Treating Couples / Edition 1

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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. This glut of disinformation encourages unrealistic ideas of what to expect from intimate relationships. How can clinicians maintain their professional edge and meet the challenge of the constantly shifting needs and expectations of their clients? Treating Couples is an accessible guide for the wide range of professionals who practice couples therapy, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and marriage and family and pastoral counselors. Written by experts in the field, Treating Couples promotes the clinical functions of evaluation, assessment, judgment, and hypothesis-formation and testing and will serve as an invaluable resource for determining which approaches are the most ethical, flexible, and creative for the effective treatment of couples.

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

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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
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 (
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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: 707,115
  • 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

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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