9780231123426

Transforming the Legacy: Couple Therapy With Survivors of Childhood Trauma

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  • ISBN13:

    9780231123426

  • ISBN10:

    0231123426

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-09-01
  • Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIV PRESS

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Summary

To serve the increasing numbers of individuals who have survived interpersonal and domestic violence, or as refugees, have sought asylum from political violence, armed conflict, or torture, Transforming the Legacy presents an innovative relationship-based and culturally informed couple therapy practice model that is grounded in a synthesis of psychological and social theories. This unique couple therapy model encompasses three phases of clinical practice: Phase I entails a process of establishing safety, stabilization, and a context for changing legacies of emotional, sexual, and/or physical abuse. Phase II guides reflection on the trauma narrative. The goal of phase III is to consolidate new perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors. Within these phases, the model -- illustrated with rich case studies -- focuses on specific issues, including: intersubjectivity between the client and clinician (such as transference and countertransference, vicarious traumatization, and racial identity development); intrapersonal, interactional, and institutional factors; the role of the "victim-victimizer-bystander" dynamic in the couple and therapeutic relationships; preserving a locus of control with clients; flexibility in decisionmaking regarding clinical processes; and specific practice themes, such as the composition of a couple, the role of violence, parenting, sexuality, affairs, dual diagnoses, and dissociation. A dramatic departure from formulaic therapeutic approaches, this biopsychosocial model emphasizes the crafting of specific treatment plans and specific clinical interventions to show how couple therapy can transform the legacies of childhood traumatic events for a wide range of populations, including military couples and families, gay lesbian/bisexual/transgendered couples and families, and immigrant and refugee couples and families. This thorough attention to issues of cultural diversity distinguish Transforming the Legacy from the current literature and make it an invaluable resource for clinicians in a wide range of professional disciplines.

Author Biography

Dennis Michls is associate professor of clinical social work at Smith College School for Social Work.

Table of Contents

Preface
Context
Introduction Historical Review
Theoretical Foundations
Social Theory
Family Theory
Trauma Theory
Object Relations Theory
Attachment Theory
Couple Therapy
Practice Biopsychosocial Assessment
Phase-Oriented Couple Therapy
Model Clinician
Responses Clinical
Case Illustration
Specific Clinical
Issues Military Couples and Families
Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgendered Couples and Families
Immigrant and Refugee Couples and Families
References
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