Conventional couples therapy focuses on correcting specific relationship problems, but this method is often limited because it does not result in lasting improvement. In Couple Power Therapy: Building Commitment, Cooperation, Communication, and Community in Relationships, Drs. Sheras and Koch-Sheras introduce the Couple Power Therapy model, an exciting new approach in which partners cocreate a unified vision for their relationship. These seasoned couples therapists use a series of sequential tasks to teach the partners how to transcend their individual identities to nurture "the couple as entity," in effect, crafting a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. This shifts the paradigm away from the therapist's responsibility for success to the couple’s responsibility, from the more negative emphasis of focusing on problems to a more positive goal of creating a fulfilling relationship, and from a quick fix to lifelong development skills.
At the heart of this model are the tasks known as the "4 Cs" of Couple Power Therapy: commitment, cooperation, communication, and community. Upon learning these tasks, the authors note, any couple can develop and maintain the solid foundation that is crucial for successful couplehood. Packed with exercises and illustrative case studies, this innovative book is an indispensable resource for therapists seeking to empower their clients and equip them with the progressive and practical tools necessary for healthy, long-lasting partnerships.
Part of the APA Psychologists in Independent Practice (Division 42) series
Part I: A New Paradigm for Relationships: Couple as an Entity
Chapter 1: Redefining Couple
Chapter 2: The Co-Creating Couple: A New Possibility
Part II: The Tasks of the Co-Creating Couple: The Four C’s
Chapter 3: Commitment
Chapter 4: Cooperation
Chapter 5: Communication
Chapter 6: Community
Part III: Putting the Model to Work
Chapter 7: Roadblocks Along the Way: Obstacles to Implementing the Four C's
Chapter 8: Creating a New Future for Couples: Expanding Couple Consciousness