9780830817696

Marriage Counseling

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  • ISBN13:

    9780830817696

  • ISBN10:

    0830817697

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1989-06-01
  • Publisher: Ivp Academic

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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Need for Marriage Counseling by and for Christians
Understanding Marriage
Individuals and Their Coupling
Principles of Marriage within the Family
The Marriage throughout the Family Life Cycle
Early Phase of Counseling Troubled Marriages
Overview of Counseling: Assessment, Invtervention and Termination
Joining the Marriage
Assessing the Marriage
Setting Goals
Conducting Assessment and Feedback Sessions
Changing Troubled Marriages
Promoting Change Through Counseling
Changing Intimacy
Changing Communication
Changing Conflict
Changing Hurt, Blame and Sin
Promoting Commitment
Consolitdating Changes
Termination
Commitment of the Counselor
Appendix: Current Theories of Marriage Counseling
Notes
Subject Index
Author Index
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