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Now in a revised and expanded third edition, this acclaimed handbook and clinical text provides comprehensive coverage of the full range of couple therapy interventions. Noted contributors, many of whom developed the approaches they describe, combine clear conceptual and historical exposition with hands-on presentations of therapeutic strategies and techniques. Chapters in the new edition adhere even more closely to a uniform structure, facilitating easy comparison of different therapeutic models, and have been extensively rewritten to reflect the latest conceptual, clinical, and empirical advances. Entirely new chapters cover structural┬┐strategic, transgenerational, narrative, solution-focused, brief integrative, and affective┬┐reconstructive approaches; prevention and psychoeducation; interventions with families during and after divorce; multicultural couple therapy; and treatment of clients with bipolar disorder as well as other psychiatric and medical problems.

"...updates and expands upon the Clinical Handbook of Marital Therapy...presents a balanced mixture of enduring clinical methods as well as recent significant advances."

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a remarkably good book, and by any standard it obviously achieves the goal of providing readers with a wealth of information about a variety of theoretical perspectives that apply to couple therapy and about the clinical issues that arise in this context. I strongly recommend this book to professionals who work regularly with couples, to therapy outcome researchers who want to know more about the kinds of interventions that are available in this area, and to basic relationship investigators who are conducting research designed to clarify how relationships function. ... essential reading for students who are learning to intervene with couples; the chapters would provide an outstanding foundation for students in clinical practice. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to someone who already owns the original version." --Thomas N. Bradbury, Contemporary Psychology

"...logical, thoughtful, and comprehensive. Its carefully designed chapters broach some potentially difficult themes and effectively reflect the current paradigm shifts in the industry from curative targeting to the offering of a useful therapist-patient alliance. The strength of this collection of articles is in its organization. ....the ambitious scope of this volume is amply fulfilled. ...if one's orientation is synchronous with a humanistic method, much of what this book has to say will be welcome, new, and applicable." Laura L. Post, Oakland, CA. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy

"This Handbook will certainly supplant its predecessor as the essential reference in its field, useful both to students as an introductory text and to experience practitioners as compendium of the state of the art....Excellent and should be read by every therapist." --Sam R. Hamburg in Child and Family Behavior Therapy

"...each chapter of this handbook is a resource in itself...This is an important book for all practitioners and an excellent text for teaching and training." --Lois Braverman, MSW, Readings

"We have only belatedly recognized that the fallout from the personal misery of marital strife has social consequences (alcoholism, crime, drug addiction, child abuse, accidents, etc.). Recognizing the centrality of couple therapy, Jacobson and Gurman published in 1986 the Clinical Handbook of Marital Therapy. This excellent text became the standard for coverage of the field. Now, with the publication of the Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy, these authors have amassed a group of contributors who not only describe changes in treatment models for couples, but demonstrate today's sophisticated understanding of the complexities of this most intimate of adult relationships. Clinicians who treat couples cannot do without this book." --James L. Framo, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, United States International University, San Diego, CA

"The Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy, edited by Jacobson and Gurman, is an excellent contribution to the marital and family therapy literature. Written in the tradition of the fine first edition of this work, Jacobson and Gurman have selected state-of-the-art chapters representative of contemporary couple therapy. None of the chapters in the current edition are repeats of the older edition which both speaks to how the field is changing and the editors attention to making this a unique contribution of selected works that what will in time likely prove to be the text of choice in the field for training marital and family therapists in couples therapy. I used the first edition of this work for five years and finally dropped it in favor of more recent volumes that were available. I am pleased to see this new edition coming out just in time for my class in Marital Therapy. Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy is essential reading for students, trainees, and seasoned clinicians alike. It offers a good integrative overview of key theories, principles, methods and treatment issues." --Charles Lee Cole, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., Assoc Prof of Family Therapy and Director of the Family Therapy Clinic, Iowa State University

From The Critics
This text has provided comprehensive coverage of the field since the 1986 edition. As Gurman (psychiatry, U. of Wisconsin Medical School) and the late Jacobson (psychology, U. of Washington) note, this iteration incorporates experimental and theoretical advances, greater coherence across the 27 contributions to facilitate comparisons of various therapeutic models, and more case illustrations. New/refashioned chapters cover traditional, integrative, postmodern, psychoeducational, and preventive approaches; and applications to special populations and problems (e.g., same-sex couples, multicultural couples, clients facing psychiatric/medical illness). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
A comprehensive guide to therapy with couples, updating and expanding the highly regarded Clinical Handbook of Marital Therapy. Placing couple therapy at the center of cutting-edge developments in the broader domain of psychotherapy, it presents a balanced mix of both major enduring clinical methods and recent conceptual, clinical, and empirical advances. Organized for optimal clinical use, the volume is divided into three parts: models of intervention with couples; couple therapy and relationally defined problems and issues; and couple therapy and common psychiatric disorders. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898628555
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1995
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 510
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.23 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil S. Jacobson, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington. Author of 200 articles and 9 books, Dr. Jacobson is one of the most widely cited family therapists in the world. He has received awards from both the American Family Therapy Academy and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for his cumulative, distinguished, and lifetime contributions to family therapy research. He has also received MERIT and Research Scientist Awards from the National Institute of Health for his seminal and prolific contributions to mental health research. Jacobson is past-President of the American Association for Behavior Therapy, and a designated Master Lecturer by AAMFT.

Alan S. Gurman, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Dr. Gurman has edited or written such highly regarded books as the Handbook of Family Therapy, the Casebook of Marital Therapy, and the Theory and Practice of Brief Therapy. A past Editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and past President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Dr. Gurman has received numerous awards in recognition of his contributions to the fields of psychology and family therapy. He is also the co-editor of the soon-to-be-released Modern Psychotherapies: Theory and Practice. He maintains a clinical practice in Madison, Wisconsin.

