Marriage Counseling: A Christian Approach to Counseling Couples

Marriage Counseling: A Christian Approach to Counseling Couples

by Everett L. Worthington Jr.


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Marriages are in trouble today. That is clear. Effective mothods of combating this trend are less evident. Counselors, pastors and social workers need more than mere theories or mere moralizing. They need a practical and comprehensive model for understanding couples and their problems. They need a throughly Christian perspective that is biblical, compassionate and human.
Everett Worthington provides this in an integrated, biblically based theory of marriage and marriage therapy with analysis at three levels: the individual, the couple and the family. The model he has constructed, with techniques drawn from the major psychological schools, is standard enough to guide counselors in actual interventions and powerful enough to produce change.
A thoroughgoing overview of the assessment process includes practical, workable guidelines for: creating realistic, mutually-agreeable goals for counselor and clients; estimating the number of sessions needed to reach those goals; and planning the actual assessment, intervention and termination sessions.
Next Worthington offers specific techniques for enhancing cooperative change, intimacy, communication, conflict resolution and forgiveness within the marriage. But keeping couples from slipping back into old patterns is one of the counselor's most difficult tasks. So Worthington concludes with suggestions for solidifying change and effectively concluding the counseling relationship.
Here is a text that will be a standard for counselors, pastors and mental health professionals in the years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830817696
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 01/11/1993
Pages: 382
Product dimensions: 6.98(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Everett L. Worthington Jr. (Ph.D., 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.
Worthington has studied forgiveness since the 1980s and has published more than two hundred articles and papers on forgiveness, marriage and family, psychotherapy and virtue in a wide variety of journals and magazines. He was the founding editor of Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal and sits on the editorial boards of several professional journals. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN and The 700 Club and been featured in award-winning documentary movies on forgiveness such as The Power of Forgiveness and The Big Question. He is the author of seventeen books including Handbook of Forgiveness, Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling and Forgiving and Reconciling.

Table of Contents

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Part 1: Introduction

1. The Need for Marriage Counseling by and for Christians

Part 2: Understanding Marriage

2. Individuals and Their Coupling

3. Principles of Marriage within the Family

4. The Marriage throughout the Family Life Cycle

Part 3: Early Phase of Counseling Troubled Marriages

5. Overview of Counseling: Assessment, Invtervention and Termination

6. Joining the Marriage

7. Assessing the Marriage

8. Setting Goals

9. Conducting Assessment and Feedback Sessions

Part 4: Changing Troubled Marriages

10. Promoting Change Through Counseling

11. Changing Intimacy

12. Changing Communication

13. Changing Conflict

14. Changing Hurt, Blame and Sin

Part 5: Promoting Commitment

15. Consolitdating Changes

16. Termination

17. Commitment of the Counselor

Appendix: Current Theories of Marriage Counseling


Subject Index

Author Index

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