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When Marriages Fail : Systemic Family Therapy Interventions and Issues - Craig Everett

When Marriages Fail

Systemic Family Therapy Interventions and Issues

Paperback Published: 1st January 2007
ISBN: 9780789028631
Number Of Pages: 314

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Leading experts reveal systemic and integrative approaches to family therapyWhen Marriages Fail: Systemic Family Therapy Interventions and Issues presents several leading experts in the field discussing the full spectrum of clinical interventions and family therapy for troubled and divorcing families. This comprehensive resource presents a broad overview of the literature that provides a foundation for the entire field, then narrows its focus to clearly review clinical assessment models and the special issues that may be factors in conflicted families. Therapists, psychologists, counselors, and social workers learn cutting-edge recommendations for policies protecting the well-being of children involved in divorce, plus practical, specific systemic treatment interventions that are illustrated with case studies.When Marriages Fail is separated into three logically organized sections. Part one provides a helpful overview of the field's evolving literature as it stands now and gives tools to therapists and their clients to explore their internal and dyadic processes in considering whether or not to divorce. The second part presents two systemic models that explore the dynamics of conflicted couples moving toward divorce and considers specific family circumstances that affect the entire divorce process, such as family violence, disclosure of gender orientation, and the unhappiness of the family's children. Part three discusses in detail specific and practical treatment interventions, considering factors involved when diverse families separate, divorce, and remarry.The text also provides a fitting tribute to William C. Nichols, a pioneer of marital and family therapy.Topics in When Marriages Fail include: the therapist's choices in helping couples process their own choices an ecosystemic look at the rights of children in divorce interventions for mourning, adulterous triangles, incongruent goals, cultural differences, or family of origin disclosing gay or lesbian orientation in marriage domestic violence issues children's trauma in the parental break-up family therapy interventions through three systemic stages of divorce remarriage of the first spouse in post-divorce families trauma of the betrayed spouse parent loss and serial relationships "gay divorces"" and more " With Forewords by Douglas Sprenkle and Augustus Y. Napier as well as several international contributors who shed light on how this compelling subject is addressed outside of the United States, When Marriages Fail is an invaluable source of the latest knowledge and interventions for family therapists, counselors, social workers, and psychologists.

"...provides a wealth of information about divorce for beginning and seasoned therapists alike...bridge[s] the gap between legal and mental health disciplines. Everett and Lee provide a concise review of the current literature while offering readers with best practices for working with divorcing families...an invaluable addition to the library of new and seasoned therapists. For beginning therapists, it gives numerous examples of challenges the reader may face when working with divorcing families. For the accomplished therapist, this book covers many possible scenarios that are likely to occur at some point in the therapist's career, as well as challenge therapists' biases about divorce... a valuable resource."

