Couple Therapy: A New Hope-Focused Approach

Couple Therapy: A New Hope-Focused Approach


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Following the successful Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling, Jennifer Ripley and Everett Worthington Jr. have written a new book that expands upon their previous theoretical approach while describing in detail new practical interventions for couple counseling and enrichment.
Weaving together classic cases outlined in Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling and over 75 brand new practical interventions, Ripley and Worthington root their practical examples in an even deeper theoretical framework and research in attachment and intimate bonds. Written with the couple counselor in mind, this book occupies a rare niche that is accessible not only to therapists and counselors but also to pastors and married couples alike.
Both licensed clinical psychologists and experienced counselors, the authors base this follow-up work on the pillars of their Hope-Focused Couples Approach. The assessment tools included help facilitate improved marriages in many settings, and the combination of theory and real-life case studies easily integrates into the practices of professional counselors and researchers as well as into the lives of couples.
Instructor Resources for classroom use include activities, video demonstrations of the authors in couples therapy, audio lectures, testbank, chapter summaries and a sample syllabus.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830828579
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 07/29/2014
Series: Christian Association for Psychological Studies Books
Pages: 399
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jennifer S. Ripley (PhD) is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Virginia, where she is a professor of psychology and the director of clinical research at the Marriage and Ministry Assessment Training and Empowerment Center at Regent University. She has sat on the board for the Christian Association for Psychological Studies and has served as program chair for the Psychology of Religion division of the American Psychological Association.

Everett L. Worthington Jr. (PhD, University of Missouri) is professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and former executive director of the Templeton Foundation's A Campaign for Forgiveness Research. He is the author of seventeen books, including Handbook of Forgiveness, Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling and Forgiving and Reconciling.

Table of Contents

Why You Need This Book

Part I: A Theory of Change

1. Wanted: A Wise and Humble Counselor

2. A Sensible, Tested, and Effective Approach to Helping Couples

3. Make Therapy a Positive Growth Experience for Couples

4. Addressing the Couple's Context

Part II: Beginning Counseling

5. Pre-counseling Interventions

6. The Intake

7. After the Intake

Part III: Case Studies in Treatment Planning

8. The Wounded but Hopeful Couple

9. The Cool Virtues Couple

10. The Enrichment Couple

11. The "Should We Marry?" Couple

12. The Complicating Factor Couple

13. The Couple with a Psychological Disorder

14. The High Conflict Couple

15. The "Accept the Things I Cannot Change" Couple

16. The Kitchen Sink Couple

Part IV: Interventions within the Sessions

17. Session Management in the Hope-focused Couples Approach to Counseling

18. HOPE Interventions (Handling Our Problems Effectively)

19. BOND with Me: Bind Our Nurturing Devotion

20. Addressing Hurts in Relationships

21. Forgiving and Reconciling through Experiencing Empathy (FREE)

22. Reconciliation and Rebuilding Trust with Couples

Part V: Conquering the Difficulties You'll Face

23. Assessing Change throughout Treatment

24. Resistance and Roadblocks

25. Counselors? Negative Reactions to Couples

26. Working with Partners Who Have a Trauma History

27. Pornography Use and Internet Sexuality

Part VI: Concluding Treatment Using the Hope-Focused Couples Approach

28. Termination

29. Post-Counseling Check ups

30. It Works, But Is It True?

What People are Saying About This

Kristina Coop Gordon

"This book is a clear, organized, integrative and extremely pragmatic approach to couples counseling that helps therapists carefully tailor their treatments to couples' specific needs. Everyone from the novice to the experienced therapist can find something of great value in what these authors have to offer. Their attention to framing therapeutic tasks around couple strengths in order to better address deficits and, perhaps more importantly, give couples hope is particularly novel and thought-provoking. I found several appealing new strategies that I am looking forward to integrating into my own couples work; I am sure the reader will find many useful ideas as well."

Tim Clinton

"As president of an organization with nearly fifty thousand Christian counselors, I am passionate about connecting those who help others with therapeutic approaches that are both evidence based and biblically sound. In Couple Therapy Ev Worthington and Jennifer Ripley present one of the top—if not the top!—marriage counseling approaches available today. This book is packed full of research, insights and over seventy-five new counseling and coaching techniques. A must for every licensed therapist, pastoral counselor, marriage coach, lay counselor and graduate student!"

Les and Leslie Parrott

"If you're looking for a solid resource to show you exactly what works and what doesn't in successfully counseling couples, look no further. This is the book. It goes far beyond theory and provides more than one hundred practical tools that are sure to find a place in your go-to repertoire of interventions. Every serious couples therapist will want to keep this book very handy."

Gary J. Oliver

"Couple Therapy represents a unique, original and long-overdue contribution to the field of marriage counseling. In fact, this is indeed the most significant integrative resource for Christian couples therapy published in the twenty-first century. From theory to first steps to case studies, worksheets and handouts to specific interventions, this clearly written book is a gold mine, a library of resources in one volume, giving counselors a practical road map. It builds on a strong biblical and theological foundation, is research informed, scientifically sound, empirically validated, evidence based and therapeutically rich. Both professional and pastoral counselors will find this an invaluable resource. Jen and Ev have given us a remarkable gift. It will touch your heart, stimulate your mind, increase your confidence and encourage your practice. Simply put: if you work with couples you need to invest in this book. It will be required reading of all of my students, and it will be a resource you will refer to often."

David J. Van Dyke

"Ripley and Worthington provide a text that is built on their previous work, and innovates in providing hope-filled interventions for clinicians and couples. I look forward to having my students use this book as a foundation for their training in working with couples. I also look forward to integrating these interventions into my own work with couples (and in my own marriage). Ripley and Worthington are building on the current research in attachment theory, cultural contexts impacting relationships and neurobiology. In addition, they are faithfully infusing Christian distinctiveness into these domains. What emerges is a text that assists clinicians to provide counsel based in current research, best practices and Christian virtues (e.g. Colossians 3). If you work with couples or teach graduate students how to do couples therapy, this book is a must for your clinical 'tool box.'"

Linda Mintle

"If you are looking for a book that integrates hope, faith and love with best practices in couple's work, this book is the one to buy. Couple Therapy: A New Hope-Focused Approach is an A to Z guide to successful couple treatment that is comprehensive and research based, but also filled with interventions and practical help. Worthington and Ripley have taken a good approach and made it great. Speaking as a licensed marriage and family therapist for over thirty years, this is a resource you need to add to your library today."

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