Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling
A husband and wife sit in your office, discouraged and contemplating divorce. How can you help them in a way that's compassionate, effective, and fast-acting enough to make a difference? Avoid the time-consuming pitfalls of "problem-oriented" counseling. Take advantage of...
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A husband and wife sit in your office, discouraged and contemplating divorce. How can you help them in a way that's compassionate, effective, and fast-acting enough to make a difference? Avoid the time-consuming pitfalls of "problem-oriented" counseling. Take advantage of alternate tools like training, exercises, forgiveness, modeling, and motivation to help couples see that change is within reach!
Worthington's hope-focused (rather than problem-focused) approach enables es to see that change is possible. Dozens of interventions and homework assignments help couples strengthen communication, practice forgiveness and develop intimacy. And Worthington helps therapists be strategic in each counseling situation by including teaching, training, exercises, forgiveness, modeling and motivation. With over one hundred options presented, counselors, pastors and social workers are given the flexibility they need to address the specific situation of each client.
Everett L. Worthington Jr. (Ph.D., University of Missouri) is professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. A licensed clinical psychologist, he works with VCU's counseling program and with VCU's social psychology and developmental psychology programs. He is the director of VCU's Marital Assessment, Therapy and Enrichment Center (MATE) and served as executive director of A Campaign for Forgiveness Research.
He has published more than 200 articles and papers on forgiveness, marriage and family, psychotherapy and virtue in a wide variety of journals and magazines. He was the founding editor of Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal and sits on the editorial boards of several professional journals. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, The 700 Club and in many national newspapers.
He is the author of more than twenty books including Handbook of Forgiveness; Hope-Focused Marriage Counselling; and Forgiving and Reconciling. Most recently he has produced A Just Forgiveness: Responsible Healing Without Excusing Injustice.