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Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling : A Guide to Brief Therapy

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Revised
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9780830827640

ISBN10:
0830827641
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
8/17/2005
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Intervarsity Pr
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Summary

Everett L. Worthington, Jr. offers a comprehensive manual for assisting couples over common rough spots and through serious problems in a manner that is compassionate, effective and brief. His hope-focused (rather than problem-focused) approach enables couples to see that change is possible and gives them a new outlook on the future. Combining this with a brief approach that addresses the realities of managed care and tight budgets, Worthington shows how to be strategic in each counseling situation by including teaching, training, exercises, forgiveness, modeling and motivation.At the heart of the book are dozens of interventions and exercises, includingdrawing on central valuespromoting confession and forgivenessstrengthening communicationaiding conflict resolutionchanging patterns of thinkingdeveloping intimacycementing commitmentBacked by years of experience and substantial research, hope-focused marriage counseling offers hope to counselors that they can provide help to troubled couples quickly, compassionately and effectively. This paperback edition includes a new introduction, summarizing the latest findings and developments in marital counseling and applying hope-focused marriage counseling to today's cultural and clinical realities.

Author Biography

Everett L. Worthington, Jr. is chair of the department of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University and serves as director of VCU's Marital Assessment, Therapy and Enrichment Center.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface xiii
Introduction xv
PART ONE: THEORY
Brief Marital Counseling
17(11)
Bird's Eye View of Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling
28(17)
Using the Strategy to Promote Hope
45(14)
Applying the Strategy to Eight Areas of Marriage
59(16)
PART TWO: INTERVENTIONS
Precounseling Interventions
75(9)
Assessment Interventions
84(17)
Interventions for Drawing on Central Values
101(10)
Interventions for Revisioning a Core Vision
111(17)
Interventions for Promoting Confession & Forgiveness
128(19)
Interventions for Strengthening Communication
147(21)
Interventions for Aiding Conflict Resolution
168(27)
Interventions for Changing Cognition
195(18)
Interventions for Stimulating More Closeness
213(25)
Interventions for Cementing Commitment
238(14)
Interventions for Promoting Couple Commencement from Counseling
252(8)
Essentials of Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling
260(8)
Appendix: Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling with a Young Professional Couple: A Case Study (Terry L. Hight) 268(17)
Notes 285(19)
Author Index 304(2)
Subject Index 306(4)
Scripture Index 310


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