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Brief Therapy for Couples : Helping Partners Help themselves - W. Kim Halford

Brief Therapy for Couples

Helping Partners Help themselves

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Published: 1st August 2003
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This book presents a flexible, evidence-based framework for treating couples effectively in as few as one or two (and as many as 25) sessions of highly focused therapeutic work. Providing step-by-step guidelines for assessment and intervention, Halford shows how to rapidly negotiate relationship goals and therapy structure, establish and maintain therapeutic momentum, deal with setbacks and destructive arguments, and more. The focus is on helping each partner acquire the skills to modify his or her individual behavior in the service of joint relationship goals. In its briefest form, the therapy comprises a collaborative approach to assessment that develops the couple's commitment to self-guided change. Some couples can then proceed with minimal further input from the clinician, while others may benefit from additional sessions of relationship psychoeducation or more traditional therapist-guided change. The book includes sample client handouts and forms addressing such practical areas as self-evaluation of communication skills, problem solving, and conflict management.

"This book is exciting and stimulating, providing a great example of the combination of science and practice that characterizes good therapy. With his new approach, self-regulatory couple therapy, Halford has successfully expanded upon traditional behavioral marital therapy. Building on the resources of each partner, couples are empowered to define and build the sort of relationship they want. The book is remarkably systematic and clear and features rich clinical examples. Rather than being a cookbook, it encourages the creative application of general principles to the unique problems of each couple. This is a highly valuable text for novice and experienced therapists alike." --Professor Dr. Kurt Hahlweg, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
"This is among the most helpful guides to couple therapy that I have come across in quite some time. It will be valuable to researchers, clinicians, graduate-level instructors, and students as it offers a rare blend of sound clinical advice, a strong empirical foundation, and a 'how to' primer. Halford provides a bridge between where the field of cognitive-behavioral couple therapy has been and where it needs to go. Thus, while self-regulatory couple therapy is a new approach, it does not require a leap of faith from techniques that are already tried and true. Brief Therapy for Couples is a compelling read for those of us treating couples for whom traditional cognitive-behavioral techniques fall short. I enthusiastically recommend this book." --Tamara Goldman Sher, PhD, Institute of Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology
"Reading this book made me want to put Halford's ideas into immediate use in my own clinical work. Especially useful is the emphasis on the ability of individuals to bring about their own changes. The book packs a wallop by challenging whether long-term interventions are really needed for many couples. It also offers an excellent review of the couple therapy literature, written ind

The Nature and Significance of Relationship Problemsp. 1
The Significance of Relationship Problemsp. 2
The Development of Relationship Problemsp. 7
Processes That Maintain Relationship Problemsp. 15
A Model of Couple Relationshipsp. 23
Approaches to Couple Therapy and Their Effectivenessp. 26
Defining Success in Couple Therapyp. 27
Empirically Supported Approaches to Couple Therapyp. 29
Effectiveness of Couple Therapyp. 38
Conclusionsp. 40
Self-Regulatory Couple Therapyp. 42
Self-Regulation and Couple Therapyp. 42
Structure of Self-Regulatory Couple Therapyp. 48
The Process of Self-Regulatory Couple Therapy: Making It Succeedp. 53
Completion of Couple Therapyp. 65
Assessment, Part I: Overview and Initial Sessionp. 67
Overview of Assessmentp. 68
The Initial Assessment Sessionp. 75
Structuring Successful Conjoint Interviewsp. 91
When Assessment Reveals Relationship Crisesp. 96
Assessment, Part II: Second and Any Subsequent Sessionsp. 107
Structure and Content of Second and Any Subsequent Sessionsp. 107
Interpreting Core Assessment Tasksp. 112
Supplementary Assessment Tasksp. 127
How to Manage Common Challenges in Couple Presentationsp. 138
Concluding Assessmentp. 143
Feedback and Negotiationp. 145
Overview of Feedback and Negotiationp. 146
Negotiating Relationship Goals and Therapy Structurep. 157
Managing Common Challenges in Feedback and Negotiationp. 164
Brief Self-Changep. 170
Implementing and Evaluating Self-Changep. 171
Promoting Generalization and Maintenance of Changep. 182
Relationship Psychoeducationp. 191
Process of Relationship Psychoeducationp. 193
Common Themes in Distressed Relationshipsp. 206
Influences on Themes of Couple Adaptive Processesp. 209
Common Variations in Couple Relationshipsp. 220
Linking Relationship Psychoeducation to the Next Steps in Therapyp. 225
Therapist-Guided Changep. 225
Increasing Positivity in Day-to-Day Interactionsp. 226
Promoting Better Communicationp. 232
Conflict Managementp. 248
Changing Negative Thoughts and Feelingsp. 255
After Therapist-Guided Changep. 260
Referencesp. 263
Indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9781572309715
ISBN-10: 1572309717
Series: Treatment Manuals for Practitioners (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st August 2003
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 14.6  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.408