Regarded as the authoritative reference and text, this handbook presents the most effective, widely studied approaches to couple therapy. The distinguished coeditors bring together other leading experts, many of whom developed the approaches they describe. Adhering closely to a uniform structure to facilitate study and comparison, chapters cover the history, theoretical and empirical underpinnings, and techniques of each model. The volume also describes cutting-edge applications for particular relationship contexts (such as blended families, LGBT couples, and separated couples) and clinical problems (such as partner aggression, psychological disorders, and medical issues).
New to This Edition
Chapters on interpersonal neurobiology and intercultural relationships.
Chapters on couple therapy for PTSD, functional analytic couple therapy, and the integrative problem-centered metaframeworks approach.
Many new authors; extensively revised with the latest theory and research.
“Reading the fifth edition of this classic work left me struck by the astonishing progress in the field. Clinical and scientific advances abound in these pages. The chapter authors are the best clinicians and researchers we have. Their original voices come through within a common organizational frame that allows easy comparison across models and topics. The addition of chapters on PTSD, interpersonal neurobiology, and intercultural relationships is particularly noteworthy. This book is straightforward enough for students and beginners and sophisticated enough for senior therapists who want an update on one of the most exciting areas in contemporary psychotherapy.”
—William J. Doherty, PhD, Couple and Family Therapy Program, University of Minnesota
“Truly a tour de force. With thoughtfully crafted chapters by prominent couple therapists who represent the diverse range of theoretical perspectives, this fifth edition offers both empirical support and practical clinical advice. The volume addresses the many changes in the field, highlights up-to-date research findings, and links them to interventions. This book is a 'must read' for anyone learning how to practice couple therapy, as well as for seasoned couple therapists from any theoretical orientation who are committed to practicing state-of-the-art interventions. Readers will find the book to be brilliantly written and clinically illuminating.”
—Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine; past president (2014), American Psychological Association
“Once again, the Handbook rises to the challenge of being the definitive guide to couple treatments, with encyclopedic coverage of different therapeutic approaches, populations, and targeted problems. The fifth edition includes exciting chapters on novel couple therapies for PTSD and intimate partner violence, new tips for working with stepfamilies, and 'news from neuroscience' for the couple therapy field. As in prior editions, the integration of research findings, techniques, and detailed clinical examples facilitates understanding for clinicians at all levels.”
—Brian D. Doss, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Miami
“Remarkable in its breadth and depth. This handbook is a fitting tribute to the late Alan S. Gurman's legacy as the quintessential historian and interpreter of couple therapy. No student or practitioner could consider him or herself informed without a knowledge of these chapters, which are written by a veritable 'who's who' of the discipline. These pages reveal and honor both the diversity among approaches and the striking similarities among core mechanisms of change. If I were to choose one book to anchor my professional library for the next 5 years, this would be it!”
—Douglas H. Sprenkle, PhD, Doctoral Program in Marriage and Family Therapy (Emeritus), Purdue University
“The most comprehensive, well-respected source on how to do therapy with couples. A benefit of the fifth edition is the historical view that the contributors provide; many have been leaders in couple therapy for over 20 years. The book also incorporates the latest developments, such as interpersonal neurobiology. At the University of San Diego, we have used this book for many years as our core text for the Couple Therapy class, and we will enthusiastically incorporate the fifth edition into our curriculum.”
