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Couples Therapy, Second Edition
Berg-Cross, Linda
Routledge / Haworth Press / Softcover / 2001-03-01 / 0789014548
Couple Therapy
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Harness the power of an integrative approach to couples counseling!

Why do marriages fail? The behaviorist or cognitive therapist explains that unhappy couples have self-defeating ways of thinking about their spouses and themselves. The sociologically oriented counselor points to the impact of social trends and dramatic changes in child-rearing and social expectations. A therapist oriented toward psychodynamics or systems theory sees the destructive patterns of childhood replayed in the marriage, with spouses taking on rigid roles. The pastoral or humanist counselor believes that partners who cannot experience self-fulfillment through commitment and trust will feel less love and grow more and more disconnected. Couples Therapy, Second Edition, brings together all these points of view to make a unified whole.

This integrative approach proposes a new model of successful marriage based on four cornerstones: resiliency, social support, adaptability, and self-fulfillment. Weaving together theory and research, Couples Therapy, Second Edition, explores how common issues can lead to trouble in relationships. It suggests specific interventions so therapists can teach clients to deal with such problem areas as anger management, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, parenting conflicts, in-laws, work pressures, and sexual dissatisfaction.

Couples Therapy, Second Edition, offers a sound theoretical framework as well as practical ideas. Through clinical vignettes and up-to-date research, it makes the common conflicts and developmental stages of marriage so understandable that it can be profitably read by clients as well as counselors. Its invaluable resources for the couples therapist include:
end-of-chapter professional development questions
therapeutic exercises
answers to frequently asked professional and ethical questions
intervention suggestions for the therapist
self-assessment questionnaires
book and video recommendations on each chapter topic
Written in clear, readable prose, Couples Therapy, Second Edition, offers practical help for the experienced clinician as well as theoretical overviews for the counselor in training.
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Reviews: “USEFUL FEATURES INCLUDE SELF-ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRES, answers to frequently asked professional and ethical questions, and book and video recommendations on each chapter topic. Material is accessible to clinicians, counselors, and clients.”
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“A RICH RESOURCE for both the practicing clinician and the sophisticated layperson. ACCESSIBLE AND JARGON FREE. . . . A treasure house of practical techniques and clinical wisdom consistently supported by reference to empirical findings.”
Robert M. Prince, PhD, ABPP, Past President, Section V (Psychologist-Psychoanalyst Clinicians) of Division 39, American Psychological Association

“The genius of this book is that it is both a SENSIBLE, EVEN-HANDED REVIEW OF THE FIELD and a DETAILED, PRACTICAL GUIDE TO THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUE. Dr Berg-Cross examines four 'cornerstones' of the marital relationship: resilience in managing dysphoric affect, role functioning in family and work environments, adaptability in communication, and fulfillment in personal and spiritual growth. AN EXCELLENT TEXT FOR STUDENTS AS WELL AS EXPERIENCED THERAPISTS. Use the four cornerstones to solidify your couples work!”
Elizabeth A. Brett, PhD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine

The Organization of the Book
Learning aids Used in Each Chapter
Which Clients Will benefit from the Information in This Book?
Part I. The Resiliency Cornerstone: Creating an Optimistic Philosophy of Life
Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral
Rational Emotive Psychotherapy
Restructuring and Reframing Marital Perceptions
The Marriage Tax
Choose an Identity: Be a Duck or a Sponge
The Art of a Successful Marriage
Chapter 1. Anger and the Couple Relationship
The Heads and Tails of Couple anger: Self-Imposed and Retaliatory Anger
Self-Imposed Anger
Retaliatory Anger
The Three Worst Ways to Respond to Spousal Aggravation
Positive Ways to Respond to Spousal Anger
Types of Arguments Between Couples
Anger and Violence
Learning Aids
Chapter 2. Depression and the Couple Relationship
Marital Distress Provokes and Maintains Depression
What Causes Depression?
Common Personality Traits and Depression Marriage
External Stress and Depression in Marital Relationships
Coping Styles and Depression in Marriage
The Protective Nature of Social Support
Characteristics of Marriages with a Depressed Partner
Effectiveness of Marital Therapy in Treating Depression
Enlisting the Aid of a Resourceful Spouse
Learning Aids
Chapter 3. Anxiety and the Couple Relationship
Anxiety: What Are the Symptoms?
The Existential Meaning of Anxiety
Couple Anxiety and the Use of Defense Mechanisms
Provokers of Anxiety in Marriage
Maladaptive Responses to Anxiety: Alcohol Use, Anxiety, and the Marital Relationship
Characteristics of the Anxiety-Reducing Spouse
Learning Aids
Part II. The Social Support Cornerstone: Creating Family and Community Roles That Enhance the Partner Relationship
Theoretical Orientation: Sociocognitive
The Cultural Influence of Work on Marital Relationships
The Cultural Changes in Parenting and Their Effect on Family Life
Cultural and Religious Diversity and Its Effect on In-Law Relationships
Cultural Conflicts and the Wedding Ceremony
Coping Strategies Characteristic of Intercultural In-Law Relationships
The Phenomenon of Cultural Confusion
Chapter 4. Parenting and the Couple Relationship
The Task of Parenting
The Bidirectional Approach: How Children Influence Parents
Influence of Family Dynamics on Marital Relationships
Developmental Tasks for Couples During the Family Life Span
Learning Aids
Chapter 5. Effects of Housework and Employment on Couple Relationships
Housework and the Couple Relationship
Employment and Its Effects on the Couple Relationship
Major Types of Spillover
Methods of Coping: Home-Based Work
Learning Aids
Chapter 6. In-Laws and the Couple Relationship
In-Law Combinations
Factors Affecting In-Law Relationships
Learning Aids
Part III. The Adaptability Cornerstone: From Adaptability to Rigidity--Reducing Conflict with Effective Communication
Theoretical Orientation: Family Systems and Psychodynamics
Psychodynamic Theories
Systems Theories and Couple Communication
Chapter 7. Communication
What Do Couples Communicate About?
Communication Problems
Methods for Improving Marital Communication
Learning Aids
Part IV. The Self-Fulfillment Cornerstone: Creating a Spiritual Connection
Theoretical Orientation: Humanistic and Theological
Self-Fulfillment Through Commitment and Trust
Organized Religion, Spirituality, and Marriage
Eastern Religions, Personal Fulfillment, and Marital Fulfillment
Judeo-Christian Religious Traditions, Personal Fulfillment, and Marital Satisfactions
Personality Theories, Personal Fulfillment, and Marital Satisfactions
Chapter 8. Sexuality and the Couple Relationship
Sexual Relationships
Most Common Types of Sexual Problems and Treatments
Learning Aids
Chapter 9. Spirituality and the Couple Relationship
What Is Spirituality?
Promoting Spiritual Development by Feeling Loved
Promoting Spirituality by Fostering Intimacy
Promoting Spirituality Through Sexual Relationships
Promoting Spirituality by Fostering Commitment
Promoting Spirituality by Fostering Forgiveness and Acceptance
Promoting Spirituality by Fostering Congruence
Learning Aids
Chapter 10. Finishing Touches: Frequently Asked Professional and Ethical Questions
Name Index
Subject Index
Reference Notes Included

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