1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Couple and Family Therapy

Edited By Katherine M. Hertlein Copyright 2024
    576 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge International Handbook of Couple and Family Therapy is a comprehensive text that promotes innovative frameworks and interventions in couple and family therapy from a cross cultural perspective.

    A diverse range of international contributors explore the role that demography, regionality, cultural and political crises, and policy, have on the issues faced by couples and families. Collectively, the chapters articulate unique ideas in conceptualizing the needs of families with international backgrounds, adapting the current models and frameworks to work with this population most effectively. The text is split into four sections covering: personal voices and philosophical perspectives, theory and models, specific applications with international populations, and emerging perspectives.

    This handbook is essential for individual practitioners, researchers, psychotherapists, and related mental health professionals, as well as academics with an interest in working with couples and families.

    Section I: Personal Voices and Philosophical Perspectives

    1. The State of Couple and Family Therapy Internationally

    Katherine M. Hertlein and Alexis Washington

    2. Addressing Existential Concerns in Families Amongst Contemporary Shifts - A Psychoanalytic, Object Relations Perspective

    Cheri L. Hausmann

    3. Milan School of Family Therapy

    Umberta Telfener

    4. A Narratological Study of a Family-Therapeutic Case History

    Werner Pfab

    5. Family Rituals

    Carmen V. Nieto, Kimberly N. Usbeck, Jia-Xin Teo, and Karrison A. Rimon

    6. Lived and Successful Sexuality: A Challenge for Couple and Family Therapy

    Dr. Ingo Zimmermann

    Section II: Theories and Models in an International Context

    7. Sociocultural Attunement in Family Therapy

    J. Maria Bermudez, Teresa McDowell, and Carmen Knudson-Martin

    8. Socio-Relationally Responsive Supervision for Inclusive Learning: A Discursive Perspective

    Dr. Saliha Bava

    9. Emotional Divorce and Couples Therapy in Iran

    Afarin Rajaei and Parmida Safavi

    10. 'It's more than I can manage': Psychosocial Counseling and Family Therapy for Refugees in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

    B. Bräutigam, A. H. Lohrasbi Nejad and L. Werle

    11. Bi-National and Multicultural Expat Couples in Mexico City: Exploring Covert Cultural Contracts

    Jason James Platt and Elizabeth Ann Willems

    12. Systemic Family Therapy in Africa: Past, Present, and Future Trends

    Ronald Asiimwe, Michelle Karume and Rosco Kasujja

    13. The Development of Cambodian Family Therapy

    Bernhild Pfautsch

    14. Taiwanese Couples and Families: Current Treatment Perspectives

    Chi-Fang Tseng and Pei-Fen Li

    15. Bosphorus Connecting Europe and Asia: Couple and Family Therapy in Turkey

    Yudum Söylemez and Senem Zeytinoğlu Saydam

    16. The Therapeutic Dance of Bowenian Therapy and South Asian Families: Issues to Consider

      Gita Seshadri and Shruti Poulsen

      Section III: Specific Applications with International Populations

      17. Medical Family Therapists Working with Culturally Diverse Patients - Using the Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Model with Chronically and Terminally Ill Patients and their Families

      Vaida Kazlauskaite and Elena Angelkova

      18. Solution Focused Brief Therapy: Global Practices

      Sara Smock Jordan and Benjamin T. Finlayson

      19. Bridging Training and Experiences: Expanding Clinical Practices with Latinx Communities

      Melissa M. Yzaguirre and Andres Brown

      20. Recommendations for Working with Trauma Within Incarcerated Couples and Families

      Eman Tadros and Sreevidya Nibhanupudi

      21. Addressing Technology Misuse in Relationships: A Cross Cultural Therapeutic Perspective

      Katherine M. Hertlein

      22. Cross-Cultural Technology Use in Maintaining Romantic and Familial Relationships

      Katherine M. Hertlein, Nicole Feno, Alysha Robinson, Norma Gomez, Jonathan Molina and Teri Raven

      23. Experientialism: Finding Unconditional Positive Regard in a World of Chaos

      Tabitha N. Webster, Dumayi Gutierrez and Reihaneh Mahdavishahri

      24. Immigrant and Refugee Families: Theory and Practice

      Zamzam Dini, Marwa Ibrahim and Connor Callahan

      25. Systemic Therapy in Central and South America: Past, Present, and Future

      Ruth Casabianca

      Section IV: Emerging Perspectives

      26. Risks and Side-Effects in Systemic Family Therapy

      Matthias Ochs, Jakub Caha & Tomáš Řiháček

      27. Interracial Couples: Clinical Considerations for a Contemporary World

      Maxine R. Notice

      28. Sino-American Family Therapy: A Chinese Perspective on Traditional Western Family Therapy Methods

      John K. Miller, Hu Yaorui and Dai Xing

      29. An Adaptive Application of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Iranian Immigrant Couples

      Reihaneh Mahdavishahri

      30. Yoruba Nigerian and European-American Couples: International Considerations for Therapy

      Rachael A. Dansby Olufowote

      31. Practicing Couple Therapy in the Middle East: Arab and Muslim Related Critiques and Clinical Considerations

      Mona ElRoby Saleh, Sarah K. Samman and Rachael A. Dansby Olufowote

      32. Towards a Bicultural Parenting Model for South Asian Immigrant Parents

      Rajeswari Natrajan-Tyagi and Shruti Singh Poulsen

      33. An Integration of Collaborative Language Systems and Symbolic Experiential Family Therapy with Transnational Families

      Nicole Sabatini Gutierrez and K. Loette Snead

      34. Relational Resiliency in an Age of Digital Chaos: Collective Strategies for Prevention and Healing in an Electronic World

      Katherine M. Hertlein


      Katherine M. Hertlein, Ph.D., (she/her) is a Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, School of Medicine, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). She received her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Purdue University Calumet and her doctorate in human development with a specialization in marriage and family therapy from Virginia Tech. Across her academic career, she has published over 90 articles, 12 books, and over 50 book chapters. She is currently the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. She was a 2018-2019 Fulbright Core Scholar, and in this role, served as a Visiting Lecturer and Guest Researcher at the University of Salzburg in Salzburg, Austria. She lectures nationally and internationally on technology, couples, and sex. Dr. Hertlein maintains a private practice in Las Vegas, Nevada.