—Jo Ellen Patterson, PhD, Marital and Family Therapy Program, University of San Diego
1. The Theory and Practice of Couple Therapy: History, Contemporary Models, and a Framework for Comparative Analysis, Alan S. Gurman
I. Models of Couple Therapy
2. Cognitive-Behavioral Couple Therapy, Donald H. Baucom, Norman B. Epstein, Jennifer S. Kirby, & Jaslean J. LaTaillade
3. Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy, Andrew Christensen, Sona Dimidjian, & Christopher R. Martell
4. Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, Susan M. Johnson
5. Gottman Method Couple Therapy, John Mordechai Gottman & Julie Schwartz Gottman
Psychodynamic and Multigenerational Approaches
6. Integrative Problem-Centered Metaframeworks Approach, William M. Pinsof, Douglas C. Breunlin, Anthony L. Chambers, Alexandra H. Solomon, & William P. Russell
7. Functional Analytic Couple Therapy, Alan S. Gurman
8. Object Relations Couple Therapy, Judith P. Siegel
9. Bowen Family Systems Couple Coaching, Katharine Gratwick Baker
Social Constructionist Approaches
10. Narrative Couple Therapy, Jill Freedman & Gene Combs
11. Solution-Focused Couple Therapy, Michael F. Hoyt
12. Brief Strategic Couple Therapy, Michael J. Rohrbaugh & Varda Shoham
13. Structural Couple Therapy, George M. Simon
II. APPLICATIONS OF COUPLE THERAPY: SPECIAL POPULATIONS, PROBLEMS, AND ISSUES
Rupture of Relational Bonds: Violence, Affairs, and Divorce
14. Couple Therapy for Partner Aggression, Norman B. Epstein, Carol A. Werlinich, & Jaslean J. LaTaillade
15. Couple Therapy and the Treatment of Affairs, Kristina Coop Gordon, Alexander M. Khaddouma, Donald H. Baucom, & Douglas K. Snyder
16. Separation and Divorce Issues in Couple Therapy, Jay L. Lebow
Couple Therapy and Diverse Relationships
17. Therapy with Couples in Stepfamilies, Patricia L. Papernow
18. Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Issues in Couple Therapy, Robert-Jay Green & Valory Mitchell
19. Couple Therapy and Intercultural Relationships, Kyle D. Killian
Couple Therapy and Psychological Disorders
20. Couple Therapy and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Candice M. Monson & Steffany J. Fredman
21. Couple Therapy and Alcohol Problems, Barbara S. McCrady & Elizabeth E. Epstein
22. Couple Therapy and Depression, Mark A. Whisman & Steven R. H. Beach
23. Couple Therapy and Borderline Personality Disorder, Alan E. Fruzzetti & Luciana Payne
24. Couple Therapy and Sexual Problems, Gerald R. Weeks & Nancy Gambescia
Couple Therapy, Medical Issues, and Interpersonal Neurobiology
25. Couple Therapy and Medical Issues, Nancy Breen Ruddy & Susan H. McDaniel
26. Couple Therapy and Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mona DeKoven Fishbane
About the Editors:
Alan S. Gurman, PhD, until his death in 2013, was Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. A pioneer in the development of integrative approaches to couple therapy, he edited and wrote many influential books; was a past two-term editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy; and was former president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Dr. Gurman was a recipient of awards including the Distinguished Contribution to Research in Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the Distinguished Achievement in Family Therapy Research Award from the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), and the Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award from the Society for Family Psychology, Division 43 of the American Psychological Association. He also received the Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching and Training from the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.
Jay L. Lebow, PhD, is Clinical Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University and a senior therapist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. He is also editor-in-chief of the journal Family Process. He has engaged in clinical practice, supervision, and research on couple and family therapy for over 30 years, and is board certified in family psychology and an approved supervisor and clinical member of AAMFT. Dr. Lebow's numerous publications focus on practice of couple and family therapy, the relationship of research and practice, integrative practice, and intervention strategies with divorcing families. He served on the Board of Directors and as a committee chair of AFTA and is a past president of the Society for Family Psychology. He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from AFTA and the Family Psychologist of the Year Award from the Society of Family Psychology.
Douglas K. Snyder, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Texas A&M University, where he also served as Director of Clinical Training for 20 years. He is coauthor or coeditor of several books, including Helping Couples Get Past the Affair and Couple-Based Interventions for Military and Veteran Families. Dr. Snyder has served as editor of the Clinician’s Research Digest and as associate editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and the Journal of Family Psychology. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Research in Family Therapy Award from AAMFT and the Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award from the Society for Family Psychology.