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Couples Therapy : Feminist Perspectives
Hill, Marcia, EdD and Esther D. Rothblum, PhD (Eds)
Routledge / Haworth Press / Softcover / 1997-03-01 / 1560230940
Couple Therapy / Women's Issues
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How can you provide effective, meaningful therapy to couples with whom you have little or nothing in common? Couples Therapy: Feminist Perspectives addresses some of the inadequacies, omissions, and assumptions in traditional couples therapy to help you face the issues of race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation in helping couples today. In this book, you’ll uncover perspectives that are grounded in an appreciation of cultural context, the effects of privilege, and the centrality of a respectful stance on the part of the therapist. Anyone seeking to do informed and responsive work with couples in distress will find it a useful and valuable compilation.

Couples Therapy: Feminist Perspectives describes a variety of feminist approaches to couples therapy--giving you a sense of the range of feminist practice in this area and illustrating approaches you can integrate into your work with couples. Specific topics you’ll explore include:
cultural considerations in couples therapy
narrative approaches to couples therapy
dilemmas in working with heterosexual couples
working with lesbian couples
the particular issues of interracial couples
the African-American lesbian couple
empathy and mutuality in therapy with couples
Whether you’re an experienced psychologist, social worker, marriage and family counselor, or therapist or a student of family and couples therapy, Couples Therapy: Feminist Perspectives will help you prepare to respond effectively to a more diverse clientele.
Reviews: “The major reason I liked it was its immediate usefulness. . . . I am using the chapter on ‘African American Lesbian Couples: Ethnocultural Considerations in Psychotherapy’ by Beverly Greene and Nancy Boyd-Franklin, in my graduate Psychology of Women course to sensitize the students to the challenges to African American lesbians in both interracial relationships and relationships with ethnic peers. This is a short, practical, easy-to-read book, aimed particularly at practitioners, but with a clear research base in each chapter. Because of its brief, straightforward style and readability, however, this book is a useful adjunct to other sources. In addition to its educational value for practitioners, it could be used as a supplementary book of readings for courses or continuing educational experiences in couples therapy, multicultural psychology and lesbian issues.”
Psychology of Women Quarterly

“For the feminist therapist, the literature about working with couples has often been disappointing. Much of what is available assumes that all couples are heterosexual and white, often assuming as well that such couples should or do have children, are able-bodied, and in general fit the therapist’s notion of mainstream America. It is not surprising that couples who do not fit this profile have been reluctant to seek out therapy for relationship difficulties. And, perhaps, that reluctance has been just as well, given that therapists often have been ill-prepared to respond effectively to a more diverse clientele.”
From the “Foreword” by Marcia Hill

Contents: Contents Unsexing the Couple
Cultural Considerations in Couples Therapy
Loving Across Race and Class Divides: Relational Challenges and the Interracial Lesbian Couple
The Narrative/Collaborative Process In Couples Therapy: A Postmodern Perspective
African American Lesbian Couples: Ethnocultural Considerations In Psychotherapy
The Use of Voice for Assessment and Intervention in Couples Therapy
Intimate Partners: A Context for the Intensification and Healing of Emotional Pain
From Isolation to Mutuality: A Feminist Collaborative Model of Couples’s Therapy
Reference Notes Included

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