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Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling: A Guide to Brief Therapy Hardcover – May, 1999

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Everett L. Worthington, Jr. offers a comprehensive manual for assisting couples over common rough spots and through serious problems in a manner that is compassionate, effective and brief. His hope-focused (rather than problem-focused) approach enables couples to see that change is possible and gives them a new outlook on the future. Combining this with a brief approach that addresses the realities of managed care and tight budgets, Worthington shows how to be strategic in each counseling situation by including teaching, training, exercises, forgiveness, modeling and motivation. At the heart of the book are dozens of interventions and exercises, including

  • drawing on central values
  • promoting confession and forgiveness
  • strengthening communication
  • aiding conflict resolution
  • changing patterns of thinking
  • developing intimacy
  • cementing commitment
Backed by years of experience and substantial research, hope-focused marriage counseling offers hope to counselors that they can provide help to troubled couples quickly, compassionately and effectively. This paperback edition includes a new introduction, summarizing the latest findings and developments in marital counseling and applying hope-focused marriage counseling to today's cultural and clinical realities.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830815481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830815487
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David Brown on July 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This was a required text for a counseling class I'm taking. I find this book to be very informative and interesting. Although this book is geared toward Christian counsleors, it is also applicable to non-Christians - or if you're just looking for ways to improve your marriage. This book is not written at all like a textbook. It's very straight-forward and easy to read. Very little technical language is used, and even that is clearly explained.
I believe that this book is very, very good. It's giving me a clearer idea of how to counsel and what a counselor's main objectives are. I recommend this book to anybody interested in counseling, and even those who are already professional counselors. This book is applicable to Christians and non-Christians alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Wood on February 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I needed this class for my masters program. It was a very positive book that was very easy to read. The interventions will be very helpful in future counseling.
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I found this book on Amazon when I was "shopping"
This book is "friendly" instead of the "researched theory" books. Though I haven't read the entire book, I've been using some of the "suggestions.
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