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1st Edition

Restoration Therapy
Understanding and Guiding Healing in Marriage and Family Therapy

ISBN 9780415876261
Published May 11, 2011 by Routledge
254 Pages

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Book Description

How can a therapist help his or her clients and ensure that they continue to maintain the insights and motivations learned during therapy in everyday life, beyond termination? Restoration Therapy is a professional resource that introduces the reader to the essential elements of its namesake, and from there guides clinicians to a systemic understanding of how certain forces lead to destructive cycles in relationships, which perpetuate more and more dysfunction among members. Clients and therapists both will understand issues more clearly, experience the impacts that emotion can have on insight, and practice the process so more loving and trustworthy relationships can take hold in the intergenerational family.

Table of Contents

Section I: Understanding Pain, Coping and Assessment

This section details the manner in which the Restoration Therapy Model sees the essential elements of love and trust in relationships. Further, the section delineates a methodology for understanding how questions or violations in the area of love and trust give rise to coping styles that become engrained patterns of behavior. Finally, it gives the reader a systemic understanding of common relational patterns and why those patterns tend to move toward promoting either relational strengths or dysfunction.

Chapter 1: Love and Trust: The Theory of Relationship

Chapter 2: Coping with the Stress: The Secret to Understanding Personality and Behavior

Chapter 3: The Process of Pattern

Section II: The Therapeutic Work in Restoration Therapy

The focus of the chapters in this section is to develop an appreciation for how to work the therapeutic process in Restoration Therapy. The chapters detail how to be a sensitive and constructive therapist as well as insightful and dynamic in the change process.

Chapter 4: Becoming a Wise Therapist

Chapter 5: Moving Toward Change and Intervention

Chapter 6: The Brain and Accomplishing Change

Section III: Utilizing the Restoration Therapy Model

Chapter 7: Restoration Therapy and Work with Individuals

Chapter 8: Restoration Therapy and Work with Couples

Chapter 9: The Work of Forgiveness

Chapter 10: Restoration Therapy and Work with Families

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Terry D. Hargrave, PhD, is a Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California and is president and in practice at Amarillo Family Institute, Inc. He is nationally recognized for his pioneering work with intergenerational families and is the author of numerous books and journal articles.

Franz Pfitzer, MD, is the Chief of Psychiatry at the Klinik St. Irmingard in Prien am Chiemsee, Germany.


“As an academician and clinician, I am delighted with how scholarly, comprehensive, and broadly useful Restoration Therapy is! Hargrave and Pfitzer have culled, compiled, and distilled the existent empirical and theoretical family therapy literature to provide us a remarkably strengths-based approach to contemporary individuals, couples, and families." - Robert E. Lee,  Florida State University, USA

“Terry Hargrave and Franz Pfitzer demonstrate how to do therapy with a clarity and confidence that conveys to a client, ‘You Are Safe With Me.’ They encourage therapists to be mindful of who they are, personally, and help them to understand why their clients love and care for others the way they do, which therapists can use to help balance their clients’ lives.” - Linda Metcalf, Texas Wesleyan University,  USA

“Building on their extensive background in Contextual Family Therapy, the authors pioneer a compelling approach to treating relationships where violations of love and trust require affective and cognitive strategies to reorganize patterns of distance and distress.” - James L. Furrow, Fuller Theological Seminary, California, USA