A Safety Net for Relationships Taking a Dive

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Abstract

Reviews the videotape, Working With Couples Considering Divorce with William J. Doherty (2007). Many psychologists and other mental health professionals find themselves learning by trial and error as they attempt to serve the couples who seek their help. Although there is clearly a need for graduate coursework on couple therapy, this is often not available in training programs. This video presents a clearly articulated position and therapeutic approach to this all too common problem. Doherty is well known for his professional research and writing on the health of American families and marriages, and most recently for the books for the general public on “taking back” kids and marriages from our overscheduled culture (Doherty, 2001; Doherty & Carlson, 2002). This video is not specifically about a model for couple therapy; rather it focuses on one of several important clinical issues that therapists must evaluate as part of a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan. Client motivation (for therapy and for the relationship) is a big unknown when separation or divorce looms large in the reason for seeking couple therapy. Other similar clinical issues include violence in the relationship, an affair, suicide/homicide risk, and a partner with a severe and persistent mental illness. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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