Updating and expanding upon the highly acclaimed and widely adopted Clinical Handbook of Marital Therapy, this book is a comprehensive, authoritative guide to therapy with couples. Placing couple therapy at the center of cutting-edge developments in the broader domain of psychotherapy, the volume presents a balanced mixture of both major enduring clinical methods and recent conceptual, clinical, and empirical advances.
Organized for optimal clinical use, the book begins with a detailed analysis of the major models of couple therapy. Noted contributors present descriptions of strategies and techniques and link these to a basic theoretical framework. Included are entirely new in-depth chapters on problem- and solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, object relational, and ego-analytic therapies, as well as chapters on Bowen family systems, emotionally focused, group, and preventive approaches. Ways in which influential theories have been refined in the last decade are clearly delineated.
Each chapter follows a uniform structure, presenting detailed discussions of:
* The theoretical model of couple distress/dysfunction
* Rationale for how the treatment approach follows from the model
* Overall strategy, including diagnostic/assessment procedures, typical goals, structure of therapy session, and hypothesized active ingredients of the approach
* The therapist's role in the therapeutic process and typical technical errors
* Specific strategies, including major techniques, common obstacles, and limitations of the approach
* Common clinical issues such as managing resistance, handling acute relationship distress, and dealing with termination
Chapters in Part II discuss issues of culture, gender, religion, race, and sexual orientation, exploring the ways deeply felt personal values in these areas can cause conflict between partners as well as problems in the therapeutic discourse. Also examined are ruptures of the relational bond and the facilitation of healthy divorce processes.
The conduct of couple therapy with psychiatric disorders is addressed in Part III. Each chapter considers:
* The usual diagnostic definition of the problem
* How relationship issues contribute to the (individual)
problem; and how individual problems contribute to
* Nondyadic factors that may play a role in the etiology or
maintenance of the disorder
* The limitations of a purely "relational therapy" approach
* Other interventions that can be used within the framework of
a relationally focused therapy.
Considered are depression, anxiety, personality disorders, alcoholism, eating disorders, and sexual desire disorders.
Authoritative and comprehensive, the Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy is a worthy successor to its highly acclaimed and widely adopted predecessor. Presenting a wealth of practical and theoretical information on the full range of couple therapy interventions, the work is invaluable for a variety of professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, and nurses. It also serves as an excellent text for advanced courses in these areas.
Neil S. Jacobson, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington. Author of 200 articles and 9 books, Dr. Jacobson is one of the most widely cited family therapists in the world. He has received awards from both the American Family Therapy Academy and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for his cumulative, distinguished, and lifetime contributions to family therapy research. He has also received MERIT and Research Scientist Awards from the National Institute of Health for his seminal and prolific contributions to mental health research. Jacobson is past-President of the American Association for Behavior Therapy, and a designated Master Lecturer by AAMFT.
Alan S. Gurman, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Dr. Gurman has edited or written such highly regarded books as the Handbook of Family Therapy, the Casebook of Marital Therapy, and the Theory and Practice of Brief Therapy. A past Editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and past President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Dr. Gurman has received numerous awards in recognition of his contributions to the fields of psychology and family therapy. He is also the co-editor of the soon-to-be-released Modern Psychotherapies: Theory and Practice. He maintains a clinical practice in Madison, Wisconsin.
Table of Contents
|Therapy with Couples: A Coming of Age? Gurman & Jacobson|
|Models of Intervention with Couples|
|A. Major Theories of Couple Therapy|
|Bowen Family Systems and Marriage|
|Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy|
|Cognitive Aspects of Cognitive-Behavioral Marital Therapy|
|The Ego-Analytic Approach to Couples Therapy|
|The Emotionally Focused Approach to Problems in Adult Attachment|
|Problem- and Solution-Focused Couple Therapies: The MRI and Milwaukee Models|
|Psychoanalytic Marital Therapy|
|Group Therapy with Couples|
|Prevention and Relationship Enhancement|
|Couple Therapy and Relationally Defined Problems and Issues A 23|
|Redefining the Past, Present, and Future: Therapy with Long-Term Marriages at Midlife|
|Gendered Aspects of Marital Therapy|
|Therapy with Same-Sex Couples: An Introduction|
|Ruptures of the Relational Bond|
|Crises of Infidelity|
|The Assessment and Treatment of Marital Violence: An Introduction for the Marital Therapist|
|Facilitating Healthy Divorce Processes: Therapy and Mediation Approaches|
|Couple Therapy and Selected Psychiatric Disorders|
|Marital Therapy in the Treatment of Alcohol Problems|
|Anxiety Disorders: The Role of Marital Therapy|
|A Marital/Family Discord Model of Depression: Implications for Therapeutic Intervention|
|Conceptualization and Treatment of Eating Disorders in Couples|
|Object Relations Marital Theory of Personality Disorders|
|Treating Sexual Desire Disorders in Couples|
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