This practical book presents cutting-edge approaches to couple and family therapy that use attachment theory as the basis for new clinical understandings. Fresh and provocative insights are provided on the nature of interactions between adult partners and among parents and children; the role of attachment in distressed and satisfying relationships; and the ways attachment-oriented interventions can address individual problems as well as marital conflict and difficult family transitions. With contributions from leading clinicians and researchers, the volume offers both general strategies and specific techniques for helping clients build stronger, more supportive relational bonds.
- Identify the different syles of attachment.
- Discuss recent research concerning attachment processes and psychotherapy.
- Summarize the attachment oriented interventions and therapies presented.
Table of Contents
Relevance of Attachment Theory for Clinical Practice
- Introduction to Attachment: A Therapist's Guide to Primary Relationships and Their Renewal, Susan M. Johnson
- Adult Attachment Theory, Psychodynamics, and Couple Relationships: An Overview, Dory A. Schachner, Phillip R. Shaver, and Mario Mikulincer
- The Essential Nature of Couple Relationships, Cindy Hazan
- Stability and Change of Attachment Representations from Cradle to Grave, Elaine Scharfe
- Alternate Pathways to Competence: Culture and Early Attachment Relationships, Vivian J. Carlson and Robin L. Harwood
Models of Clinical Intervention
- Attachment Theory: A Guide for Couple Therapy, Susan M. Johnson
- Attachment Processes in Couple Therapy: Informing Behavioral Models, Joanne Davila
- Caring for the Caregiver: An Attachment Approach to Assessment and Treatment of Child Problems, Roger Kobak and Toni Mandelbaum
- Creating and Repairing Attachments in Biological, Foster, and Adoptive Families, Terry M. Levy and Michael Orlans
- Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents: Repairing Attachment Failures, Guy S. Diamond and Richard S. Stern
Using an Attachment Perspective in Interventions with Particular Populations
- The First Couple: Using Watch, Wait, and Wonder to Change Troubled Infant-Mother Relationships, Nancy J. Cohen, Elisabeth Muir, and Mirek Lojkasek
- The Journey of Adolescence: Transitions in Self within the Context of Attachment Relationships, Marlene M. Moretti and Roy Holland
- Implications of Adult Attachment for Preventing Adverse Marital Outcomes, Rebecca J. Cobb and Thomas N. Bradbury
- Attachment in Later Life: Implications for Intervention with Older Adults, J. Michael Bradley and Gail Palmer
- Using an Attachment-Based Intervention with Same-Sex Couples, Gordon J. Josephson
Specific Attachment Interventions for Particular Problems
- Looking Outward Together: Adult Attachment and Childbearing Depression, Valerie E. Whiffen
- Understanding the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse History on Current Couple Relationships: An Attachment Perspective, Pamela C. Alexander
- Attachment and the Experience of Chronic Pain: A Couples Perspective, Samuel F. Mikail
- What Attachment Theory Can Offer Marital and Family Therapists, Valerie E. Whiffen
About the Authors
Susan M. Johnson, Ed.D. is Professor of Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Ottawa, Canada, and Director, Ottawa Couple and Family Institute.
Valerie E. Whiffen, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Ottawa.
This CE course is designated as intermediate to advanced.