The Marriage Clinic: A Scientifically-based Marital Therapy
Here one will find not only a wide range of succinct and useful assessment procedures, but also a highly specific, research-based, and modularized treatment program. In addition, there are dozens of questionnaires and interview protocols to be used in both assessment and intervention.
In prospective, long-term research with over 700 couples, Gottman has discovered certain factors that distinguish happy, stable couples from both unstable, ultimately divorcing couples and stable but unhappy couples. These findings, which are explained here in understandable, nontechnical language, form the basis of his Sound Marital House theory of marriage, which guides the new therapy. This therapy has two goals: changing the marital friendship and teaching couples to regulate conflict.
Despite the high aims of much marital therapy, Gottman found that most marital conflicts involve fundamentally unresolvable relationship issues called "perpetual problems." He shows how therapists can help spouses move from gridlock to dialogue on these issues. Solvable problems can be resolved more easily when the couple has a strong marital friendship. He gives therapists the tools to teach spouses five fundamental skills to develop and strengthen their friendship: softened start-up, accepting influence, repair and de-escalation, compromise, and physiological soothing.
Gottman compares his clinic to a restaurant, where clients are offered a menu of treatment formats, from psychoeducation for specific issues to extended therapy to repair a badly damaged marital friendship. Therapists, too, can choose among the questionnaires and strategies for those that fit the needs of particular couples. Whatever their choice, they will find that their practice is greatly enriched by the scientifically-based offerings of The Marriage Clinic.
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This book by John Gottman deals with nearly all aspects of marital therapy: myths and mistakes, assessment methods, and interventions. It is strictly research oriented, i.e. Gottman does not follow a ... Read full review
This book is great. Lots of great assessments to use in your practice and very practical material. my only complaint is the binding company that was used. I am in a class with 7 others and all of our books are falling apart at the seams (its only our second month using the book in class). Hopefully Gottman will change his publishing company next time.
1 Guide to Gottman and Colleagues Longitudinal Studies
Repair and the Core Triad of Balance
1 Husbands Influence Function on Wife
4 Bar graphs of differences between lowrisk and highrisk
8 Distance and Isolation Cascade
1 What Is Dysfunctional in Ailing Marriages
A Theory of Marriage
1 Mismatches and the DemandWithdraw Pattern
1 Dreams Within ConflictSample Dreams
1 Family Rituals
Resistance to Change
Other Sources of Resistance
1 Aftermath of a Marital Argument Questionnaire
Working as a Team and Termi
1 Gottman Mountain Survival Problem
5 Marital Poop Detector
1 The Sound Marital House Theory
The Assessment of Marriage
1 Clinicians Checklist for Marital Assessment
The Disasters and Masters of Marriage
1 Love Map Cards
6 Triumphs and Strivings
10 Gottman Relaxation Instructions
1 Perpetual Issues
3 Rules for Softened Startup
Emotion and Metaemotion
Buffering Children front Marital Conflict
1 Differences in Teaching Styles of EC and ED Parents
The Sound Marital House Questionnaires
Turning Toward or Away
The Basic Interviews
Appendix E Products Available from the Gottman Institute