1st Edition

Clinical Casebook of Couple Therapy

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ISBN 9781462509683
Published January 18, 2013 by Guilford Press
450 Pages

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Book Description

An ideal supplemental text, this instructive casebook presents in-depth illustrations of treatment based on the most important couple therapy models. An array of leading clinicians offer a window onto how they work with clients grappling with mild and more serious clinical concerns, including conflicts surrounding intimacy, sex, power, and communication; parenting issues; and mental illness. Featuring couples of varying ages, cultural backgrounds, and sexual orientations, the cases shed light on both what works and what doesn't work when treating intimate partners. Each candid case presentation includes engaging comments and discussion questions from the editor.

See also Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy, Fourth Edition, also edited by Alan S. Gurman, which provides an authoritative overview of theory and practice.

Table of Contents

1. The Evolving Clinical Practice of Couple Therapy, Alan S. Gurman
2. Attunement, Disruption, and Repair: The Dance of Self and Other in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, P. Susan Hazlett
3. Explanation and Description: An Integrative, Solution-Focused Case of Couple Therapy, Thorana S. Nelson
4. The North-Going Zax and the South-Going Zax: From Impasse to Empathic Acceptance in Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy, Erika Lawrence and Rebecca L. Brock
5. Therapy with a Gay Male Couple: An Unlikely Multisystemic Integration, David E. Greenan
6. A Clinical Format for Bowen Family Systems Therapy with Highly Reactive Couples, Peter Titelman
7. A Good-Enough Therapy: An Object Relations Approach, Judith P. Siegel
8. El Tigre, El Tigre: A Story of Narrative Practice, Victoria C. Dickerson and Kathie Crocket
9. Rewiring Emotional Habits: The Pragmatic/Experiential Method, Brent J. Atkinson
10. Relational Empowerment in Couple Therapy: An Integrative Approach, Mona DeKoven Fishbane
11. Opening Steps: A Structural Approach to Working with Couples, Douglas S. Rait
12. Self-Soothing and Other-Soothing in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples, Rhonda N. Goldman and Leslie S. Greenberg
13. Searching for Mutuality: A Feminist/Multicultural Approach to Couple Therapy, Sheila M. Addison and Volker Thomas
14. Getting Over a Rough Spot: A Short-Term, Problem-Focused Approach, Sam R. Hamburg
15. Building Intimacy Bridges: From the Marriage Checkup to Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy, Melinda Ippolito Morrill and James V. Córdova
16. The Me Nobody Knows: Attachment Repair in Couple Therapy, Marion F. Solomon
17. Creating Self-to-Self Intimacy: Internal Family Systems Therapy with Couples, Richard C. Schwartz and Adrian J. Blow
18. At the Risk of Losing Our Misery: Existential Couple Therapy, Jerrold Lee Shapiro
19. Happily Ever After: A Couple Therapy from Three Perspectives, David C. Treadway

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Alan S. Gurman, PhD, until his death in 2013, was Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. A pioneer in the development of integrative approaches to couple therapy, he edited and wrote many influential books; was a past two-term editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy; and was former President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Dr. Gurman received numerous awards for his contributions to couple and family therapy, including the Distinguished Achievement in Family Therapy Research Award from the American Family Therapy Academy and the Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association. He also received the Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching and Training from the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.


"Couples today face the daunting challenges of stress-laden lives and precious little time to nurture their relationship, and couple therapists find themselves with many complex cases. In this timely volume, Gurman and a cadre of leading couple therapists provide a wealth of practical guidelines, case illustrations, and commentary from their own experiences and varied practice orientations. Both beginning social work students and experienced practitioners will find this casebook invaluable."--Froma Walsh, PhD, Codirector, Chicago Center for Family Health, and Mose and Sylvia Firestone Professor Emerita, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

"This is the only recent couple therapy book I've seen that features a broad range of real cases presented by clinicians from a variety of orientations. It is wonderfully engaging. Whether you are new to couple therapy or are a seasoned clinician, this book will expand your understanding of what happens throughout the course of couple therapy, including both clinical successes and disappointments. Read this book--you will learn, be inspired, and gain an even greater appreciation of how the field of couple therapy has evolved."--Donald H. Baucom, PhD, Richard Simpson Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Clinical Casebook of Couple Therapy would be an excellent companion to Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy in a graduate-level couple therapy class. The case examples do an outstanding job of putting 'meat' on the theoretical bones of the different approaches, permitting both a deeper understanding of each approach and consideration of similarities and differences across them. Students will get an inside view of the alternating challenges and breakthroughs that comprise the intricate dance of therapy."--Brian D. Doss, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Miami
"This clinical casebook offers extraordinary insights into the practice of couple therapy. It reflects the diversity and breadth of couple therapy today and provides a great opportunity to see master clinicians addressing some of the most interesting clinical challenges. The stories embedded in these chapters are intriguing dramas that clinicians and students will enjoy as they learn new strategies and techniques."--William M. Pinsof, PhD, President, The Family Institute at Northwestern University
"Clinical Casebook of Couple Therapy proves once again that although theories of couple therapy can be neat and tidy, real therapy cases seldom are. Readers learn from the pros how to improvise over the course of therapy, using one’s preferred theory as a touchstone along the way. Gurman’s incisive questions throughout the text provide an additional dimension that greatly enriches the experience."--Robert-Jay Green, PhD, Distinguished Professor, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Francisco

This is a real blockbuster, with nineteen chapters and twenty-six authors....Clearly it should be on the shelf in any library of a training centre. It represents a very important compendium of knowledge.
--ACP North London Magazine, 2/3/2011