- Brandy M. Lucas, M.S., Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy

About the Editorsp. xi
Contributorsp. xiii
Forewordp. xix
Preface: Tribute to William C. Nichols Jr., EdDp. xxv
An Overviewp. 1
Treating Divorcing Families in Family Therapy: A Literature Reviewp. 3
Early Literature on the Stages of Divorcep. 4
The Introduction of Divorce Therapy and Systemic Treatment Modelsp. 5
Recognizing Children's Experiences in Divorcep. 7
Literature on the Legal and Technical Aspects of Divorcep. 8
Literature on Remarriage and Blended Familiesp. 10
Staying Together or Separating and Divorcing: Helping Couples Process Their Choicesp. 21
An Existential-Dialectical View of "Success" and "Failure" in Marriage and Marital Therapyp. 22
An Existential-Dialectical View of the Decision to Divorcep. 25
The Stages of Divorcep. 31
Encouraging Desirable Pain in the Treatment of Divorcing Couplesp. 32
Author's Reflectionsp. 33
An Ecosystemic Look at the Rights of children in Divorcep. 37
The Ecosystemic Orientationp. 39
Rights of Children in Divorcep. 41
Complicating Factors Considered by Ecosystemic Levelp. 44
Author's Reflections: What Does This Model Highlight for Us?p. 51
Models and Issuesp. 55
Systemic Dynamics and Interventions for Selected Marital Conflictsp. 57
Understanding Marital Conflicts from a Family Systems Perspectivep. 58
Situations That Underlie Marital Conflictsp. 59
Three Clinical Stages of Marital Conflictp. 66
Reaching Therapeutic Solutionsp. 67
Author's Reflectionsp. 69
Four Predivorce Marital Typologies That Aid Clinical Assessmentp. 71
The Critical Issuep. 71
The Divorce Processp. 72
Four Typologiesp. 73
Authors' Reflectionsp. 82
Disclosing Gay or Lesbian Orientation Within Marriage: A Systems Perspectivep. 85
The Gordian Knot of Sexual Orientation Disclosure in Marriagep. 86
The Disclosing Spousep. 87
The Spouse to Whom Disclosure is Madep. 90
Children of Disclosing Individualsp. 91
Family System Reactionsp. 92
Recoveryp. 94
Therapeutic Implicationsp. 95
Author's Reflectionsp. 98
Issues of Separation and Divorce in Families Affected by Domestic Violencep. 101
The Appropriateness of Systems Approaches in Domestic Violence Casesp. 102
Working with the Abuse Survivor in Therapyp. 104
Author's Reflections on the Posture of the Therapistp. 107
Children's Voices in the Midst of Parental Breakup: A Qualitative Study of Trauma in "Ordinary" Familiesp. 111
The Clinical Settingp. 112
Family Dynamics During Separation and Divorce: A Child's Feelings of Helplessnessp. 114
The Application of Trauma Theory to Children's Experiences of Their Parents' Divorcep. 115
Findings of the Study: The Children's Voicesp. 119
Author's Reflections on Helping Children Express Their Feelings in the Therapy Settingp. 126
The Influence of Divorce on Children: A Special Focus on Icelandp. 129
Divorce Statistics in Icelandp. 130
Influence of Divorce on Children and Youthsp. 131
Reactions of Children, Vary with Agep. 132
Clinical Interventionsp. 133
Mediation and Joint Custodyp. 134
Author's Reflectionsp. 137
Postdivorce Relatedness Between Parents, Their Divorce Sons, and Their Grandchildren: A Pilot Studyp. 141
The Relationship of the Paternal Grandparents to the Divorced Familyp. 142
Paternal Grandparents' Reactions to Son's Divorce and Possible Changes in Relationship to Childrenp. 144
Findings and Implicationsp. 145
Clinical Implicationsp. 153
Author's Reflectionsp. 153
Systemic Family Interventionsp. 157
Family Therapy with a Lesbian "Stepparent" Couple Experiencing Partner Abuse: A Case Reportp. 159
Lesbian Domestic Violence and Partner Abuse: An Overviewp. 160
Characteristics of Lesbian "Stepfamilies"p. 162
Treating Partner Abuse in Lesbian "Stepfamilies"p. 165
Author's Reflectionsp. 178
Protecting Children When Parents Are Divorcing: Clinical Issues Through Three Systemic Stages of Divorcep. 181
Protecting Children Through the Structural Decoupling Stagep. 182
Protecting Children Through the Network Coupling Stagep. 187
Protecting Children Through the Structural Recoupling Stagep. 191
Author's Reflectionsp. 194
Surprised by Divorce: Working with the Spouse for Whom the Rejection Was Unanticipatedp. 195
Clinical Issues from a Systems Perspectivep. 196
Selecting Possible Systemic Interventions and Strategiesp. 198
Recognizing the Family System's Responses and Dynamicsp. 200
Author's Reflectionsp. 203
Rebalancing the Postdivorce Family When the First Spouse Remarries: Systemic Family Interventionsp. 205
Discussion of the Clinical Issue from a Family Systems Perspectivep. 206
Selecting Possible Systemic Interventions and Strategiesp. 207
Recognizing the Family System's Responses and Dynamicsp. 211
Author's Reflectionsp. 213
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in the Wake of Divorcep. 217
Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to Divorcing Couplesp. 219
Clinical Vignettep. 220
Case Examplep. 223
Author's Reflectionsp. 225
Using Maps and Vision in Family Therapy with Remarriagep. 229
The Metaphor of Invisible Mapsp. 231
Using Maps with Remarried Familiesp. 232
Working with Maps in Family Therapyp. 233
The Marital Vision in Remarriagep. 237
Authors'Reflectionsp. 243
Family Therapy for the Postdivorce Adjustment of Women Left by 'Their Husbands for Another Womanp. 247
Description of the Clinical Pattern of Traumap. 248
Clinical issues and Treatment Strategiesp. 251
Author's Reflectionsp. 258
The Systemic Treatment of Affairs: A Multicontextual Relational Approachp. 261
The Affair As a Relational Injuryp. 262
The Multicontextual Relational Modelp. 269
Treating Affairs and Healing Relational Injuriesp. 266
Author's Reflectionsp. 276
The Futile Quest: Parental Loss and Serial Relationshipsp. 277
Initial Treatment Concernsp. 278
Shaping the Ongoing Treatmentp. 278
Therapeutic Artistryp. 280
The Lethal Dynamic of Toxic Griefp. 281
The Current Cast As a Reflection of the Inner Emptinessp. 281
Author's Reflections: Continuing the Journeyp. 283
A Therapeutic Look at "Gray Divorces"p. 285
Who Are These Divorcing Adults?p. 287
Contextual Problems of "Gray Divorces"p. 292
Treatment Issuesp. 296
Author's Reflectionsp. 297
Summary of the Career and Publications of William C. Nicholsp. 301
Indexp. 311
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ISBN: 9780789028631
ISBN-10: 0789028638
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 1st January 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.18 x 15.47  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1