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Innovative Skills to Increase Cohesion and Communication in Couples

Julie Anne Laser-Maira and Nicole Nicotera

Publication Date - May 2019

ISBN: 9780190880095

152 pages
Paperback
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $36.95

Innovative Skills to Increase Cohesion and Communication in Couples discusses evidence-based clinical techniques and skills that support and nurture couples in their relationship.

Description

Couples who enter therapy often view the endeavor as a last-ditch effort before seeking legal services, filing for divorce, and parting ways for good. Given this mentality at the outset, couples therapy is not always successful or enjoyable-for either the client or the therapist. It is also an area of practice that is often given short shrift in training programs that predominantly focus on clinical skills in work with children and adolescents, group work, practice in specific settings, and assessment and treatment of mental disorders. Innovative Skills to Increase Cohesion and Communication in Couples discusses evidence-based clinical techniques and skills that support and nurture couples in their relationship. Each chapter begins with a succinct overview of a technique, evidence that supports it, and ideas for assessment to ensure it is appropriate for the couple. Subsequent sections of each chapter provide clear examples of approaches so that new or seasoned clinicians will have requisite knowledge for effective implementation, required materials, suitable locations for use, and personal preparation. The text serves as an essential resource for clinicians, as well as social work, counseling, and psychology students and professors.

Features

  • Discusses innovative techniques and skills aimed at supporting and nurturing couples in their relationship, as well as the role of healthy sexuality, overcoming infidelity, and raising issues of power and privilege
  • Covers a range of approaches allowing new and experienced therapists to grow and develop skills that are not frequently taught in schools of social work, counseling, and psychology
  • Provides clear examples of techniques, including what the therapist needs for implementation, required materials, and personal preparation

About the Author(s)

Julie Anne Laser-Maira, PhD, LCSW, MSW, is both a clinician of experiential therapy and Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. Additionally, she researches the efficacy of experiential therapy in hopes of increasing its stature as a mainstream clinical intervention for children, youth, families, and couples. Laser-Maira's clinical expertise is in working with military families, PTSD and trauma-focused therapy, parenting issues, child and adolescent healthy development, couples therapy, adolescent substance abuse, human trafficking victims, and well-being throughout the life cycle. Laser-Maira's overarching research focus is on resiliency, particularly the relevance of specific ecological and internal protective and risk factors by culture and gender.

Nicole Nicotera, PhD, LICSW, MSW, is Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. She coordinates clinical skills training and mind-body courses for the MSW program and teaches mixed methods research for the PhD program. Nicotera's research foci include promoting well-being across the life span, trauma-informed mindfulness practices, and civic engagement. Her clinical practice experience spans work with youth and families, including experiential therapy with youth, family-youth groups, and couples.

Reviews

"It's astounding how little pragmatic training therapists receive regarding the nuts and bolts of helping couples create healthy, loving, passionate relationships and mend ones that are faltering. At long last, authors Laser-Maira and Nicotera are out to change all that with their down-to-earth, must-read book that is chock-full of concrete information about what really works in couples therapy. Also refreshing is the authors' willingness to tackle essential-but-overlooked topics facing couples therapists such as infidelity, sexuality, and non-traditional relationships. Bravo!" -- Michele Weiner-Davis, LCSW, Author, In Search of Solutions: A New Direction in Psychotherapy and Divorce Busting: A Step-By-Step Approach to Making Your Marriage Loving Again

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Couples Clinical Theories Overview
    Chapter 2. Healthy Sexuality
    Chapter 3. Infidelity
    Chapter 4. Mind-Body Connections and Mindfulness in Couples
    Chapter 5. Experiential Therapy with Couples
    Chapter 6. Horticulture/Agricultural Therapy (HAT) with Couples
    Chapter 7. Raising Issues of Power and Privilege in Couples Therapy [guest author: Lynn Parker]
    Chapter 8. Narrative Therapy: The Story of Us
    Chapter 9. Concluding Words: Couple Resiliency and Celebrations

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