Common Factors in Couple and Family Therapy: The Overlooked Foundation for Effective Practice

Common Factors in Couple and Family Therapy: The Overlooked Foundation for Effective Practice

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Common Factors in Couple and Family Therapy: The Overlooked Foundation for Effective Practice by Douglas H. Sprenkle, Sean D. Davis, Jay L. Lebow

Grounded in theory, research, and extensive clinical experience, this pragmatic book addresses critical questions of how change occurs in couple and family therapy and how to help clients achieve better results. The authors show that regardless of a clinician's orientation or favored techniques, there are particular therapist attributes, relationship variables, and other factors that make therapy--specifically, therapy with couples and families--effective. The book explains these common factors in depth and provides hands-on guidance for capitalizing on them in clinical practice and training. User-friendly features include numerous case examples and a reproducible common factors checklist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606233603
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 08/10/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 226
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Douglas H. Sprenkle, PhD, is former Director of the Doctoral Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Purdue University. He is Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and Human Development and Family Studies, Emeritus, at the Department of Child Development and Family Studies, also at Purdue. Dr. Sprenkle is past Editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and the author or editor of over 100 scholarly articles and six books, including Effectiveness Research in Marriage and Family Therapy and Research Methods in Family Therapy, Second Edition (coedited with Fred Piercy). He received the Osborne Award from the National Council on Family Relations, which is given biannually for outstanding teaching, and the Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Award, the Cumulative Career Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Research Award, and the Training Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Dr. Sprenkle also won the Award for Significant Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice from the American Family Therapy Academy.

Sean D. Davis, PhD, LMFT, is Associate Professor at the Couple and Family Therapy Program at Alliant International University's campus in Sacramento, California, as well as an approved supervisor and clinical member of the AAMFT. Dr. Davis also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. His research, clinical, and teaching interests focus on common factors and bridging the scientist-practitioner gap in marriage and family therapy. His dissertation on common factors won the AAMFT Graduate Student Research Award and the AAMFT Dissertation Award. Dr. Davis has published several journal articles and books, including, most recently, What Makes Couples Therapy Work? and The Family Therapy Treatment Planner, Second Edition (with Frank M. Dattilio and Arthur Jongsma), and maintains a private practice.

Jay L. Lebow, PhD, is Clinical Professor of Psychology at the Family Institute at Northwestern University. He has conducted clinical practice, supervision, and research on couple and family therapy for over 30 years. He is board certified in family psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is an approved supervisor of the AAMFT. Dr. Lebow is the author of 100 book chapters and articles, most of which focus on the interface of research and practice and the practice of integrative couple and family therapy. His published books include Research for the Psychotherapist and four edited volumes, including the Handbook of Clinical Family Therapy. He is a past president of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association and is involved in the Family Institute's Psychotherapy Change Project. Dr. Lebow is the current editor of Family Process.

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