The Couple and Family Therapist's Notebook: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Marital and Family Therapy / Edition 1

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Get a "sneak peek" at clinical vignettes that demonstrate the power of creative interventions!

Couples and families present unique challenges in therapy, and other books rarely illustrate the effectiveness of particular types of interventions on actual cases. The Couple and Family Therapist's Notebook provides clinicians with a wide range of practical field-tested therapy activities and homework that are solidly grounded to each intervention’s theoretical underpinning, then explores their effectiveness by briefly relating real-life cases. Continuing The Haworth Press Therapist’s Notebook series, respected experts detail how to perform several creative interventions and then follow with insightful clinical vignettes to illustrate under what specific circumstances each particular approach is effective.

Each chapter of The Couple and Family Therapist's Notebook: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Marital and Family Therapy has an objective statement to orient the reader to the homework, handout, or activity, followed by a rationale. Instructions explain how to perform the activity, followed by clinical case vignette, a section of contraindications, and a list of useful resources for both the practitioner and the client. Illustrations and appendixes also provide helpful guides for the therapist.

The Couple and Family Therapist's Notebook: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Marital and Family Therapy gives you the tools for approaches such as:

  • emotionally focused therapy
  • symbolic-experiential therapy
  • transgenerational theory
  • solution-focused therapy
  • experiential therapy
  • and many others
And some of the intervention techniques that are illustrated:
  • the Metaphor of Gardens
  • the Coming Clean Ritual
  • creating rituals for couples coping with early pregnancy loss
  • the Four C’s of Parenting
  • identifying family rules
  • the Systemic Kvebaek Technique
  • physical acting techniques
  • the Feelings Game
  • writing to combat adolescent silence in family therapy
  • Family Stress Balls
  • the Goodbye Book
  • the "Puppet Reflecting Team" Technique
  • family-based school interventions
  • and many more
The Couple and Family Therapist's Notebook: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Marital and Family Therapy provides invaluable insight and vital clinical tools for creative couple and family intervention, perfect for adaptation by counselors, psychotherapists, practitioners in private practice, school systems, hospitals, government settings, homeless shelters, and not-for-profit agencies and counseling centers.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Susan Richardson, MA, PsyD (Private Practice)
Description: This is a compilation of homework activities and handouts for use in clinical work with families and couples.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide marriage and family therapists with novel and diverse interventions for commonly seen problems. Clinicians often need to amplify the clinical hour with homework, so the plan for a resource book is terrific. The book has some very useful handouts and assignments and some that are less direct.
Audience: The book is written for therapists, counselors, social workers, and psychologists who work with couples and families. The editors are both accomplished in the fields of couple and family work. The contributors range in education level and experience, with a number of graduate students submitting activities.
Features: The 31 topics included in the book range from very specific ("Culturally and Spiritually Consonant Treatment of Native Hawaiians") to very global ("The Aesthetics of Communication"). A well-written section covers handling client suicide, but it is a bit surprising to find it in this book. On the downside, topics are not clear from the titles of the interventions (e.g., "Royal Flush"), so the clinician has to search out and re-label activities for quick reference. Also, a search through the couples interventions yielded little for work with infidelity and forgiveness, which was disappointing.
Assessment: Most clinicians would probably find some of the interventions useful. The more specific topics may be less useful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789022363
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: Haworth Practical Practice in Mental Health Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 718,072
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Section I: Interventions for Couples Cheng, Buckman, The Aesthetics of Communication. Murphy, Needful Things: Fostering Communication in Couples. Brimhall, Gardner,Altering the Abyss: Externalizing Negative Interaction Cycles. Shapiro,Money Talks. Jameyfield, Elias, How Does Your Garden Grow? Williams, Negotiating Couple Boundaries: The Metaphor of Gardens. Winek, Craven, The Coming-Clean Ritual. Thomas, Creating Rituals for Couples Coping with Early Pregnancy Loss. Section II: Interventions for Families. Williams, Cushing, The Four Cs of Parenting. Palmanteer, Identifying Family Rules. Hertlein, “Jump, Jump, King Me”: The Systemic Kvebaek Technique. Harris, Wilson, Jackson, Beginning Body Dialogue: An Introduction to Physical Acting Techniques in Family Counseling. Sias, Lambie, Communicating with Children: Feelings Game. Miranda, Black, Name Your True Colors: A Card Game for Engaging Families in Problem-Solving Processes. Hertlein, Royal Flush. Viers, Put on a Happy Face. Hertlein, Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick. Viers, Family Stress Balls. Hertlein, Up, Up, and Away in My Beautiful Balloon. Dust, Drawing the Family System. McWey, Family Drawings with Abused Children: Allowing Room for Expression. Ellis, McClellan, Chicken Little Reconstructed: Trauma Resiliency. Hertlein, Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow: The Good-Bye Book. Hertlein, Hope, The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword: Writing to Combat Adolescent Silence in Family Therapy. Lambie, Sias, Communicating with Teens: Movie Exchange. Haslam, The “Puppet Reflecting Team” Technique. Lee, “Eyes on the Prize”: Incorporating Cultural Knowledge into Goal Development for the African-American Family with a Child with Serious Emotional Disturbance. Forisha, Wright, Tucker, Toward a Culturally and Spiritually Consonant Treatment of Native Hawaiians: An Integration of Family Therapy and Ho’oponopono. Section III: Interventions Including Larger Systems. Zhang, Christiansen, The Healing Journey: Celebrating the Past and Envisioning the Future. Williamson, If You Work with Families, Get to School! Family-Based School Interventions. Vorkoper, Meade, Loss of a Client to Suicide: Suggestions for Before and After a Client Suicide.

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