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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.