Couple Therapy for Alcoholism: A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Manual

Couple Therapy for Alcoholism: A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Manual

by Phylis J. Wakefield, Rebecca E. Williams, Elizabeth B. Yost, Kathleen M. Patterson
     
 


Recent research in the treatment of alcoholism has shown that the involvement of a spouse or partner improves outcome for the client. This hands-on guide presents a time-limited, cognitive-behavioral treatment in the context of couple therapy. The volume demonstrates how to engage the alcoholic's partner as an active participant in the treatment process. Using… See more details below

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Recent research in the treatment of alcoholism has shown that the involvement of a spouse or partner improves outcome for the client. This hands-on guide presents a time-limited, cognitive-behavioral treatment in the context of couple therapy. The volume demonstrates how to engage the alcoholic's partner as an active participant in the treatment process. Using this state-of-the-art approach, the practitioner can respond to the needs of both the alcoholic and the partner, which may motivate the couple to remain in treatment and learn the skills they need to overcome the many struggles inherent in a relationship affected by alcoholism. Organized so that each chapter and the suggested interventions may stand alone or be integrated with a variety of therapeutic approaches, the book includes numerous illustrative case examples and a wealth of reproducible handouts in the form of exercises, charts, and sample dialogues.

Note About Photocopy Rights: The publisher grants book purchasers permission to reproduce handouts and forms in this book for use with their clients.

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"The authors present a sensible 'how to do it' manual for therapists wanting to apply cognitive-behavioral techniques to the treatment of married alcohol-dependent clients. The book is solidly grounded in the core assumptions and knowledge base of cognitive-behavioral therapy as it has been applied to the treatment of alcoholism. It fills a void for therapists who believe that an abstinence-oriented couples therapy approach is best suited to effectively deal with alcohol troubled clients. Case examples and appendices provide ample material for the experienced cognitive-behavioral therapist versed in substance abuse treatment to implement this therapeutic modality. The book is 'clinically savvy' and will join the growing resource of treatment manuals available for treating clients with alcohol problems." --Richard Longabaugh, Ed.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University

"A detailed treatment manual developed by leading researchers for use in a clinical trial of promising approaches to couples therapy for alcoholism. It provides for the first time in book form a complete and systematic practitioner's guide to a couples therapy intervention for alcoholism. It is must reading for clinicians and researchers involved with alcoholics and their families." --Timothy J. O'Farrell, Ph.D., Harvard Families and Addictions Program

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Reviewer: Richard A. Carroll, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book is part of the Guilford Substance Abuse Series. It consists primarily of a manual for clinicians and outlines a highly structured cognitive-behavioral approach to the treatment of alcoholism using a couples treatment modality.
Purpose: The book arose out of a federally funded program of research that focused on attempting to validate the efficacy of several different approaches to the treatment of alcoholism. The authors of this book developed this manual in the course of that research. The approach was then tested in a large scale treatment outcome study. The book presents in concrete detail a 20-session treatment plan that focuses primarily on techniques of self-monitoring, communication skills, coping skills, and relapse prevention.
Audience: The book was written primarily for clinicians who wish to expand their skills in work with alcoholics and their partners. Because it is a concrete treatment manual, its lessons can be learned by both beginning and advanced clinicians. The authors are very well qualified to present such a manual given their years of clinical and research experience with this topic.
Features: The book is organized into several sections that cover the acute, relapse prevention, and termination phases of the treatment model. Throughout the book are clearly identified outlines of treatment goals and techniques. The book also contains many valuable forms, which are integral to the treatment.
Assessment: This worthwhile book is part of an important development within the realm of clinical psychology, which is to develop and disseminate empirically validated treatments for a range of mental health problems. It will also be useful to clinicians who work with alcoholics, due to the numerous behavioral and cognitive strategies that are presented. It would be especially useful to novice clinicians, who will find the structured and detailed approach to treatment to be a solid foundation to work with alcoholics.
Reviewer: Richard A. Carroll, PhD(Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book is part of the Guilford Substance Abuse Series. It consists primarily of a manual for clinicians and outlines a highly structured cognitive-behavioral approach to the treatment of alcoholism using a couples treatment modality.
Purpose: The book arose out of a federally funded program of research that focused on attempting to validate the efficacy of several different approaches to the treatment of alcoholism. The authors of this book developed this manual in the course of that research. The approach was then tested in a large scale treatment outcome study. The book presents in concrete detail a 20-session treatment plan that focuses primarily on techniques of self-monitoring, communication skills, coping skills, and relapse prevention.
Audience: The book was written primarily for clinicians who wish to expand their skills in work with alcoholics and their partners. Because it is a concrete treatment manual, its lessons can be learned by both beginning and advanced clinicians. The authors are very well qualified to present such a manual given their years of clinical and research experience with this topic.
Features: The book is organized into several sections that cover the acute, relapse prevention, and termination phases of the treatment model. Throughout the book are clearly identified outlines of treatment goals and techniques. The book also contains many valuable forms, which are integral to the treatment.
Assessment: This worthwhile book is part of an important development within the realm of clinical psychology, which is to develop and disseminate empirically validated treatments for a range of mental health problems. It will also be useful to clinicians who work with alcoholics, due to the numerous behavioral and cognitive strategies that are presented. It would be especially useful to novice clinicians, who will find the structured and detailed approach to treatment to be a solid foundation to work with alcoholics.
Booknews
The manual, written by four psychiatrists, promotes a 20 session cognitive-behavioral model to treat alcoholism in a couple context, tested in a research program sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Each session offers suggested interventions that can stand alone or be integrated with other therapies. The treatment begins with simple skills progressing to more complex interactions to help couples team up and build positive behavior, including abstinence. The volume features case examples, exercises, and sample dialogues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572300705
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Series:
Guilford Substance Abuse Series
Edition description:
MANUAL
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.88(d)

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