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Vividly depicting the process of couple therapy, this casebook provides in-depth illustrations of treatment based on contemporary models. The cases reveal the nuances of couple therapy as it actually unfolds, as opposed to the cut-and-dried examples often found in treatment manuals. Up to date, engaging, and instructive, the book meets a key need for mental health practitioners and students. Jacketedhardcover.
An ideal supplemental text, this instructive casebook presents in-depth illustrations of treatment based on the most important couple therapy models. An array of leading clinicians offer a window onto how they work with clients grappling with mild and more serious clinical concerns, including conflicts surrounding intimacy, sex, power, and communication; parenting issues; and mental illness. Featuring couples of varying ages, cultural backgrounds, and sexual orientations, the cases shed light on both what works and what doesn't work when treating intimate partners. Each candid case presentation includes engaging comments and discussion questions from the editor.
See also Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy, Fifth Edition, also edited by Alan S. Gurman (with Jay L. Lebow and Douglas K. Snyder), which provides an authoritative overview of theory and practice.
Alan S. Gurman, PhD, until his death in 2013, was Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. A pioneer in the development of integrative approaches to couple therapy, he edited and wrote many influential books; was a past two-term editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy; and was former President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Dr. Gurman received numerous awards for his contributions to couple and family therapy, including the Distinguished Achievement in Family Therapy Research Award from the American Family Therapy Academy and the Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association. He also received the Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching and Training from the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.
"Couples today face the daunting challenges of stress-laden lives and precious little time to nurture their relationship, and couple therapists find themselves with many complex cases. In this timely volume, Gurman and a cadre of leading couple therapists provide a wealth of practical guidelines, case illustrations, and commentary from their own experiences and varied practice orientations. Both beginning social work students and experienced practitioners will find this casebook invaluable."--Froma Walsh, PhD, Codirector, Chicago Center for Family Health, and Mose and Sylvia Firestone Professor Emerita, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
"This is the only recent couple therapy book I've seen that features a broad range of real cases presented by clinicians from a variety of orientations. It is wonderfully engaging. Whether you are new to couple therapy or are a seasoned clinician, this book will expand your understanding of what happens throughout the course of couple therapy, including both clinical successes and disappointments. Read this book--you will learn, be inspired, and gain an even greater appreciation of how the field of couple therapy has evolved."--Donald H. Baucom, PhD, Richard Simpson Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Clinical Casebook of Couple Therapy would be an excellent companion to Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy in a graduate-level couple therapy class. The case examples do an outstanding job of putting 'meat' on the theoretical bones of the different approaches, permitting both a deeper understanding of each approach and consideration of similarities and differences across them. Students will get an inside view of the alternating challenges and breakthroughs that comprise the intricate dance of therapy."--Brian D. Doss, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Miami
"This clinical casebook offers extraordinary insights into the practice of couple therapy. It reflects the diversity and breadth of couple therapy today and provides a great opportunity to see master clinicians addressing some of the most interesting clinical challenges. The stories embedded in these chapters are intriguing dramas that clinicians and students will enjoy as they learn new strategies and techniques."--William M. Pinsof, PhD, President, The Family Institute at Northwestern University
"Clinical Casebook of Couple Therapy proves once again that although theories of couple therapy can be neat and tidy, real therapy cases seldom are. Readers learn from the pros how to improvise over the course of therapy, using ones preferred theory as a touchstone along the way. Gurmans incisive questions throughout the text provide an additional dimension that greatly enriches the experience."--Robert-Jay Green, PhD, Distinguished Professor, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Francisco
"This is a real blockbuster, with nineteen chapters and twenty-six authors....Clearly it should be on the shelf in any library of a training centre. It represents a very important compendium of knowledge."