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PART I Models of Couple Therapy
Section A Traditional Approaches
1. Brief Strategic Couple Therapy
Varda Shoham and Michael J. Rohrbaugh
2. Cognitive-Behavioral Couple Therapy
Donald H. Baucom, Norman Epstein, and Jaslean J. LaTaillade
3. Object Relations Couple Therapy
Jill Savege Scharff and Carl Bagnini
4. Structural--Strategic Marital Therapy
James Keim and Jay Lappin
5. Transgenerational Marital Therapy
Laura Roberto-Forman
Section B Integrative Approaches
6. Affective Reconstruction: A Pluralistic, Developmental Approach
Douglas K. Snyder and W. Joel Schneider
7. Brief Integrative Marital Therapy: A Depth-Behavioral Approach
Alan S. Gurman
8. Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Secure Connections
Susan M. Johnson and Wayne Denton
9. Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy
Sona Dimidjian, Christopher R. Martell, and Andrew Christensen
Section C Postmodern Approaches
10. Collaborative Couple Therapy
Daniel B. Wile
11. Narrative Couple Therapy
Jill H. Freedman and Gene Combs
12. Solution-Focused Couple Therapy
Michael F. Hoyt
Section D Psychoeducational and Preventive Approaches
13. Building the Sound Marital House: An Empirically Derived Couple Therapy
John M. Gottman, Janice Driver, and Amber Tabares
14. Relationship Education and the Prevention of Relationship Problems
W. Kim Halford and Elizabeth N. Moore
15. The CARE Program: A Preventive Approach to Marital Intervention
Ronald D. Rogge, Rebecca M. Cobb, Matthew Johnson, Erika Lawrence, and Thomas N. Bradbury
PART II Applications to Special Populations and Problems
Section A Violence, Trauma, Infidelity, and Divorce
16. Intimate Partner Violence: An Introduction for Couple Therapists
Amy Holtzworth-Munroe, Jeffrey C. Meehan, Uzma Rehman, and Amy D. Marshall
17. Couple Therapy When a Partner Has a History of Child Sexual Abuse
Jill Serafin Compton and Victoria M. Follette
18. Couple Therapy after the Trauma of Infidelity
Shirley P. Glass
19. Addressing Separation and Divorce during and after Couple Therapy
Robert E. Emery and David A. Sbarra
Section B Gender, Sexual Orientation, Race, and Culture
20. Working with Gender in Couple Therapy
Cheryl Rampage
21. Gay and Lesbian Couples in Therapy: Homophobia, Relational Ambiguity, and Social Support
Robert-Jay Green and Valory Mitchell
22. Couple Therapy Using a Multicultural Perspective
Kenneth V. Hardy and Tracey A. Laszloffy
Section C Selected Psychiatric Disorders and Mental Illness
23. Couple Therapy in the Treatment of Alcohol Problems
Elizabeth E. Epstein and Barbara S. McCrady
24. Sexuality, Sexual Dysfunction, and Couple Therapy
Barry W. McCarthy
25. Couple Therapy in the Treatment of Depression
Jackie K. Gollan, Michael A. Friedman, and Ivan W. Miller
26. Couple Therapy Complicated by a Biologically Based Psychiatric Disorder
David J. Miklowitz and Elizabeth L. George
27. Couple Therapy and Medical Issues: Working with Couples Facing Illness
Nancy B. Ruddy and Susan H. McDaniel
Author Index
Subject Index
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Table of Contents

1. Therapy with Couples: A Coming of Age? Gurman & Jacobson
A. Major Theories of Couple Therapy
2. Bowen Family Systems and Marriage. Papero
3. Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy. Christensen, Jacobson, & Babcock
4. Cognitive Aspects of Cognitive-Behavioral Marital Therapy. Baucom, Epstein, & Rankin
5. The Ego-Analytic Approach to Couples Therapy. Wile
6. The Emotionally Focused Approach to Problems in Adult Attachment. Johnson & Greenberg
7. Problem- and Solution-Focused Couple Therapies: The MRI and Milwaukee Models. Shoham, Rohrbaugh, & Patterson
8. Psychoanalytic Marital Therapy. Scharff
B. Group Methods
9. Group Therapy with Couples. Coche
10. Prevention and Relationship Enhancement. Floyd, Markman, Kelly, Blumberg, & Stanley
A. Issues of Culture, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
11. Cross-Cultural Marriages. Falicov
12. Redefining the Past, Present, and Future: Therapy with Long-Term Marriages at Midlife. Anderson, Dimidjian, & Miller
13. Gendered Aspects of Marital Therapy. Rampage
14. Therapy with Same-Sex Couples: An Introduction. Brown
B. Ruptures of the Relational Bond
15. Crises of Infidelity. Pittman III & Wagers
16. The Assessment and Treatment of Marital Violence: An Introduction for the Marital Therapist. Holtzworth-Munroe, Beatty, & Anglin
17. Facilitating Healthy Divorce Processes: Therapy and Mediation Approaches. Walsh, Jacob. & Simons
18. Marital Therapy in the Treatment of Alcohol Problems. McCrady & Epstein
19. Anxiety Disorders: The Role of Marital Therapy. Craske & Zoellner
20. A Marital/Family Discord Model of Depression: Implications for Therapeutic Intervention. Gotlib & Beach
21. Conceptualization and Treatment of Eating Disorders in Couples. Root
22. Object Relations Marital Theory of Personality Disorders. Slipp
23. Treating Sexual Desire Disorders in Couples. Heiman, Epps, & Ellis
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