Marriages are in trouble today. That is clear. Effective mothods of combating this trend are less evident. Counselors, pastors and social workers need more than mere theories or mere moralizing. They need a practical and comprehensive model for understanding couples...
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Marriages are in trouble today. That is clear. Effective mothods of combating this trend are less evident. Counselors, pastors and social workers need more than mere theories or mere moralizing. They need a practical and comprehensive model for understanding couples and their problems. They need a throughly Christian perspective that is biblical, compassionate and human.Everett Worthington provides this in an integrated, biblically based theory of marriage and marriage therapy with analysis at three levels: the individual, the couple and the family. The model he has constructed, with techniques drawn from the major psychological schools, is standard enough to guide counselors in actual interventions and powerful enough to produce change.A thoroughgoing overview of the assessment process includes practical, workable guidelines for: creating realistic, mutually-agreeable goals for counselor and clients; estimating the number of sessions needed to reach those goals; and planning the actual assessment, intervention and termination sessions.Next Worthington offers specific techniques for enhancing cooperative change, intimacy, communication, conflict resolution and forgiveness within the marriage. But keeping couples from slipping back into old patterns is one of the counselor's most difficult tasks. So Worthington concludes with suggestions for solidifying change and effectively concluding the counseling relationship.Here is a text that will be a standard for counselors, pastors and mental health professionals in the years to come.
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.
- List Of Figures
- List Of Tables
- <strong>part 1: Introduction</strong>
- 1. The Need For Marriage Counseling By And For Christians
- <strong>part 2: Understanding Marriage</strong>
- 2. Individuals And Their Coupling
- 3. Principles Of Marriage Within The Family
- 4. The Marriage Throughout The Family Life Cycle
- <strong>part 3: Early Phase Of Counseling Troubled Marriages</strong>
- 5. Overview Of Counseling: Assessment, Invtervention And Termination
- 6. Joining The Marriage
- 7. Assessing The Marriage
- 8. Setting Goals
- 9. Conducting Assessment And Feedback Sessions
- <strong>part 4: Changing Troubled Marriages</strong>
- 10. Promoting Change Through Counseling
- 11. Changing Intimacy
- 12. Changing Communication
- 13. Changing Conflict
- 14. Changing Hurt, Blame And Sin
- <strong>part 5: Promoting Commitment</strong>
- 15. Consolitdating Changes
- 16. Termination
- 17. Commitment Of The Counselor
- Appendix: Current Theories Of Marriage Counseling
- Subject Index
- Author Index