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2nd Edition

The Disordered Couple

ISBN 9781138578593
Published March 22, 2019 by Routledge
352 Pages

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Book Description

The Disordered Couple, Second Edition, focuses on couples with psychiatric disorders and/or relational disorders that significantly impact their relationship, mental health, and well-being. It is the first and only book to provide mental health professionals and trainees with cutting-edge, culturally sensitive, and evidence-based clinical strategies for working effectively with disordered couples.

While maintaining its focus on disordered couples, this second edition adds several new features and considers key trends that have impacted the structure of couples and families since the original edition appeared, including the influence of social media and technology, legalization of same-sex marriage, increases in the availability of Internet pornography, and changes in societal norms regarding romantic relationships. The disorders covered reflect revisions to the DSM-5 and both psychiatric disorders and relational disorders, and the book highlights clinically relevant and culturally sensitive intervention practices for working with a wide variety of disordered couples. Chapters also include a section on specific multicultural implications for the type of couple discussed. 

With proven strategies for effectively assessing, conceptualizing, and implementing treatment with disordered couples, this book is an essential reference for marital, clinical, counseling, and psychiatry professionals, as well as trainees in these areas. The Disordered Couple, Second Edition, will be of great assistance to mental health professionals in providing disordered couples with the most up-to-date, culturally sensitive, and relevant clinical care.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Disordered Couple: Moving Forward James Bitter Introduction: The Changing Landscape of Couple Therapy Today and Tomorrow Katherine Helm and Len Sperry Part I: Treating Disordered Couples Today 1: Issues and Treatment Considerations in Couple Therapy Today Katherine Helm 2: Social Media and the Impact of Technology on Couples and Their Disorders Kimberly Duris 3. Assessment, Diagnosis, and Case Conceptualization with Couples Len Sperry Part II: Disordered Couples 4. The Depressed and Bipolar Couple Chante’ D. DeLoach 5. The Psychotic Couple Len Sperry and Michael P. Maniacci 6. The Anxious Couple Katie L.  Springfield and Rosa M. Macklin-Hinkle 7. The Traumatized Couple Emily Petkus 8. The Borderline Couple George Stoupas 9. The Narcissistic Couple James Morris III 10. The Histrionic Obsessive-Compulsive Couple Len Sperry and Michael P. Maniacci 11. The Eating Disordered Couple Sofie Azmy 12. The Sexually Disordered Couple Shannon B. Dermer and Molli E. Mercer 13. The Alcohol and Drug Addicted Couple Michael R. Lloyd and Ellen Thursby 14. The Sexually Addicted Couple Emily Petkus and Lisa Brown 15. The Distracted Couple Larry Maucieri 16. The Domestic Violence Couple Lisa Brown  Part III: Developmental Issues Impacting Couples 17.The Sandwich Generation: Stage of Life Issues in Couples Ken Oliver 18. Religious and Spiritual Issues in Couples Steven J. Sandage, Chance A. Bell, Sarah H. Moon, and Elizabeth G. Ruffing Part IV: Treating Disordered Couples: Retrospective and Prospective 19. The Disordered Couple: Past, Present and Future Len Sperry and Katherine Helm Index

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Len Sperry, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Mental Health Counseling and Director of Clinical Training at Florida Atlantic University and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin, U.S.A. He is an early pioneer in psychotherapy outcome research, a leader in the treatment of personality disorders and disordered couples, and an originator of spiritually oriented psychotherapy. Among his 1000+ publications aresix on psychopathology and eight on families and couples. 

Katherine Helm, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Director of Graduate Programs in Counseling at Lewis University, Romeoville, IL, U.S.A., and a psychologist and supervisor of clinical training at a university counseling center. She has authored several publications about multicultural issues in mental health, couples and sexuality issues, and pedagogy in multicultural courses. Katherine has also appeared in training videos for counselors and therapists.

Jon Carlson, Psy.D., Ed.D., was, until his death, a Distinguished Professor at Adler University in Chicago, U.S.A. He authored 62 books and produced 300 instructional videos used to train the next generation of practitioners. He has received lifetime achievement awards from professional associations including the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, and the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology.


"As couple therapy inevitably leaves the confines of private practice and becomes more and more incorporated into integrated primary care practices, this is the manual for the future. This is the book that will support core training in the helping professions. Couples counselors and marital therapists; social workers; couple/marital psychologists; psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses; pastoral counselors: get ready. These are the couples we will be serving for the next twenty-five years."-from the Foreword by James Robert Bitter, Ed.D., Professor of Counseling and Human Development, East Tennessee State University, U.S.A.