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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.