Attachment Processes in Couple and Family Therapy

Attachment Processes in Couple and Family Therapy

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This practical book presents cutting-edge approaches to couple and family therapy that use attachment theory as the basis for new clinical understandings. Fresh and provocative insights are provided on the nature of interactions between adult partners and among parents and children; the role of attachment in distressed and satisfying relationships; and the ways attachment-oriented interventions can address individual problems as well as marital conflict and difficult family transitions. With contributions from leading clinicians and researchers, the volume offers both general strategies and specific techniques for helping clients build stronger, more supportive relational more

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  • Paperback | 411 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 566.99g
  • Guilford Publications
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1593852924
  • 9781593852924
  • 90,681

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'The editors of this book have done well in ensuring that, whenever possible, recommended therapeutic interventions are data based... The various chapters are well written; they are free of jargon and cohere beautifully into an integrated whole, balancing theory, clinical practice, and research.' - Psychiatric Services 'This book has been an excellent addition to my training curriculum. As a text in a graduate-level marriage and family therapy training seminar, the book provides students with an essential theoretical foundation for understanding the manifestation of attachment dynamics in a clinical setting. Its coverage of diverse clinical applications and populations is invaluable to the students as they work to integrate theory and practice.' - Craig W. Smith, PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, University of Nebraska-Lincolnshow more

About Susan M. Johnson

Susan M. Johnson, EdD, is Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada; Distinguished Research Professor in the Marital and Family Therapy Program at Alliant International University in San Diego; Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (; and Director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute. Widely published, she is the leading developer of emotionally focused therapy, which she teaches extensively in North America and internationally. Dr. Johnson is a recipient of honors including the Order of Canada--the highest civilian award given by the Canadian government, for outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation--and the Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. Her website is Valerie E. Whiffen, PhD, Professor of Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, has published widely in the area of depression, particularly focusing on women's depression. In recent publications, she has explored an attachment theory-based understanding of depression that co-occurs with marital distress. Dr. Whiffen teaches graduate courses in adult psychopathology and interpersonal theory, and supervises the clinical work of practicum students and interns in the American Psychological Association-accredited clinical psychology program at the University of Ottawa. She is a registered clinical psychologist and maintains a private practice specializing in the treatment of depression and marital more

Table of contents

Part I: Relevance of Attachment Theory for Clinical Practice. Johnson, Introduction to Attachment: A Therapist's Guide to Primary Relationships and their Renewal. Schachner, Shaver, Mikulincer, Adult Attachment Theory, Psychodynamics, and Couple Relationships: An Overview. Hazan, The Essential Nature of Couple Relationships. Scharfe, Stability and Change of Attachment Representations from Cradle to Grave. Carlson, Harwood, Alternate Pathways to Competence: Culture and Early Attachment Relationships. Part II: Models of Clinical Intervention. Johnson, Attachment Theory: A Guide for Couple Therapy. Davila, Attachment Processes in Couple Therapy: Informing Behavioral Models. Kobak, Mandelbaum, Caring for the Caregiver: An Attachment Approach to Assessment and Treatment of Child Problems. Levy, Orlans, Creating and Repairing Attachments in Biological, Foster, and Adoptive Families. Diamond, Stern, Attachment-based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents: Repairing Attachment Failures. Part III: Using an Attachment Perspective in Interventions with Particular Populations. Cohen, Muir, Lojkasek, The First Couple: Using Watch, Wait, and Wonder to Change Troubled Infant-Mother Relationships. Moretti, Holland, The Journey of Adolescence: Transitions in Self Within the Context of Attachment Relationships. Cobb, Bradbury, Implications of Adult Attachment for Preventing Adverse Marital Outcomes. Bradley, Palmer, Attachment in Later Life: Implications for Intervention with Older Adults. Josephson, Using an Attachment-Based Intervention with Same-sex Couples. Part IV: Specific Attachment Interventions for Particular Problems. Whiffen, Looking Outward Together: Adult Attachment and Childbearing Depression. Alexander, Understanding the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse History on Current Couple Relationships: An Attachment Perspective. Mikail, Attachment and the Experience of Chronic Pain: A Couples Perspective. Part V: Conclusion. Whiffen, What Attachment Theory can Offer Marital and Family more