Treating Couples / Edition 1

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Overview

Therapists who work with couples are constantly presented with an array of new and often conflicting theories and clinical techniques. At the same time, their clients are being bombarded with advice from talk show "experts" and self-help books that promote the latest relationship fads.Treating Couples weeds through the treatment trAnds'and presents a rational framework for assessing which methods will most effectively meet clients' needs and expectations.Written by experts in the field, this book promotes the value of clinical evaluation, judgment, hypothesis formation and testing as the foundation for determining ethical, flexible and creative therapeutic methods. The contributors provide specific guidance for working through each developmental stage in a couple's life cycle and offer clear-cut techniques for overcoming blame, confusion and misunderstanding. Treating Couples is an accessible guide for the wide range of professionals who practice couples therapy, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, marriage and family counselors, and pastoral ministers.

Interracial, interethnic & interfaith relationships/the homosexual couple/health issues/domestic violence/etc.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Therapists who want to work skillfully with couples are often confronted with a confusing array of theories, techniques, and myths. Treating Couples creatively addresses many of these challenging issues while shining a light to help therapists navigate through this confusing maze. I found this book refreshing and well worth reading for both seasoned practitioners and newcomers to the field." —Ellyn Bader, Ph.D., co-director, The Couples Institute, Menlo Park, California

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Eight contributions by psychologists and psychiatrists discuss the basics and the myths of couples therapy; interracial, interethnic, and interfaith relationships; the homosexual couple; health issues; the difficult couple; domestic violence; and parenting. As in other volumes in the series, the emphasis is on practical techniques. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787902056
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/12/1996
  • Series: Library of Current Clinical Technique
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 997,437
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

HILDA KESSLER is a practicing clinician who specializes in couples therapy and couples groups. Currently, she is on the clinical faculty of the Wright Institute, Berkeley, California. She has been a lecturer at San Francisco State University and San Jose State University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Introduction
1. Basics of Couple Therapy(Hilda Kessler)
2. Myths in Couples Therapy(Hilda Kessler, Margaret Thaler Singer)
3. Interracial, Interethnic, and Interfaith Relationships(Joel Crohn)
4. The Homosexual Couple(Jack Scheimann, WAndy L. Smith)
5.Health Issues in Couples Therapy(Seymour Kessler)
6. The Difficult Couple(Steven A. Foreman)
7. Domestic Violence(Susan E. Hanks)
The Parenting Couple(Vicky A. Johnson)

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