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The Needs ABC Therapeutic Model for Couples and Families
A Guide for Practitioners

ISBN 9780415873062
Published October 12, 2010 by Routledge
264 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Needs ABC Therapeutic Model for Couples and Families: A Guide for Practitioners shows readers how to successfully tailor a therapeutic approach to meet the needs of couples and families. Beginning clinicians will come away from this book with concrete, practical skills and expanded theoretical base for their practice. They will be able to apply their new knowledge directly and in ways that will help them create long-lasting change in clients who present with difficult behaviors. The book explains the concepts and theories behind the Needs ABC approach and provides tangible methods with which to  integrate aspects of the Needs ABC approach into the therapists' own therapeutic techniques. Practitioners will find that the Needs ABC model is an invaluable complement to cognitive-behavioral, integrative, and other therapeutic models, as well as a general guide to couples and family therapy.

Table of Contents

Introducing the Needs ABC Model. Couples Therapy. Introducing the Needs ABC Relational Needs and Emotion-Focused Components. Expectations for an Optimal Therapeutic Setting. Using the Needs ABC Model in Couple and Family Therapy. Unconscious Factors and Relational Needs. Power and Control in Couples Therapy. Life Stages and Couples. Additional Techniques. After Treatment. Conclusion. References.

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Tom Caplan, MSW is a social worker in private practice who works with individuals, couples, families and groups. He is an adjunct professor at McGill University in the School of Social Work and director and supervisor of the McGill Domestic Violence Clinic. He is also a designated expert in Domestic Violence for the Quebec Court System and does clinical work with forensic populations, is the clinical director of the Montreal Psychotherapy Centre, and is the founder and supervisor of the Montreal Anger Management Centre. He is on the faculty of the Argyle Institute of Human Relations and presents regular workshops, gives trainings and makes frequent academic lectures. He has participated in research projects in collaboration with McGill University, Concordia University, the Jewish General Hospital and the Douglas Hospital, is on the editorial board of Social Work with Groups, is a certified marriage and family therapist and a certified marriage and family therapy supervisor (AAMFT), an internationally certified alcohol and drug counsellor (ICADC), and a member of the Professional Order of Social Workers of Quebec (OPTSQ).