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Short-term couple therapy
Donovan, James M. (James Montgomery), 1943-
Publication Information:
New York : Guilford Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiv, 417 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Short-term couple therapy and the principles of brief treatment / James M. Donovan -- Emotionally focused couple therapy : straight to the heart / Susan M. Johnson -- Short-term couples group psychotherapy : a tale of four fights / James M. Donovan -- A control mastery approach to short-term couple therapy / Richard Vogel -- Brief marital therapy : the story of the triangles / Philip J. Guerin, Jr. ... [et al.] -- Short-term stuctural family therapy with couples / Michael P. Nichols and Salvador Minuchin -- Psychoanalytically informed short-term couple therapy / Phyllis Cohen -- Time-effective couple therapy / Simon H. Budman -- Collaborative couple therapy / Daniel B. Wile -- Integrative couple therapy : the dyadic relationshp of acceptance and change / Erika Lawrence ... [et al.] -- Brief strategic marital therapy / James Keim -- Narrative solutions in brief couple therapy / Joseph B. Eron and Thomas W. Lund -- A time-effective, solution-focused approach to couple therapy / Steven Friedman and Eve Lipchik -- Couples, culture, and discourse : a narrative approach / John H. Neal, Jeffrey L. Zimmerman, and Victoria C. Dickerson -- Short-term couple therapy : the present and the future / James M. Donovan.
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RC488.5 .S497 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This practice-oriented book brings together representatives of the major family therapy approaches to demonstrate the nuts-and-bolts of their short-term work with couples. Filling a crucial gap in the literature at a time when nearly half of all mental health referrals involve marital conflict, the book is structured around extensive case excerpts and clinical examples. Noted contributors show how they choose appropriate interventions for embattled couples and gain maximum leverage from each therapeutic move.

Author Notes

James M. Donovan, PhD, received his undergraduate education at Stanford University and his doctorate from the University of Michigan. A veteran of HMO mental health work, he has served as staff psychologist at Harvard Community Health Plan, now Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, for over 25 years. Dr. Donovan is founder and codirector of the Mental Health Fellowship at Harvard Vanguard and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in Psychology at Harvard Medical School.

Table of Contents

1 Short-Term Couple Therapy and the Principles of Brief TreatmentDonovan
I Psychodynamic Methods
2 Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Straight to the HeartJohnson
3 Short-Term Couples Group Psychotherapy: A Tale of Four FightsDonovan
4 A Control Mastery Approach to Short-Term Couple TherapyVogel
II The Systemic Approach
5 Brief Marital Therapy: The Story of the TrianglesGuerin and Fay and Fogarty and Kautto
6 Short-Term Structural Family Therapy with CouplesNichols and Minuchin
7 Psychoanalytically Informed Short-Term Couple TherapyCohen
8 Time-Effective Couple TherapyBudman
III Collaborative Models
9 Collaborative Couple TherapyWile
10 Integrative Couple Therapy: The Dyadic Relationship of Acceptance and ChangeLawrence and Eldridge and Christensen and Jacobson
IV The Postmodern Schools
11 Brief Strategic Marital TherapyKeim
12 Narrative Solutions in Brief Couple TherapyEron and Lund
13 A Time-Effective, Solution-Focused Approach to Couple TherapyFriedman and Lipchik
14 Couples, Culture, and Discourse: A Narrative ApproachNeal and Zimmerman and Dickerson
15 Short-Term Couple Therapy: The Present and the FutureDonovan