How Couple Relationships Shape our World: Clinical Practice, Research, and Policy Perspectives

Editor : Andrew Balfour, Editor : Mary Morgan, Editor : Christopher Vincent

How Couple Relationships Shape our World: Clinical Practice, Research, and Policy Perspectives

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 2012
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 352
  • Category :
    Family, Couple and Systemic Therapy
  • Catalogue No : 29892
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855758377
  • ISBN 10 : 1855758377
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This book is about the importance of the couple relationship in the broadest terms. It draws on clinical researches into the inner lived world of adult couples, empirical developmental research into children and parenting, as well as the legal setting when relationships break down. It aims to bridge the inner and outer worlds, showing how our most intimate relationships have vital importance at all levels, from the individual and the family, to the social setting – and explores the implications for practice and policy. Above all, it is a book about applications of clinical thinking linked with research knowledge, as tools for front line workers and policy makers alike. It draws on the tradition of applied clinical thinking and research of the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, linking current thinking with the history of ideas in each area it covers, as well as considering implications for the future.

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'This is a most welcome, twenty-first century updating of psychodynamic approaches to working with couples. The best minds in the field have contributed to this comprehensive consideration of key aspects of this most important domain of clinical activity. This book represents a genuine leap forward.'
- Professor Peter Fonagy, PhD, FBA, Head of Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology and Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre

'How Couple Relationships Shape Our World is a comprehensive, intelligent exposition of forces that impinge on today's marriages, the problems that ensue when they break down, and ways we can support couples and parents now and in the future. For too long, policies privileging children's health have overshadowed the importance of the psychological health of couples and parents, handicapping support for the family as a whole. To redress that split, this book argues convincingly that the well-being of the parental couple - intact or divorced - is crucial to children. Speaking from multiple perspectives, it offers the rationale, clinical theory, and technique for work with couples, and follows with research strategies and implications for social and governmental policy that will strengthen our efforts. In this way, the book delivers a uniquely informative cornucopia for clinicians, researchers, legal experts, and policy planners. I recommend this book enthusiastically to all those who care about the future of marriage, children, and families.'
- David E. Scharff, MD, Chair of the Board and Former Director, International Psychotherapy Institute, Washington, DC

'An excellent, authoritative, and long overdue book with an impressive range of highly respected contributors looking at the critical importance of the couple relationship to our society and overall well-being for both adults and children. It takes a wide-ranging look at the clinical practice and research across the field of couple therapy and its impact on the wider family. The book contains some much needed ideas of ways in which couple therapy can play a more beneficial role in reducing conflict when couples are splitting up, which are highly relevant to the current debate over the operation of the family courts. Each chapter of this book make critical links with key family and social policy dilemmas, with a refreshing emphasis on the importance of couple relationships to so many dimensions of our lives. In short, this book not only puts the couple relationship at the heart of our world, but also at the very heart of social policy thinking.'


- Claire Tyler, Baroness Tyler of Enfield, Chief Executive Officer,
 Relate

'This fascinating book fills a large gap in understanding the key factors that support the healthy development of children. From an early intervention perspective the parental couple relationship is the missing link in making positive changes to children's outcomes but an authoritative analysis of the importance of this special connection has been lacking. This book fills that gap and is essential reading for those who work to support children and families.'
- Graham Allen, MP, author of Early Intervention: The Next Steps and Early Intervention: Smart Investment, Massive Savings

'This book covers enormous ground, from the intimacies of the couple relationship as brought to life in couple therapy, to the implications of the understanding of these processes for other arenas, such as the family court system and social policy. It will be indispensable reading not only for those working in the field and allied professions, but also for anyone wanting to understand current thinking in this area. An outstanding achievement.'
- Dr David Bell, President, British Psychoanalytic Society

About the Editor(s)

Andrew Balfour is director of clinical services at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships. He originally studied English Literature before going on to train as a clinical psychologist at University College London and then as an adult psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, and as a couple psychotherapist at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR). He worked for many years in the adult department of the Tavistock Clinic where he specialised in old age and he has also been a staff member at TCCR since 2001. He has published a number of papers and has taught and lectured widely both in Britain and abroad.

Mary Morgan is a couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist, psychoanalyst and member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She has worked at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships for over twenty years, where she currently holds the readership in couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She is head of the couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy training, MA and PD. She has a particular interest in the psychoanalytic understanding of couple relationships and the technique of couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy, about which she has published many papers.

Christopher Vincent is a couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice. He was formerly a senior staff member and is now a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships where he developed a research and clinical interest in couples who are divorcing. His current clinical practice is combined with a research project looking at the impact of a diagnosis of early onset dementia on couple relationships.

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