Foundations for Couples' Therapy Research for the Real World
As a quality resource that examines the psychological, neurobiological, cultural, and spiritual considerations that undergird optimal couple care, Foundations for Couples’ Therapy teaches readers to conduct sensitive and comprehensive therapy with a diverse range of couples. Experts from social work, clinical psychotherapy, neuroscience, social psychology, and health respond to one of seven central case examples to help readers understand the dynamics within each partner, as well as within the couple as a system and within a broader cultural context. Presented within a Problem-Based Learning approach (PBL), these cases ground the text in clinical reality. Contributors cover critical and emerging topics like cybersex, emotional well-being, forgiveness, military couples, developmental trauma, and more, making it a must-have for practitioners as well as graduate students.
“Jennifer Fitzgerald has put together a very special book about couple therapy. Forty-five prominent sets of experts on couples and couple therapy each focus on a specific body of research which they apply to inform treatment suggestions for seven model cases. The result is a highly accessible view of the research about couples and couple therapy in a uniquely engaging format that covers almost all the important topics in the field. This is what a book that presents evidence based practice should be: Firmly rooted in scientific findings, yet highly engaging. I strongly recommend this book for every couple therapist and student of couple therapy.”—Jay Lebow, PhD, ABPP, clinical professor, The Family Institute at Northwestern, Northwestern University; editor, Family Process
“A goldmine of research-based information on a wide range of approaches to therapy with distressed couples. Approaches discussed include attachment, communication, cognition, caregiving, conflict, emotion, forgiveness, and many more across 46 chapters written by scholars from around the world. To make the book even more relevant and helpful, the various approaches are illustrated by application to specific distressed couples and their issues.”—Patricia Noller, PhD, emeritus professor, School of Psychology, University of Queensland
“Foundations for Couples’ Therapy offers brief, problem-focused chapters on topics of great interest to anyone working with couples. The book covers both basic relationship processes (attachment, cognitions, communication, and intimacy) along with common issues that lead couples to therapy (infidelity, parenting, and sexuality). With chapters from leaders in the field from a variety of backgrounds and orientations, this book offers a comprehensive perspective on how to conceptualize and intervene with couples. It’s a must-read for anyone seeking to expand and deepen their understanding of couples’ therapy.”—Brian D. Doss, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Miami, USA