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AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy

Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy

Bridging Emotion, Societal Context, and Couple Interaction

Editors: Knudson-Martin, Carmen, Wells, Melissa A., Samman, Sarah K. (Eds.)

  • Presents a new, sociocultural-focused model of relationship therapy
  • Places relationship quality at the center of therapy
  • Uses real case examples to analyze current trends in relationships
  • Examines the implications of gender and gender roles in relationships and relationship therapy
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About this book

This path-breaking volume introduces Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy for clinical work with troubled couples. Practice-focused and engaging, it integrates real-world knowledge of the intersections of gender, culture, power, and identity in relationships with empirical findings on the neurobiology of attraction. Case examples detail the process of therapists in the moment as they develop both their clinical skills and their understanding of the social contexts fueling couples' difficulties. Applications of the method, which can be used with same-sex couples as well as heterosexual ones, are shown in addressing infidelity, tapping into partners' spirituality, and modeling and encouraging mutual respect and support.

Among the topics covered:

  • Undoing gendered power in heterosexual couple relationships.
  • Interpersonal neurobiology, couples, and the societal context.
  • How gender discourses hijack couple therapy—and how it can be avoided.
  • How SERT therapists develop interventions that address the larger context.
  • Building a circle of care in same-sex couple relationships.
  • Couple therapy with adult survivors of child abuse: gender, power, and trust.

Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy opens out practical new possibilities for marriage and family therapists, clinical psychologists, social workers, and counselors seeking ideas for more meaningful couples work.

About the authors

Carmen Knudson-Martin, PhD, LMFT, is internationally recognized for her work regarding gender, marital equality, and relational health. She is a founder of Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy, an approach that attends to the micro-processes through which couple interaction, emotion, and socio-cultural context come together in the moment by moment of clinical process. Her book, Couples, Gender, and Power: Creating Change in Intimate Relationships, weaves a link between research and practice as she makes the influence of the larger social context in couple relationships come alive and offers a step by step template to guide clinical work, with an emphasis on the political and ethical implications of therapist actions. She and her research team have published over 50 articles articulating the importance of the larger social context on issues such as marital equality, relational development, postpartum depression, women’s health, and couple therapy. Carmen is a Professor and Director of the Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy program at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She serves on the Board of directors of the Family Process Institute and the American Family Therapy Academy is series editor of the SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy.

Reviews

“The authors introduce SERT as a new model for addressing couples’ issues in therapy. They present several examples of how to integrate relational ethics, a sociocultural perspective with the role of emotions, neurobiology, and spirituality into couples’ well functioning and satisfaction. The book is written with practitioners in mind … but it can be helpful for graduate students, especially at the doctoral level, looking for the best fit model for their practices.” (Ileana Ungureanu, Doody’s Book Reviews, September, 2015)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Bridging Emotion, Societal Discourse, and Couple Interaction in Clinical Practice

    Knudson-Martin, Carmen (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • When Therapy Challenges Patriarchy: Undoing Gendered Power in Heterosexual Couple Relationships

    Knudson-Martin, Carmen

    Pages 15-26

  • Toward Relational Empowerment: Interpersonal Neurobiology, Couples, and the Societal Context

    Fishbane, Mona DeKoven (et al.)

    Pages 27-40

  • How Gender Discourses Hijack Couple Therapy—and How to Avoid It

    ChenFeng, Jessica L. (et al.)

    Pages 41-52

  • Expanding the Lens: How SERT Therapists Develop Interventions that Address the Larger Context

    Estrella, Julie (et al.)

    Pages 53-65

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-13398-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-13397-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy
Book Subtitle
Bridging Emotion, Societal Context, and Couple Interaction
Editors
  • Carmen Knudson-Martin
  • Melissa A. Wells
  • Sarah K. Samman
Series Title
AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
American Family Therapy Academy
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-13398-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-13398-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-13397-3
Series ISSN
2196-5528
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 153
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations
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