Couples Therapy for Domestic Violence: Finding Safe Solutions

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Overview

This book, presents a safety-focused approach to assessment and treatment of couples who choose to remain together after one or both partners have been violent.

Treatment options for intimate partner violence have evolved alongside growing awareness and broader definitions of domestic violence. Since 1997 the authors have conducted domestic violence-focused couples therapy (DVFCT), collected data, and refined their program. The authors outline their assessment and screening process and share case illustrations to demonstrate when conjoint treatment can be a safe and viable option. Readers get an overview of the 18-session course of DVFCT and tips for adapting it for multicouple groups or for a single couple. The major tenets of solution-focused therapy, such as underscoring even the smallest of successes, are emphasized throughout, as are the following special features: safety planning; mindfulness techniques for anger awareness and reduction; negotiated time-out procedures; drug and alcohol use modules; and psychoeducational tools and materials on violence. Therapists will learn how to assess intimate partner violence and help couples eliminate all forms of violence so they can begin on a positive path toward their vision of a healthy relationship.

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Reviewer: Ileana Ungureanu, MD, PhD (Adler School of Professional Psychology)
Description: This much needed book in the field of couple and family therapy describes the assessment and treatment of couples dealing with domestic violence.
Purpose: It is the result of a research study on treating domestic violence from a relational perspective as opposed to an individual approach. The safety-focused approach described in this book can be used with couples currently dealing with domestic violence or as a prevention step for high-risk couples.
Audience: Written with practitioners in mind, this book will be particularly useful to couples therapists. It is a valuable addition to the readings of an advanced couple therapy class, especially in marriage and family therapy programs.
Features: The book describes the assessment of couples dealing with domestic violence as well as the screening process and the evaluation of couples suitable for couple therapy. Using multiple case presentations, the authors describe the 18-session model and their integration of solution-focused concepts and methods. I find especially useful the authors formulation of safety planning, the negotiated time-out techniques, and the use of mindfulness in dealing with anger.
Assessment: This will be extremely useful in the field of marriage and family therapy, which has lacked until now a handbook addressing domestic violence from a relational perspective. It is very well written and well researched. The presentation of both quantitative and qualitative findings is especially useful for practitioners.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433809828
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 6/15/2011
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 864,412
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 3

Chapter 1 The Changing Face of Intimate Partner Violence Treatment 7

Chapter 2 Assessment for Intimate Partner Violence and Screening for Inclusion in the Treatment Program 21

Chapter 3 Domestic Violence-Focused Couples Therapy Within a Solution-Focused Framework 31

Chapter 4 Session 1: Honoring the Problem 43

Chapter 5 Session 2: The Foundation for Domestic Violence-Focused Couples Therapy-Defining the Miracle 51

Chapter 6 Session 3: Introduction to Intimate Partner Violence 63

Chapter 7 Session 4: Mindfulness and Safety Planning 75

Chapter 8 Session 5: Escalation and Negotiated Time-Out 87

Chapter 9 Session 6: Alcohol and Drug Use 109

Chapter 10 Sessions 7: Through 18 Phase 2-Conjoint Treatment 121

Chapter 11 Constraints, Multicouple Group Adaptations, and Termination 147

Chapter 12 Our Clients 161

Chapter 13 Our Research Findings 169

Suggested Readings 183

References 185

Index 193

About the Authors 203

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