Doing Couple Therapy Integrating Theory with Practice

ISBN-10: 0393703924

ISBN-13: 9780393703924

Edition: 2002

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Outlining the basic principles of the many approaches to family therapy, this book is aimed at family therapy students and beginning therapists. It includes guidelines for working with people from a range of ethnic backgrounds.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/17/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

A Synthesis of Family Therapy Concepts
Our Basic Treatment Framework: Overlapping and Interlocking Concepts
Our Philosophical Stance
Systems Theory
Bowen Theory
Object Relations Theory
Postmodern Constructivism
The Developmental Family Life-Cycle Paradigm
Contextual Influences
Comparing and Contrasting Earlier Models with Postmodern Thinking
Connecting What We Think with What We Do
Methods of Intervention
Guidelines for Assessment and Evaluation of the Couple System
Countertransference: Identifying the Therapist's Own Emotional Responses
Identifying and Managing Intense Reactivity of Clients
Ethical and Therapeutic Dilemmas
Therapeutic Responsibility: Some Ethical and Legal Considerations
Our Philosophy Regarding Diagnosis and Labeling
Indications and Contraindications for Couple Therapy
The Case Study of Laura and Michael
The Initial Contact--The Couple as a System
The First Telephone Call
Individual or Couple Work
The First Session: The Affair Revealed
The Power of Family-of-Origin Influences
The Couple's Attraction
Focus on Strengths and Instilling Hope
Join the Couple System
Clarify Each Partner's Perception of Problem
Connect Presenting Problem to Family-of-Origin
Set the Frame and Boundaries of Therapy
Family Secrets Exposed
Clarification of the Visual Picture of Laura and Michael's Genogram
The Crowded Marital Bed
Planning the Next Steps of Therapy
Boundaries and the Couple System
Boundaries Between Self and Other
Object Relations Theory
Projective Identification: An Intrapsychic and Interpersonal Concept of Object Relations Theory
The Couple's Dance
Punctuate Strengths of Couple
Triangular Patterns
Loops, Patterns, and Circularity
Internalized-Other Interviewing: Creating a Pathway for Change
Externalizing Conversations: Creating More Pathways for Change
The Art of Questioning
Circular Questioning
Reflexive Questions
Guidelines for Crafting Questions That Generate Change
Unconscious Agendas
Jennifer Reed's Crowded Bed
Belief Systems of Jennifer Reed
Containment Versus Disclosure
Impact of Countertransference Disclosure
Gender Influences
Ethnicity and Religious Influences
Internal Processing and Musings of Jennifer Reed
The Untouchable Wound
Opening Windows of Vulnerability
The Impact of Stories, Secrets, and Myths
Grief, Loss, and Healing
Secrecy and Shame
Exploring the Nonverbal Realm
A Psychodramatic Journey with Laura and Michael
The Ripple Effect of Change
Effects of Couple Therapy upon the Children
Effects of Couple Therapy upon Family-of-Origin
Rituals Relating to the Life Cycle
Endings and New Beginnings
Varieties of Endings in Therapy
Our Step-by-Step Treatment Format with Various Populations
Becoming a Couple in a Mixed Marriage
The Interconnection of Interactions at Different Levels of a System
A Hispanic Couple with Teenage Children
Grief, Loss, and the Family Life Cycle
Ethnic and Cultural Considerations
Crisis Work with a Couple Encountering Multiple Losses at Midlife
Vicki and Bob's Story
A Blended Marriage
Family Composition at a Glance
The Ruptured Bond
Continuation of Therapy with the Wilder Family
The Blending of Therapists' and Clients' Cultures
Remarriage: The Blending of Multiple Cultures
Couples Facing Aging, Illness, and Death
A Personal Examination of Loss
Reflections about Self-Disclosure
Family Beliefs and Attitudes about Illness and Death
Assumptions Underpinning Our Work With Grief and Loss
Couples Experiencing Domestic Violence
Overview of Domestic Violence
A Supervision Session
Assessment and Treatment of Domestic Violence: The Model of the Southern California Counseling Center
Dialogue of Consultation
Therapist's Biases, Prejudices, and Concerns Regarding the Subject of Domestic Violence
Necessary Knowledge and Skills
Working with Sexually Distressed Couples
Evolving Paradigms in Human Sexuality
Taking a Sexual History
Mike and Lynn
Sexual Intimacy: A Developmental Task
Working with the Lesbian and Gay Population: It Starts with Self-Examination
Working with Oppressed Populations
Meeting the Challenge: Developing Culturally Sensitive Training Contexts
Personal Reflections
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