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How to Counsel a Couple in 6 Sessions or Less: Their Marriage Is Meant to Last Forever, Not Their Counseling Paperback – August 30, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Regal (August 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830730680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830730681
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

H. Norman Wright
Norman is a licensed marriage, family and child therapist who was in private practice for more than 40 years. He is currently the Research Professor of Christian Education at Talbot School of Theology. He's authored of more than 70 books, including the best-sellers Always Daddy’s Girl and Before You Say I Do, and has twice received the Gold Medallion Award.
 
 
 
 

 

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H. Norman Wright is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist and he has taught in the Grad. Department of Biola University. He was former director of the Graduate Department of Marriage, Family and Child Counseling at Biola University, as well as an Associate Professor of Psychology. He was also Associate Professor of Christian Education and Director of the Graduate Department of Christian Education at the Talbot School of Theology. At the present time he is Research Professor of Christian Education at this same institution. He was in private practice for over thirty years.

Dr. Wright is a graduate of Westmont College, Fuller Theological Seminary (M.R.E.), Pepperdine University (M.A.). He has received two honorary doctorates, D.D. and D.LIT, from the Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and Biola University respectively.

He is the author of over seventy books including Experiencing Grief, The New Guide to Crisis and Trauma Counseling, Recovering From the Losses of Life, Quiet Times for Couples, and Before You Say I Do. Dr. Wright has pioneered Premarital Counseling programs throughout the country. He conducts seminars on Parenting, Recovering from the Losses of Life, Trauma and Crisis Counseling, and Marriage Enrichment.
His current focus is in grief and trauma counseling and critical incident debriefings. Part of his work is developing curriculum in loss, crisis and trauma as well as community wide Grief Recovery seminars. He is a Certified Trauma Specialist and a Certified Traumatologist.

He and his wife Joyce were married for forty-eight years and he lives in Bakersfield, California. His hobbies include bass fishing, gardening and training his Golden Retrievers, Shadow and Aspen, as therapy response dogs.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Monty Rainey VINE VOICE on February 9, 2007
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Anyone truly serious about marriage counseling is always looking for effective tools to use to get a couple from where they are to where they should be. HOW TO COUNSEL A COUPLE IN 6 SESSIONS OR LESS by H. Norman Wright is just such a tool. Psychologists and Ministers often find themselves without the luxury of having a long-term program to work with. When we are approached by a couple in need of counseling, often the marriage is in a state of dire straits and we may have a few weeks, or even days, to try to salvage the marriage. This book was designed for just such a "crash course" style of counseling.

From the first session of focusing the couple on changing how they think by first changing their behavior, through the final session dedicated to resolving anger issues, Wright gives a detailed, albeit brief, instruction on where the session focus should be for the fastest results. I believe every person who counsels couples has found certain things that work well for them and certain things that do not. I don't believe this will replace a counselors current methods, but will certainly lend some new ideas that you might want to experiment with.

Wright writes well and his text is easy to disseminate and digest. The one complaint I do have about this book is that Wright uses it to set the stage to sell other volumes he has written. Sometimes the lines become blurred between where the instruction ends and the salesmanship begins. The book does clearly state on the cover that it is to be used in conjunction with Wrights "Marriage Checkup Questionnaire", so I can't complain about that one, but why not just combine the two books into one volume? Anyway, maybe I'm being picky here, but I'm always put off when reading a book that instructs me to buy other books by the same author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By george Norman on December 22, 2013
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I give it 4 stars because the information contained in the book seems to be valuable to a begining counslor as myself.
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For those of use that counsel regularly, this is a great short cut to the point. I find many of the secular counselors that take months to get to the "simmering burner," of which brought the client to the office in the first place. Dr. Wright, helps all of us, get to that point in less time, less pain on the client and to a successful path that is not only more healthy, but assists in making referrals an actuality. Thank you again Dr. Norman Wright, another "home-run!" Sincerely in Ministry of Counsel, Rev. Dr. Carolyn Forister
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By T. Claybrook on November 22, 2013
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I use this for church marriage counseling at a local church
its well worth the small price for a bit on knowledge
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By pc on March 5, 2007
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This book was somewhat useful, though I might turn more often to the practical aspects of the questionnaire itself, as I didn't feel it offered much that was new. I do think that on the cover it should somewhere specify that it's directed toward those doing PASTORAL counseling, by and large. I am unlikely, for example, to ask my clients to pray with me, and even more unlikely to include the questionnaire item: "Do you have a personal faith in Jesus Christ?" Can't imagine why this wasn't written more inclusively. It would be fine with me to ask: "Tell me about your spiritual beliefs."
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