1. The Nature and Significance of Relationship Problems 2. Approaches to Couple Therapy and Their Effectiveness 3. Self-Regulatory Couple Therapy 4. Assessment, Part I: Overview and Initial Session 5. Assessment, Part II: Second and Any Subsequent Sessions 6. Feedback and Negotiation 7. Brief Self-Change 8. Relationship Psychoeducation 9. Therapist-Guided Change
W. Kim Halford, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University, in Brisbane, Australia. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Latrobe University in Melbourne, Australia in 1978. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Halford's practice, clinical research, and publications have focused predominantly on work with couples. He has presented clinical workshops on his approach to couple therapy in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and North America.
"This book is exciting and stimulating, providing a great example of the combination of science and practice that characterizes good therapy. With his new approach, self-regulatory couple therapy, Halford has successfully expanded upon traditional behavioral marital therapy. Building on the resources of each partner, couples are empowered to define and build the sort of relationship they want. The book is remarkably systematic and clear and features rich clinical examples. Rather than being a cookbook, it encourages the creative application of general principles to the unique problems of each couple. This is a highly valuable text for novice and experienced therapists alike." --Professor Dr. Kurt Hahlweg, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany "This is among the most helpful guides to couple therapy that I have come across in quite some time. It will be valuable to researchers, clinicians, graduate-level instructors, and students as it offers a rare blend of sound clinical advice, a strong empirical foundation, and a 'how to' primer. Halford provides a bridge between where the field of cognitive-behavioral couple therapy has been and where it needs to go. Thus, while self-regulatory couple therapy is a new approach, it does not require a leap of faith from techniques that are already tried and true. Brief Therapy for Couples is a compelling read for those of us treating couples for whom traditional cognitive-behavioral techniques fall short. I enthusiastically recommend this book." --Tamara Goldman Sher, PhD, Institute of Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology "Reading this book made me want to put Halford's ideas into immediate use in my own clinical work. Especially useful is the emphasis on the ability of individuals to bring about their own changes. The book packs a wallop by challenging whether long-term interventions are really needed for many couples. It also offers an excellent review of the couple therapy literature, written in a clear, practical fashion. I will highly recommend this book to graduate students and practicing therapists." --K. Daniel O'Leary, PhD, Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook