The techniques described here are the familiar ones of establishing contracts and contigencies and training in communication and problem-solving skills. As the reader will see, these techniques are eminently teachable. The fact that they are described here and that they are teachable suggests that clinical technology has stepped forward a long way from the arcane mysteries which characterized psychotherapy efforts in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The aspect of this work which sets it clearly in the forefront is the emphasis upon soft clinical skills as being a necessary .
Table of Contents
I. Marriage And Marital Distress From A Social Learning Perspective, 2. General Considerations 3~- Initial Interview, 4. Assessment Of Relationship Dysfunctions 5. Persuasion Influence, And The Collaborative Set: The Nonspecific Of Marital Therapy 6. Increasing Couples’ Positive Exchanges 7. Communication And Problem-Solving Training, 8. Contingency Contracting,, 9. Treatment Strategies For A Variety Of Problem Areas 10. Empirical Status 11. Case Illustrations, 12. Conclusion: Marital Therapist As Scientist-Practitioner .
Neil S. Jacobson, PhD (deceased), was Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington. A prolific contributor to the literature of both psychology and couple therapy, he published numerous influential books, including Reconcilable Differences (with Andrew Christensen). Past President of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy and Master Lecturer for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Dr. Jacobson was at the forefront of the development of behavioral couple therapy, as well as the treatment of depression and domestic violence. His distinguished contributions to marital and family therapy research were recognized with awards from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Family Therapy Academy, among others.