An interesting article in the New York Times discusses efforts by psychologists to assess couples before they need therapy or seek a divorce. According to the article only 19% of currently married couples have had some counseling and almost two-thirds of married couples divorce without even seeking counseling. The efforts have led to the development of marriage “checklists” and self-help programs that can identify problems before they turn into something harder to resolve. These therapies could also be used to reach couples in rural areas where access to a live counselor may be difficult.
We have a new book in the library - thank you Dr. Futerman!
Gurman, Alan S. Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy. 4th edition.
This authoritative handbook provides a definitive overview of the theory and practice of couple therapy. Noted contributors—many of whom developed the approaches they describe—combine clear conceptual exposition with thorough descriptions of therapeutic techniques. In addition to presenting major couple therapy models in step-by-step detail, the book describes effective applications for particular populations and problems. Issues of culture, gender, religion, and sexual orientation are addressed. Chapters adhere closely to a uniform structure to facilitate study and comparison, enhancing the book's utility as a reference and text.
Come in and check it out!