Relationship Dysfunction: A Practitioner's Guide to Comparative Treatments

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This volume presents 18 different treatment modalities for the same case, demonstrating a rich variety of interventions available for treating relationship problems. Treatment approaches are divided into systems, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, integrative therapies, and postmodern theories. For students who want to prepare for licensure or professional counselors and therapists who want to improve their practice with couples, this newly available and affordable paperback will be an essential resource.

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Louis J. Bevilacqua, Med, is a Doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is the Clinical Director of Connections Adolescent and Family Care, a private psychotherapy practice in Exton, PA that specializes in adolescent and family therapy. He is a National Board Certified Counselor, who has been treating at-risk children and their families since 1986. Mr. Bevilacqua has presented numerous workshops on treating depressed and behaviorally disordered adolescents and their families and has published in the area of suicide. He has also been a Guest Lecturer for Immaculate College. His research interests include teaching comparative therapies, cognitive-behavioral family therapy, and providing clinical supervision to graduate students.

Frank M. Dattilio, Ph.D., ABPP, maintains a dual faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is a licensed psychologist in the states of PA, NJ, NY and DE and is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Dr. Dattilio is board certified in both clinical psychology and behavioral psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and received a Certificate of Training in Forensic Psychology through the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has been a visiting faculty member at several major universities and medical schools throughout the world.

Dr. Dattilio is the recipient of numerous awards, including the award for Distinguished Psychologist by the American Psychological Association's Division 29 and the award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science and Profession of Psychology by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. He is also an inductee of the prestegious College of Physicians of Philadelphia for his many contributions to medicine and science, and is the recent recipient of the 2005 AABT award for "Outstanding Contribution by an Individual for Clinical Activities." He was recently selected to receive the 2007 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology and Humankind by the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Dattilio has more than 200 professional publications and 14 books in the areas of anxiety disorders, forensic and clinical psychology, and marital and family discord. He has also presented extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Africa, Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Cuba, and the West Indies on both cognitive-behavior therapy and forensic issues. To date, his works have been translated into more than 23 languages.

Dr. Dattilio is co-author of the books, Crime and Mental Illness (2007), Practical Approaches to Forensic Testimony (in progress); Mental Health Experts: Roles and Qualificatons for Court (2002); Cognitive Therapy with Couples (1990) and Panic Disorder: Assessment &Treatment Through a Wide Angle Lens (2000); The Family Psychotherapy Treatment Planner (2000), The Family Therapy Homework Planner (2000); co-editor of Comprehensive Casebook of Cognitive Therapy (1992); Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies in Crisis Intervention (1994); (2nd ed., 2000); (3rd ed., 2007); Cognitive Therapy with Children and Adolescents: A Casebook for Clinical Practice (1995); (2nd ed., 2003); and editor of Case Studies in Couples and Family Therapy: Systemic and Cognitive Perspectives (1998). He has also filmed several professional videotapes and audiotapes including the popular series "Five Approaches to Linda" (Lehigh University Media, 1996) and remains on the editorial board of a number of national and international refereed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr.Dattilio's areas of expertise are in couple and family problems, forensic psychological evaluations, and the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders.

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Table of Contents


Foreword, Alan S. Gurman, University of Wisconsin Medical School


• Overview of Couples Therapy, Louis J. Bevilacqua and Frank M. Dattilio
• Introduction and Case Conceptualization of Mike and Jan, Louis J. Bevilacqua and Frank M. Dattilio

Part I: Systems Theories
• Bowen Systems Theory, Daniel V. Papero
• Structural Theory, Harry J. Aponte and Edward J. DiCesare
• Strategic Therapy, James Keim

Part II: Psychodynamic Theories
• Object Relations Therapy, Jill Savage Scharff and Yolanda de Varela
• Adlerian Therapy, Jon Carlson and Len Sperry
• Imago Relationship Therapy, Wade Luquet

Part III: Cognitive-Behavioral Theories
• A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach, Frank M. Dattilio and Louis J. Bevilacqua

Part IV: Integrative Theories
• Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Susan Johnson
• Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy, Janice Jones, Andrew Christensen, and Neil Jacobson
• Integrative Marital Theory, William C. Nichols
• The Intersystem Model, April Westfall
• Conflict Resolution Therapy, Susan Heitler
• Relationship Enhancement Couples Therapy, Barry G. Ginsberg

Part V: Postmodern Theories
• Recasting the Therapeutic Drama: A Client-Directed, Outcome-Informed Approach, Barry L. Duncan, Jacqueline A. Sparks, and Scott D. Miller
• Feminist Couples Therapy, Cheryl Rampage
• Narrative Therapy with Couples, Jill Freedman and Gene Combs

Epilogue, Frank M. Dattilio and Louis J. Bevilacqua

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