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Marriage and Relationship Education
What Works and How to Provide It

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ISBN 9781462503322
Published December 29, 2011 by Guilford Press
299 Pages

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Book Description

Grounded in extensive research and clinical experience, this indispensable book addresses the ""whats,"" ""whys,"" and ""how-tos"" of conducting effective marriage and relationship education. Leading authority W. Kim Halford reviews a range of contemporary models and provides an in-depth description of his own approach, Couple CARE. Session-by-session guidelines for therapists show how to help groups or individual couples—including those facing major life changes or stressors—foster closeness and communication, manage conflicts, and prevent common relationship problems. The book also explains how to use commercially available online assessment tools to help each couple develop their own relationship goals. It includes 35 reproducible handouts and forms.

Table of Contents

1. What Is Couple Relationship Education? Why Is It Needed?
2. Approaches to Couple Relationship Education and Their Effectiveness
3. Assessment in an Evidence-Based Approach to Couple Relationship Education
4. Couple CARE Program Overview and Tips for Implementation
5. Unit 1: Self-Change
6. Unit 2: Communication
7. Unit 3: Intimacy and Caring
8. Unit 4: Managing Differences
9. Unit 5: Sexuality
10. Unit 6: Looking Ahead

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W. Kim Halford, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. He was previously Professor of Clinical Psychology at Griffith University (1995–2008) and Director of Psychology at the Royal Brisbane Hospital (1991–1995). Dr. Halford has published four books and over 130 articles on couple therapy and couple relationship education. He works with couples adjusting to major life stresses and changes, including developing committed relationships, cancer diagnosis in a partner, becoming a parent, and forming a stepfamily. Dr. Halford leads the international team that developed the Couple CARE relationship education programs, is active in work with couples, and has provided training in work with couples to approximately 20,000 professionals in more than a dozen countries.


"From one of the world's leading marital researchers, this book should be required reading for all mental health professionals interested in relationships and marriage, especially couple therapists who want to expand their practices to encompass the growing field of relationship education. The book is special in that it translates decades of significant research on relationship education into a very clear, user-friendly presentation. I recommend this exciting book for use in undergraduate courses in marriage and the family and in all graduate courses that deal with couple therapy. Buy this book, read it, and put what you learn into practice with clients!"--Howard J. Markman, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Denver

"With this comprehensive, beautifully written book, Halford brings the practice of couple relationship education to a whole new level. The program presented here enhances all aspects of couple functioning and includes specific guidance for helping partners initiate relationship behavior changes and sustain them over time. The book features assessment scales and plenty of illustrative vignettes. It will become an instant classic and core text for therapists, pastoral counselors, and other professionals who want to provide couples with the tools to make their love last."--Peter Fraenkel, PhD, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, The City University of New York; Director, Center for Work and Family, Ackerman Institute for the Family 
"This book sets a new high-water mark, not only for therapists, counselors, and their clients, but also for the field itself. While relationship enhancement programs have often lacked strict accountability based on research, Halford's approach is both clinically relevant and empirically sound. The book details effective assessment and stepped-training procedures with great clarity. Scholarly and accessible, it will have lasting utility for practitioners and students."--Robert L. Weiss, PhD, Department of Psychology (Emeritus), University of Oregon 
"This is the best description and evaluation of couple relationship education programs available today. The book gives you the details of why relationship education is important and how to conduct it. Clinicians and couple educators will flock to this exciting resource."--Jeffry H. Larson, PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Brigham Young University 
"This book presents a state-of-the-art program for relationship education, written by an internationally recognized expert on preventing relationship distress and divorce. The unique integration of scientific findings with a practical 'how-to' guide make this book an unparalleled resource for all those who seek to provide effective, research-based programming for couples. Mental health professionals, graduate students, researchers, clergy, and other relationship educators will find this book incredibly valuable as they work to help couples maintain healthy and stable relationships."--Kieran Sullivan, PhD, Department of Psychology, Santa Clara University

"What is wonderful about this book is that it lives up to its title, providing the latest research about what does and doesn't work in relationship education as well as detailed information about how to actually do it. This is a practical manual filled with vignettes and examples that take you step by step through the process. It is an excellent resource for clinicians who want to provide couple education groups in their communities, or even to incorporate these tools and skills into their therapeutic work with couples."--Robert Taibbi, LCSW, private practice, Charlottesville, Virginia 

"I applaud Dr. Halford for making a valuable contribution to a growing and dynamic field of practice and applied research. The book provides important details on the innovative Couple CARE program, an evidence-based preventive intervention that is pushing the field to seriously consider more accessible self-directed programs to reach more couples. This book would be a valuable text in a psychoeducation course, and would also enrich clinical courses exploring ways to extend the effectiveness of couple therapy with brief, self-directed curricula."--Alan J. Hawkins, PhD, School of Family Life, Brigham Young University

"Truly an outstanding contribution for those who care about couples, this book offers definitive direction and practical resources for leading couples to deeper, more satisfying relationships. Raising the bar on relationship education programs, Halford’s Couple CARE model provides a flexible, research-based, step-by-step approach to strengthening partnerships through self-change. Well illustrated with numerous examples, the book provides key insights and creative exercises for getting couples invested in a more meaningful relationship. Therapists, pastors, and relationship educators will find this an essential guide."--James L. Furrow, PhD, Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy, Fuller Theological Seminary

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