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Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy, Fourth Edition Hardcover – June 24, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1593858216 ISBN-10: 1593858213 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 4th edition (June 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593858213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593858216
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Finding high-quality textbooks for graduate clinical application courses is often a challenge. The Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy effectively meets that challenge by providing a well-written, comprehensive, and thorough discussion of major theoretical approaches to conducting effective psychotherapy with couples. While my emphasis for students is on being well grounded in theory, I appreciate the clinical case examples throughout the book that further explicate the theories discussed. I have used the examples as a springboard for developing other experiential learning exercises in class. I especially appreciate the chapter addressing multicultural issues in work with couples, as the authors address concerns that are less commonly brought to light. I highly recommend this book to colleagues teaching courses in marital or couple therapy."--Joan I. Rosenberg, PhD, clinical psychology doctoral program, Phillips Graduate Institute, Encino, California

"Gurman has been the leading authority on couple therapy as the field has matured over the past three decades. The fourth edition of this classic handbook presents the wide array of approaches that have been developed, their broad application with diverse relationship problems, and the research that supports ongoing advances. This text is indispensable for clinical training and practice."--Froma Walsh, PhD, Mose and Sylvia Firestone Professor Emerita, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, and Codirector, Chicago Center for Family Health

"Carrying on the great tradition of the earlier editions of this book, Gurman has once again put together the definitive handbook of couple therapy. Covering all of the major approaches as well as the major client and problem populations, this volume provides in-depth snapshots written by the key leaders in the field. Ideal as a text for graduate courses, it also offers senior clinicians and researchers a guide to what’s new. In addition to updated versions of the major therapy approaches, this volume adds new chapters on a comparative framework for studying couple therapies, legal and ethical issues, and the treatment of severe disorders, with special emphasis on borderline personality disorder. This is an indispensable book that should be part of the library of every couple therapist and couple therapy researcher."--William M. Pinsof, PhD, ABPP, President, The Family Institute at Northwestern University; Director, Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies, Northwestern University

"This newly updated classic text remains one of the best introductions to the various schools of couple therapy and features a host of applications for specific problems."--Michael P. Nichols, PhD, Department of Psychology, College of William and Mary



"Comprehensive, up-to-date, and clearly the definitive reference book in this field. His introduction, a history of couple therapy, is a pleasure to read and is sprinkled with witty and wise aphorisms....The practicing psychiatrist can garner many practical points....Although it is a reference book in which one can find specific information, one can also browse through such topics as empathy, communication, intimacy, and curative factors....Psychiatrists of any persuasion will find an abundance of valuable pearls in this reference."--Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
(Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 2008-06-26)

"It is hard to imagine improving a classic, but Alan S. Gurman has managed to do just that. In his fourth edition of the Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy, Gurman has contributed to and compiled a comprehensive and superbly written collection of chapters in the field of couple therapy. The book is exactly what therapists interested in couple therapy should read as they embark on a career in the field....This text is ideally suited as an introduction to couple therapy for students....This text is a must for any couples therapist's library."--Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
(Journal of Marital and Family Therapy 2008-06-26)

"Presents an extensive overview of the theory and applied clinical practice of couple therapy. Based upon knowledgeable contributors in the field, this edited work by Alan S. Gurman provides a sound revised resource for the professional reader. As a leading authority on couple therapy. Gurman coordinates a text within his belief that the field of couple therapy will benefit by fostering more evidence-based practice, without prematurely limiting the kinds of evidence that may help to inform responsible practice."--Sexual Disabilities
(Sexual Disabilities 2008-06-26)

About the Author

Alan S. Gurman, PhD, until his death in 2013, was Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. A pioneer in the development of integrative approaches to couple therapy, he edited and wrote many influential books; was a past two-term editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy; and was former President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Dr. Gurman received numerous awards for his contributions to couple and family therapy, including the Distinguished Achievement in Family Therapy Research Award from the American Family Therapy Academy and the Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association. He also received the Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching and Training from the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.

Customer Reviews

Overall, this book is well written but very dense.
Nate
The Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy is a very good book and I would recommend it.
Marlon Henry
This book is a primer on different theoretical approaches to couples therapy.
J. George

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Nate on April 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It was with a bit of nostalgia that I decided to read and review the Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy: 4th edition, edited by Alan Gurman, Ph.D. Owing much of my current clinical interest in couple therapy to previous editions of this book read while in graduate school, I was eager to learn what the newest edition had in store. I was pleasantly surprised to find that rather than reading the same book with new chapters tacked to the end, each of the chapters in this edition have been significantly updated with the most current and clinically relevant research. This rather hefty 746 page volume is literally packed, cover to cover with the latest in theory and clinical practice of couple therapy with chapters authored by only the most prominent experts in the field. The book is divided in halves with subsections organizing common groups of chapters. The first half of the book is devoted to models of couple therapy and the second half focuses on applications of couple therapy with special populations, problems and issues in mind.

It was immediately evident to me in Part I that Dr. Gurman had given the authors very specific instructions on how to structure each chapter. In Part I each chapter is written by authors who are expert at a specific orientation of couple therapy. Chapters are organized by Behavioral, Humanistic/Existential, Psychodynamic, Social Constructionist, Systemic, and Integrative Approaches. Each chapter addresses the historical underpinnings of the model, the theory of marital distress, specific structure of approaching therapy (i.e. assessment and technical intervention.) in addition to a case example. The end result was a perfect and well uniformed comparative study of every major approach to couple therapy that is being practiced today.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gail A. Olson on December 4, 2009
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If you are a new couples therapist, this book is the cornerstone of working with couples!~ If you are a very experienced therapist, this book offers new insights and revelations on improving your therapy expertise--not to mention the benefit it will have in your work with couples. EXCELLENT resource book!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joel A Gattey on June 3, 2011
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As a graduate student, I found this book is extremely comprehensive on the subject of couples therapy, both from a historical and a theraputic practice perspective. It uses copious amounts of statistical figures and experimental results to to reinforce even its most basic premises. For this reason, it can be a very slow and burdensome read at times. I found myself rereading passages multiple times so I could reinforce the point that the author was trying to make. Overall, it was still a very informative text.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. George on July 23, 2010
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This book is a primer on different theoretical approaches to couples therapy. In particular, check out Green & Mitchell's chapter on Gay/Lesbian couples in therapy.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Gibson on January 19, 2009
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"Diligentia maximum etiam mediocris ingeni subsidium." Diligence is a very great help even to a mediocre intelligence. Keep hard at it, this book gives it's contributors opportunity to demonstrate just how verbose you can be once you enter the realm of publishing; you fail to get to the point and fail to deliver what is expected and promised.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Riddle on February 17, 2014
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This text provides a clear understanding of the key theoretical orientations affiliated with couples therapy. If you want to learn how to stop couples from screaming at each other in therapy then this will be a helpful tool!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Torrez on January 24, 2010
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Received the book as detailed, seller was prompt. The text is very lengthy, and at times very difficult to read. I am a graduate student and for the majority of the text it appeared as though each author of every chapter was attempting to upstage the other. Overall, it hit on some major topics, but a difficult read.
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By lucia on January 28, 2014
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Informative, interesting, useful. Could and should serve as a desk book for all therapists to reffer to. Will recomment to all.
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