectively meets that challenge by providing a well-written, comprehensive, and thorough discussion of major theoretical approaches to conducting effective psychotherapy with couples. While my emphasis for students is on being well grounded in theory, I appreciate the clinical case examples throughout the book that further explicate the theories discussed. I have used the examples as a springboard for developing other experiential learning exercises in class. I especially appreciate the chapter addressing multicultural issues in work with couples, as the authors address concerns that are less commonly brought to light. I highly recommend this book to colleagues teaching courses in marital or couple therapy."--Joan I. Rosenberg, PhD, clinical psychology doctoral program, Phillips Graduate Institute, Encino, California

"Gurman has been the leading authority on couple therapy as the field has matured over the past three decades. The fourth edition of this classic handbook presents the wide array of approaches that have been developed, their broad application with diverse relationship problems, and the research that supports ongoing advances. This text is indispensable for clinical training and practice."--Froma Walsh, PhD, Mose and Sylvia Firestone Professor Emerita, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, and Codirector, Chicago Center for Family Health

"Carrying on the great tradition of the earlier editions of this book, Gurman has once again put together the definitive handbook of couple therapy. Covering all of the major approaches as well as the major client and problem populations, this volume provides in-depth snapshots written by the key leaders in the field. Ideal as a text for graduate courses, it also offers senior clinicians and researchers a guide to what’s new. In addition to updated versions of the major therapy approaches, this volume adds new chapters on a comparative framework for studying couple therapies, legal and ethical issues, and the treatment of severe disorders, with special emphasis on borderline personality disorder. This is an indispensable book that should be part of the library of every couple therapist and couple therapy researcher."--William M. Pinsof, PhD, ABPP, President, The Family Institute at Northwestern University; Director, Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies, Northwestern University

"This newly updated classic text remains one of the best introductions to the various schools of couple therapy and features a host of applications for specific problems."--Michael P. Nichols, PhD, Department of Psychology, College of William and Mary

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

"Comprehensive, up-to-date, and clearly the definitive reference book in this field. His introduction, a history of couple therapy, is a pleasure to read and is sprinkled with witty and wise aphorisms....The practicing psychiatrist can garner many practical points....Although it is a reference book in which one can find specific information, one can also browse through such topics as empathy, communication, intimacy, and curative factors....Psychiatrists of any persuasion will find an abundance of valuable pearls in this reference."--Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

"It is hard to imagine improving a classic, but Alan S. Gurman has managed to do just that. In his fourth edition of the Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy, Gurman has contributed to and compiled a comprehensive and superbly written collection of chapters in the field of couple therapy. The book is exactly what therapists interested in couple therapy should read as they embark on a career in the field....This text is ideally suited as an introduction to couple therapy for students....This text is a must for any couples therapist's library."--Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Sexual Disabilities

"Presents an extensive overview of the theory and applied clinical practice of couple therapy. Based upon knowledgeable contributors in the field, this edited work by Alan S. Gurman provides a sound revised resource for the professional reader. As a leading authority on couple therapy. Gurman coordinates a text within his belief that the field of couple therapy will benefit by fostering more evidence-based practice, without prematurely limiting the kinds of evidence that may help to inform responsible practice."--Sexual Disabilities
From The Critics
Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book discusses various theoretical orientations of how to conduct couple therapy as well as clinical applications. As a reference, it provides the landmark work in the field by influential authors. This fourth edition updates the 2002 edition.
Purpose: According to the editor, "this volume presents the core theoretical and applied aspects of couple therapy in modern clinical practice. These core couple therapies are those that form the conceptual and clinical bedrock of therapeutic training, practice, and research."
Audience: In addition to clinicians, the book is intended for students and trainees in couple and family therapy, clinical psychology, social work, counseling, and psychiatry. The editor is emeritus professor of psychiatry and director of family therapy training at the University of Wisconsin. He has published extensively and is a former editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.
Features: The book begins by defining the major theoretical approaches to the practice of couple therapy in some depth, including cognitive-behavioral, object relations, systemic, and integrative. The second part addresses clinical applications such as marital disruption, partners with medical and/or psychiatric illnesses, and various diversity and legal/ethical issues. The chapters are arranged fairly uniformly and include background, healthy versus dysfunctional relationship, structure of therapy, mechanism of change, role of therapist, assessment and treatment planning, interventions, sources of difficulty in therapeutic change, termination, and case illustration. The authors do a fine job of briefly walking the reader through the therapeutic process. The case illustrations are excellent. Because of my interest in cognitive-behavioral therapy, I took special interest in chapter two, which describes that approach and I was impressed with how thoroughly it was covered. The case illustration included the initial conceptualization, course of therapy, and concluding comments.
Assessment: This is one of the finest clinical books I have ever read. It should be in the library of clinicians who do marriage and family work and required reading for all graduate students who are focusing on couples work. It thoroughly covers couple therapy, integrating theory with practice. Readers can learn much just by reading the case illustrations. Graduate students who are studying family and couples therapy will gain important knowledge not only by seeing how a theoretical paradigm is applied, but also by observing how it compares to the other approaches. Chapters in this edition have been rewritten and new case examples added. New topics such as work with borderline personality disorder in couple therapy and legal and ethical issues are covered. Thus, it does justify replacing the third edition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593858216
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/11/2008
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 120,867
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Alan S. Gurman, PhD, until his death in 2013, was Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. A pioneer in the development of integrative approaches to couple therapy, he edited and wrote many influential books; was a past two-term editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy; and was former President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Dr. Gurman received numerous awards for his contributions to couple and family therapy, including the Distinguished Achievement in Family Therapy Research Award from the American Family Therapy Academy and the Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association. He also received the Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching and Training from the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.
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Table of Contents

