Couples Therapy for Domestic Violence: Finding Safe Solutions

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-06-15
  • Publisher: Amer Psychological Assn

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Up to 65% of couples who seek therapy for marital problems have had at least one prior violent episode. Unfortunately, therapists often miss this critical information because they do not effectively assess for it. This book presents a safety-focused approach to assessment and treatment of couples who choose to remain together after one or both partners have been violent. Treatment options for intimate partner violence have evolved alongside the growing awareness and broader definitions of domestic violence. Since 1997 the authors have conducted Domestic Violence Focused Couples Treatment (DVFCT), collected data, and refined their program. The authors outline their assessment and screening process and share case illustrations to demonstrate when conjoint treatment can be a safe and viable option. Readers get an overview of the 18-session course of DVFCT and tips for adapting it for multi-couple groups or for a single couple. The major tenets of solution-focused therapy, such as underscoring even the smallest of successes, are emphasized throughout, as are the following special features: safety planning; mindfulness techniques for anger awareness and reduction; negotiated time-out procedures; drug and alcohol use modules; and psychoeducational tools and materials on violence. Therapists will learn how to assess intimate partner violence and help couples eliminate all forms of violence and begin on a positive path toward their vision of a healthy relationship.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 3
The Changing Face of Intimate Partner Violence Treatmentp. 7
Assessment for Intimate Partner Violence and Screening for Inclusion in the Treatment Programp. 21
Domestic Violence-Focused Couples Therapy Within a Solution-Focused Frameworkp. 31
Session 1: Honoring the Problemp. 43
Session 2: The Foundation for Domestic Violence-Focused Couples Therapy-Defining the Miraclep. 51
Session 3: Introduction to Intimate Partner Violencep. 63
Session 4: Mindfulness and Safety Planningp. 75
Session 5: Escalation and Negotiated Time-Outp. 87
Session 6: Alcohol and Drug Usep. 109
Sessions 7: Through 18 Phase 2-Conjoint Treatmentp. 121
Constraints, Multicouple Group Adaptations, and Terminationp. 147
Our Clientsp. 161
Our Research Findingsp. 169
Suggested Readingsp. 183
Referencesp. 185
Indexp. 193
About the Authorsp. 203
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