Couples in Treatment: Techniques and Approaches for Effective Practice / Edition 3

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Overview

This classic text is an indispensible resource for beginning couples therapists: a concise, practical guide to moving from theory and content to process and the therapist's use of self.

I am delighted to see the second edition of what should be considered a classic in couples therapy. So beautifully, concisely expanded, it should be in the hands of every graduate student in training, as well as in the heads of seasoned professionals (Luciano L'Abate, PhD)

Practical guide for the beginning therapist incl. assessmt., developing a systemic process, effective techniques.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
The authors provide the beginning couple therapist with virtually everything she or he needs to know to get started--how to do an assessment and formulate a case, how to develop a systemic process with the couple, how to move from content to process, and how to use a wide range of effective techniques. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"This outstanding text revision by Weeks and Fife addresses an important gap in the professional literature on couples and family therapy. Authored by experienced researchers and seasoned clinicians, this book combines clinical perspicacity with critical-mindedness. The excellent clinical examples and practical guidelines make this text a worthy resource for all clinicians and researchers. I highly recommend it." - Frank M. Dattilio, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

"Probably the most difficult clinical situations to treat, those that often strike terror in a new therapist’s heart, are couples cases. In the updated and fully revised Couples in Treatment, Gerald Weeks and Stephen Fife offer a very sophisticated yet practical metamodel for treating couples. It brings together the most important of the 'common factors' in psychotherapy along with specific evidenced-based interventions and techniques from a variety of models, in a cogent, theoretically consistent metaframework that both experienced and newer practicing clinicians can immediately use to help couples in distress. I highly recommend this book." - Terry S. Trepper, PhD, Editor, Journal of Family Psychotherapy

"How is it possible to endorse a book that is so systematically complete, technically superb, and practically useful? No possible topic is left out and each is covered beautifully, in an easy-to-follow, easy-to-implement style. I wish I had this book when I started to work with couples decades ago. It would have made my job so much easier. This is the kind of treatise that could be assigned reading in any graduate training program and should be welcome by veteran couple and family therapists who want to bring themselves up-to-date in theory, practice, and techniques in couple therapy. To say that I recommend this text wholeheartedly is an understatement; any professionals involved with couples need to learn from it to improve their practices."
- Luciano L'Abate, PhD, ABPP, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Georgia State University

Couples in Treatment is a highly practical book that has become a mainstay in the training of couples therapists. Drs. Weeks and Fife offer many helpful techniques and strategies in the third edition that both the veteran and neophyte couples therapist will be able to use.” - Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD, ABPP, Distinguished Professor, Governors State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415720311
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,249,261
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald R. Weeks, PhD, is Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and is also in private practice.

Stephen T. Fife, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and is also in private practice.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
Pt. I Basic Principles and Processes of Couples Therapy
1 Assessment and Case Formulation 3
2 Orienting Couples to Therapy 20
3 Balanced Intervention 33
4 Systemic Intervention 48
5 Moving from Content to Process 57
6 Building and Managing Intensity 70
7 Individual Therapy and Systemic Intervention 85
8 Working with Highly Reactive and Narcissistically Wounded Couples 96
Pt. II Basic Approaches and Techniques
9 Enhancing Intimacy in Relationships 109
10 Reframing 127
11 Communication Techniques 136
12 Conflict Resolution 149
13 Cognitive Techniques 175
14 Techniques of Marital Contracting 193
15 Feelings 203
16 Extending Techniques from the Office to Home Using Homework 215
17 Treating the Extramarital Affair 226
Afterword 264
References 266
Index 277
About the Authors 289
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