Contemporary Issues in Couples Counseling explores the most difficult issues that people in the helping professions face when treating couples and provides concrete solutions for addressing them effectively. Using the revolutionary choice theory and reality therapy approaches to couples counseling, the book shows clinicians how to combine a relationship-based approach with the pragmatism of cognitive-behavior therapies. Both experienced and beginning clinicians will find Contemporary Issues in Couples Counseling ideal for helping clients focus on the here and now, not the past, and for creating treatment plans that meet clients' individual needs while also addressing the needs of their partners.
Table of Contents
Part I: Choice Theory and Reality Therapy. Wubbolding, Robey, Introduction to Choice Theory and Reality Therapy. Robey, Wubbolding, An Interview with William Glasser and Carleen Glasser. Part II: Issues and Applications. Olver, Multicultural Couples: Seeing the World Through Different Lenses. Robey, McIntosh, Relationship Recovery After Infidelity. Burdenski, Recovering from Substance Misuse. Fain-Morgan, Counseling Military Couples. Buck, Resolving Differences, Disagreements, and Discord. Casstevens, Care-giving Couples and Adult Children Diagnosed with Major Psychiatric Disorders. Smith Cissé, When Childhood Trauma Haunts the Couple Relationship. Minatrea, Duba, Counseling Inter-faith Couples. White, Robey, The Struggle for Identity as a Gay Couple. Roth, The Celebrity Challenge: Counseling High-profile Clients. Shaffer, Couples Counseling and Illness: The Real Deal. Part III: Proactive Approaches to Good Couple Relationships. Britzman, Nagelhout, What Will It Be Like Being Married to Me? Crowell, Mobley, A Contextual Approach to Relationship Assessment. Gilchrist Banks, Using Choice Theory and Reality Therapy in Premarital Counseling. Part IV: Conclusion. Robey, Wubbolding, Carlson, Commentary from the Editors.
"When it comes to helping relationships, clinicians require up-to-date, proven methods. Contemporary Issues in Couples Counseling covers the content that clinicians of all persuasions and all levels of experience need to bring their practice into the twenty-first century." - Jeffrey K. Zeig, Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Arizona, USA
"Contemporary Issues in Couples Counseling is a practical and usable example of counseling at its best, one that will appeal to any counselor or therapist looking for an effective approach backed by sound theory. This book is a fascinating read, and we recommend it enthusiastically for professionals or anyone wishing to improve their own relationships." - William Glasser, and Carleen Glasser, coauthors of Getting Together and Staying Together: Solving the Mystery of Marriage
"Is there any doubt that the quality of our lives is a consequence of the choices we make? In Contemporary Issues in Couples Counseling, the editors have assembled a diverse and valuable group of chapters. At a time when we desperately need to strengthen relationships to effectively meet our many social and cultural challenges, this book provides what we most need: practical guidelines and the common-sense reasons to choose to follow them." - Michael D. Yapko, author of Depression is Contagious: How the Most Common Mood Disorder is Spreading Around the World and How to Stop It