Real-World Couple Counseling and Therapy

An Introductory Guide (First Edition)
Jerrold Lee Shapiro and Terence Patterson
©2020, 398 pages

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    Real-World Couple Counseling and Therapy: An Introductory Guide provides practitioners with an inclusive exploration of the unique features, challenges, and opportunities of contemporary couple counseling. Integrating CBT, existential, and systems approaches, and based on best available research, the text offers guidelines for beginning couple therapists along with breadth and depth of coverage. Comprehensive and pragmatic, it examines the essence of the field: assessment, ethics, treatment planning, effective interventions, pitfalls, and best practices.

    Rich with lively examples, vignettes, and dialogues throughout, several unique features are synthesized throughout the text: a perspective from almost a century of experience doing and teaching graduate-level couple therapy, a unique connection between stages of development and appropriate interventions, an integrated exploration of the effects of culture and gender, a unique focus on male clients in couple work, and the "point-counterpoint" perspectives of CBT and existential approaches.

    Real-World Couple Counseling and Therapy contains essential information for 21st century practitioners and is ideal for graduate courses and practitioners in counseling, therapy, and social work.

    Jerrold Lee Shapiro, Ph.D., professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, graduated from Boston Latin School, Colby College, Northwestern University, and the University of Waterloo. He is an award-winning master teacher and author, licensed clinical psychologist, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. In 2020, he received the Teacher of the Year Award from Division 49 of the American Psychological Association, The Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy. He has written more than 15 books on family, psychology, counseling, and life transitions.
    Terence Patterson, Ed.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist, an APA Fellow, and Board-certified in Couple & Family Psychology. He has been a tenured professor at the University of San Francisco, president of two couple and family therapy organizations, and a frequent presenter, author, reviewer, and blogger on professional ethics and couple therapy.
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    "This well-written, personal and yet research-based, scholarly book, not only is a superb introductory text, but also serves as a highly practical guide for professional counselors and therapists. The authors approach couples therapy from two seemingly divergent perspectives (CBT, Existential) in which their sophisticated and well-integrated dynamically-informed and behavioral understandings are presented in a refreshing and useful manner that go well beyond more typical communication-oriented interventions; in short, these two vastly experienced and skilled therapists provide evidence-based methods that deal with more serious structural issues in dyads. Consequently, this highly original book, that also contextualizes gender and culture, covers normal relationship development as well as common steps in relationship deterioration and ties each stage to specific therapeutic interventions. Moreover, the authors employ rich clinical examples that bring concepts to life and serve as signposts for therapists of all theoretical persuasions. I enthusiastically recommend this book for beginning and experienced clinicians alike."
    Michael J. Diamond, Ph.D, ABPP, Training and Supervising Analyst, Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies
    Author of My Father Before Me: How Fathers and Sons Influence Each Other Throughout Their Lives; The Second Century of Psychoanalysis: Evolving Perspectives on Therapeutic Action; and Masculinity and Its Discontents: The Male Psyche and the Inherent Tensions of Maturing Manhood (forthcoming)

    "Drs. Jerry Shapiro and Terry Patterson have written an extraordinary introductory guide to couple counseling in the real world. They have also written a detailed account of the process and art of couples counseling that enables experienced and master clinicians to validate, define, and articulate the help they routinely provide to couples. As an experienced clinician, the authors have given me the means to specify the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of my work. Their ability to use vignettes to demonstrate the material so that it comes alive on the text's pages, as well as their formidable organizational talents, make this resource a guide for all clinicians working with couples."
    Lawrence Peltz, Ph.D., LMFT

    "What a great contribution to the discipline. This book occupies a unique space in helping the new clinician learn about couple therapy in depth. That is, its coverage is so wonderfully comprehensive and it takes on even the most difficult topics. In short, it's a great book."
    Jay Lebow, Ph.D., ABPP, Senior Scholar and Senior Therapist, Clinical Professor of Psychology, The Family Institute at Northwestern
    Watch a recording of the Real World Couple Counseling and Therapy book party, hosted by Santa Clara University via Zoom and featuring a conversation with authors Jerry Shapiro and Terry Patterson.

    In August 2020, Jerrold Lee Shapiro received the Teacher of the Year Award from Division 49 of the American Psychological Association, The Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy. The award recognizes an instructor who has demonstrated continued excellence in teaching in the areas of group psychology or group psychotherapy.