Doing Couple Therapy, First Edition: Craft and Creativity in Work with Intimate Partners / Edition 1
Wise, compassionate, and highly practical, this engaging text covers the entire process of therapeutic work with couples, from opening sessions and assessment through skills building, core issues, and termination. Students and novice couple therapists learn effective strategies for intervening with couples of any age who are struggling with acute crises or longstanding conflicts and power struggles. Rich with sensitive, detailed case material, the book features numerous exercises that help readers identify and develop their own strengths as practitioners. Self-care strategies and tips for getting the most out of supervision are provided. Special topics include how to address couple issues with only one partner and couple therapy applications for chronic mental health problems.
See also the author's Doing Family Therapy, Third Edition: Craft and Creativity in Clinical Practice.
1. Into the Fray: Theoretical Foundation and Overview 2. The Basics: Clinical Goals and Tasks 3. Beginnings: Presentations, Assessments, and Goals 4. Beginnings in Action 5. Clearing the Clutter: Improving Communication Skills 6. Drilling Down: Core Issues 7. Termination 8. Of Money, Sex, and Children: Handling the Power Issues 9. The Challenges of the Early Years 10. Re-Creating the Vision 11. Battle and Loss: Managing the Teenage Years 12. One Big Happy Family: Working with Stepfamilies 13. The Challenges of Old Age 14. One Helping Two, Two Helping One: Working with Individuals in Relationships 15. Life in the Details: The Nuts and Bolts of Couple Therapy Epilogue
Clinicians who treat couples, including couple and family therapists and counselors, clinical psychologists, social workers, pastoral counselors, and psychiatrists; students in these fields. Serves as a text in such courses as Couple Therapy, Social Work Practice with Families and Couples, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Divorce and Remarriage.