Couple Therapy for Infertility
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This volume describes in step-by-step detail a unique therapeutic approach developed to treat couples confronting the painful challenge of infertility. Therapists learn how they can help couples accept the possibility of not having genetically related children; acknowledge each other's feelings and deal with problems that may arise in their relationship; and assess the potential gains, pitfalls, and psychological effects of available treatment options. Detailed guidelines are set forth for implementing therapeutic interventions in each of five unique stages typically experienced by couples. Illuminating the tasks that couples and therapists face throughout the process, the book is illustrated with extensive case examples that bring the material to life. A useful Appendix provides current information on medical evaluation and treatment.
Table of Contents
1. The Issues and Phases of Infertility
2. Treatment Overview
3. Couple Issues in the Dawning Phase
4. Therapeutic Approach in the Dawning Phase
5. Couple Issues in the Mobilization Phase
6. Therapeutic Approach in the Mobilization Phase
7. Couple Issues in the Early and Middle Immersion Phase
8. Therapeutic Approach in the Early and Middle Immersion Phase
9. Couple Issues in the Late Immersion Phase: The Donor Decision
10. Therapeutic Approach in the Late Immersion Phase: The Donor Decision
11. Couple Issues in the Resolution Phase
12. Therapeutic Approach in the Resolution Phase
13. Couple Issues in the Legacy Phase
14. Therapeutic Approach in the Legacy Phase
Appendix: Medical Evaluation and Treatment of Infertility: A Guide for Clinicians
David Kezur, MSW, is on the teaching faculty of the Ackerman Institute for the Family and is a member of Ackerman's Infertility Project. He has a private practice in New York City.
Mimi Meyers, MSW, is on the teaching faculty of the Ackerman Institute for the Family and is a member of Ackerman's Infertility Project. She has a private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York.
Constance N. Scharf, MSW, is on the teaching faculty of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, where she serves as the Dean of Students and is a member of Ackerman's Infertility Project. She is an adjunct teaching assistant in the Department of Psychiatry and the Mount Sinai Hospital and has a private practice in New York City.
Margot Weinshel, MSW, RN, is on the teaching faculty of the Ackerman Institute for the Family and is a member of Ackerman's Infertility Project. She is Family Therapy Supervisor, Family Studies Program, New York University Child Studies Center, and coauthor of Surviving an Eating Disorder. She has a private practice in New York City.
"This long overdue book is sure to become an authoritative source for understanding and dealing with the many ramifications of infertility. It is a book to be treasured by therapists and couples alike, combining technological information with enlightening therapeutic approaches. It touches on every level of this heartrending experience, with specific guidelines for helping couples through the maze of decisions, choices, disappointments, and possibilities engendered by being childless. No therapist should be without it." --Peggy Papp, MSW
"Couple Therapy for Infertility is an essential reference for clinicians working with infertile couples. Using an excellent blend of research, theory and clinical material, the authors provide a sturdy foundation upon which mental health professionals can build a constructive therapeutic relationship with these couples. This book is both practical and compassionate. The format interweaves issues and therapeutic approaches and is tremendously helpful and accessible. Whether clinicians already have been working in the infertility field or are brand new, Couple Therapy for Infertility is a 'must read.'" --Andrea Mechanick Braverman, PhD, Director of Psychological Services, Pennsylvania Reproductive Associates, Philadelphia, PA
"Professionals who work with the ever-larger number of couples struggling with infertility will welcome this thoughtful, clinically sophisticated guide. The authors elucidate complex biological, psychological, and social issues, providing the reader with a clear and understandable map of the pathway in life known as infertility. Beyond this, they bring together the best elements of current research and family therapy-informed practice. This book is to be commended for the skills it will impart to healthcare providers and the help it will offer to couples." --Donald A. Bloch, MD, Co-Chair, Collaborative Family Healthcare Coalition; Past President, American Family Therapy Academy