Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Couples and Families: A Comprehensive Guide for Clinicians  -     By: Frank M. Dattilio
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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Couples and Families: A Comprehensive Guide for Clinicians

Guilford Press / 2013 / Paperback

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From a leading expert in cognitive-behavioral therapy and couple and family therapy, this comprehensive guide combines research and clinical wisdom. The author shows how therapeutic techniques originally designed for individuals have been successfully adapted forcouples and families struggling with a wide range of relationship problems and stressful life transitions. Vivid clinical examples illustrate the process of conducting thorough assessments, implementing carefully planned cognitive and behavioral interventions, and overcoming roadblocks.Usedas a practitioner resource and textworldwide, the book highlights ways to enhance treatment by drawing on current knowledge about relationship dynamics, attachment, and neurobiology. Cultural diversity issues are woven throughout.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 282
Vendor: Guilford Press
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.01 X 6.02 (inches)
ISBN: 1462514162
ISBN-13: 9781462514168

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Author Bio

Frank M. Dattilio, PhD, ABPP, holds faculty positions with the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is also in the private practice of clinical and forensic psychology and marital and family therapy in Allentown, Pennsylvania. With more than 280 professional publications in the areas of couple and family problems, anxiety and behavioral disorders, and forensic and clinical psychology, Dr. Dattilio has presented extensively on CBT throughout the world. His works have been translated into more than 30 languages and are used in over 80 countries. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of professional journals, including the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and Contemporary Family Therapy. Dr. Dattilio is a recipient of numerous awards for outstanding achievement in the fields of psychology and psychotherapy, including, most recently, the MFT of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.


Dattilio provides an excellent description of the development of cognitive-behavioral couple and family therapy and its underlying principles and constructs. He offers a thought-provoking and stimulating discussion of how attachment theory and schema therapy can inform and improve couple and family treatments. Of particular value are the book's clinically rich, vivid case examples. Seasoned clinicians and students alike will find Dattilio’s descriptions of his interactions with couples and families to be pragmatic, flexible, integrative, and highly engaging. He is an excellent role model for how to be a sensitive and effective clinician with a variety of clients; I know I will rely on this book a great deal to train new therapists.
-Kristina Coop Gordon, PhD,
Department of Psychology, University of Tennessee

Sweeping in scope, and backed by a thorough review of the literature, this book is an outstanding contribution to the cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) literature. Dattilio covers a great deal of ground clearly and brings the reader up to date on the latest developments in the field. The book's integration of key techniques from systemic and family therapy into a CBT model makes it a core text for every therapist’s library.
-Antony Kidman, PhD,
Director, Health Psychology Unit, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia

This book is a 'must read' for therapists and researchers in the family field. As a comprehensive guide to cognitive-behavioral therapy with families, it will make a great textbook to be enjoyed by many generations of students. The book is a wonderful integration of research findings and case studies; the latter are especially delightful to read, and will serve as a model for students as well as for experienced therapists.
-Cloe Madanes, LIC, HDL,
President, The Madanes Institute, La Jolla, California

Dattilio has retained the core principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) while offering an expanded perspective on schemas. He also integrates information on neurobiology, attachment, general systems theory, mindfulness, and emotion regulation. In addition to providing a conceptual framework for therapy, the book offers specific skills and techniques such as the 'downward arrow technique' and 'behavioral rehearsal.' This is the most comprehensive guide to CBT for couples and families that I've seen. I especially appreciate Dattilio's thoughtful examination of the role of emotions in couple interactions. This would be an excellent textbook for a theories class or a clinical practicum.
-JoEllen Patterson, PhD,
Marital and Family Therapy Program, University of San Diego

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