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Clinical Practice, Research and Policy Perspectives

Edited by Andrew Balfour, Mary Morgan and Chris Vincent

‘This is a most welcome, twenty-first century updating of psychodynamic approaches to working with couples. The best minds in the field have contributed to this comprehensive consideration of key aspects of this most important domain of clinical activity. This book represents a genuine leap forward.’ Professor Peter Fonagy, PhD, FBA, Head of Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology and Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre

Description

This book is about the importance of the couple relationship in the broadest terms. It draws on clinical researches into the inner lived world of adult couples, empirical developmental research into children and parenting, as well as the legal setting when relationships break down.  It aims to bridge the inner and outer worlds, showing how our most intimate relationships have vital importance at all levels, from the individual and the family, to the social setting – and explores the implications for practice and policy. Above all, it is a book about applications of clinical thinking linked with research knowledge, as tools for front line workers and policy makers alike. It draws on the tradition of applied clinical thinking and research of the Tavistock Relationships, linking current thinking with the history of ideas in each area it covers, as well as considering implications for the future.

Contents

ABOUT THE EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS


FOREWORDS

Brett Kahr

Samantha Callan


INTRODUCTION

How couple relationships shape our world: clinical practice, research, and policy perspectives


CHAPTER ONE

Prevention: intervening with couples at challenging family transition points: Carolyn Pape Cowan and Philip A. Cowan

COMMENTARY ON CHAPTER ONE

Leezah Hertzmann


CHAPTER TWO

Parents as partners: how the parental relationship affects children’s psychological development: Gordon T. Harold and Leslie D. Leve

COMMENTARY ON CHAPTER TWO

Susanna Abse


CHAPTER THREE

How couple therapists work with parenting issues: Mary Morgan

COMMENTARY ON CHAPTER THREE

Lynne Cudmore


CHAPTER FOUR

The role of the family court system of England and Wales in child-related parental disputes: towards a new concept of the family justice process: Mervyn Murch

COMMENTARY ON CHAPTER FOUR

Christopher Clulow


CHAPTER FIVE

Working therapeutically with high conflict divorce: Avi Shmueli

COMMENTARY ON CHAPTER FIVE

Christopher Vincent


CHAPTER SIX

Depression, couple therapy, research, and government policy: Julian Leff, Eia Asen, and Felix Schwarzenbach

COMMENTARY ON CHAPTER SIX

Christopher Clulow


CHAPTER SEVEN

Approaches to researching the evidence: an exploration of TCCR’s research into couple relationships and couple therapy, past and present: David Hewison

COMMENTARY ON CHAPTER SEVEN

Michael Rustin


CHAPTER EIGHT

Couple therapy—social engineering or psychological treatment?: Andrew Balfour

COMMENTARY ON CHAPTER EIGHT

Philip Stokoe


CHAPTER NINE

Her Majesty’s department of love? The state and support for couple and family relationships: Honor Rhodes

COMMENTARY ON CHAPTER NINE

Janet Walker


CHAPTER TEN

Supervision: the interdependence of professional experience and organisational accountability: Lynette Hughes and Felicia Olney

COMMENTARY ON CHAPTER TEN

David Lawlor


INDEX

 

Editors: Andrew Balfour, Mary Morgan, Chris Vincent

Publisher: Karnac

Published: 2012

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