New Directions in Therapeutic Work with Families

By Christopher Clulow, Kate Thompson, Andrew Balfour

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This book challenges a silo-based approach within our available support services, examines the disconnects that can exist between child and adult mental health care, and between competing therapeutic approaches, and addresses the segmentation rather than integration of support for adults who are partners as well as parents.

Launched to coincide with Tavistock Relationships’ 70th Anniversary, the book represents essential reading for clinicians, family practitioners, their support staff and trainers.

About the Book

Within Engaging Couples, put forward are new ways of approaching key issues affecting family life, such as interparental conflict, domestic abuse, depression and long-term conditions. These topics are viewed through a lens that sees healthy relationships as fundamental to our wellbeing and vital for a well-functioning society.’

The authors have extensive experience in front-line services. They examine clearly the issues their intervention is designed to address, draw on a solid conceptual framework for their approach and evidence its effectiveness through examples and discussions of best practice.


Publisher: Routledge

Published: 2018

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About the editors

Christopher Clulow is a Consultant Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, a Senior Fellow of the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, London, and a Fellow of the Centre for Social Policy, Dartington. He has published extensively on marriage, partnerships, parenthood and couple psychotherapy.

Kate Thompson is a Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, head of Tavistock Relationship’s strategic development and Couple Therapy for Depression training, Kate has worked with couples for over 20 years and specialises in the impact of mental health difficulties on relationships.

Andrew Balfour is Chief Executive at Tavistock Relationships, and a Fellow at St George’s House, Windsor. He is a clinical psychologist, a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. With Mary Morgan and Christopher Vincent, he co-edited How Couple Relationships Shape our World: Clinical Practice, Research and Policy Perspectives.