1. A Framework for the Comparative Study of Couple Therapy: History, Models, and Applications, Alan S. Gurman

I. Models of Couple Therapy

Behavioral Approaches

2. Cognitive-Behavioral Couple Therapy, Donald H. Baucom, Norman B. Epstein, Jaslean J. LaTaillade, and Jennifer S. Kirby

3. Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy, Sona Dimidjian, Christopher R. Martell, and Andrew Christensen

Humanistic–Existential Approaches

4. Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, Susan M. Johnson

5. Gottman Method Couple Therapy, John Mordechai Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman

Psychodynamic and Transgenerational Approaches

6. Object Relations Couple Therapy, Jill Savege Scharff and David E. Scharff

7. Transgenerational Couple Therapy, Laura Roberto-Forman

Social Constructionist Approaches

8. Narrative Couple Therapy, Jill Freedman and Gene Combs

9. Solution-Focused Couple Therapy, Michael F. Hoyt

Systemic Approaches

10. Brief Strategic Couple Therapy, Varda Shoham, Michael J. Rohrbaugh, and Audrey A. Cleary

11. Structural Couple Therapy, George M. Simon

Integrative Approaches

12. Affective–Reconstructive Couple Therapy: A Pluralistic, Developmental Approach, Douglas K. Snyder and Alexandra E. Mitchell

13. Integrative Couple Therapy: A Depth-Behavioral Approach, Alan S. Gurman

II. Applications of Couple Therapy: Special Populations, Problems, and Issues

Rupture and Repair of Relational Bonds: Affairs, Divorce, Violence, and Remarriage

14. Couple Therapy and the Treatment of Affairs, Kristina Coop Gordon, Donald H. Baucom, Douglas K. Snyder, and Lee J. Dixon

15. Separation and Divorce Issues in Couple Therapy, Jay Lebow

16. Couple Therapy and Physical Aggression, K. Daniel O’Leary

17. Couple Therapy with Remarried Partners, James H. Bray

Couple Therapy and the Treatment of Psychiatric and Medical Disorders

18. Couple Therapy for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Gary R. Birchler, William Fals-Stewart, and Timothy J. O’Farrell

19. Couple Therapy and the Treatment of Depression, Steven R. H. Beach, Jessica A. Dreifuss, Kameron Franklin, Charles Kamen, and Barbara Gabriel

20. Couple Therapy and the Treatment of Borderline Personality and Related Disorders, Alan E. Fruzzetti and Barrett Fantozzi

21. Couple Therapy and the Treatment of Sexual Dysfunction, Barry W. McCarthy and Maria Thestrup

22. Couple Therapy and Medical Issues: Working with Couples Facing Illness, Nancy Breen Ruddy and Susan H. McDaniel

Couple Therapy in Broader Context

23. Gender Issues in the Practice of Couple Therapy, Carmen Knudson-Martin

24. Gay and Lesbian Couples in Therapy: Minority Stress, Relational Ambiguity, and Families of Choice, Robert-Jay Green and Valory Mitchell

25. African American Couples in Therapy, Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Shalonda Kelly, and Jennifer Durham

26. Legal and Ethical Issues in Couple Therapy, Michael C. Gottlieb, Jon Lasser, and Georganna L. Simpson

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