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Focused Issues in Family Therapy

Intervening After Violence

Therapy for Couples and Families

Authors: Sammut Scerri, C., Vetere, A., Abela, A., Cooper, J.

    • Offers a systemic, pan-theoretical approach to repairing relationships after violence
    • Examines prevention and early intervention strategies for intergenerational violence
    • Explores the psychological and social on therapists who work with violence in couples and families
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This practical text offers professional guidance on stopping domestic violence in couples and families and promoting healing and safety in its aftermath. Rich in theoretical diversity (attachment, trauma, feminist, narrative) and inclusive of family structures and forms of violence, the coverage takes an approach to understanding both complex circumstances and intervening with families. The tasks of healing, from reestablishing trust to fostering positive coping, are clearly linked to effects of abuse such as unresolved loss, blunted trauma responses, poor emotion regulation, and damaged relational esteem. And because sustained safety is crucial to well-being, the authors extend their concepts of safety to include professionals’ own experience, security, and self-care.

Among the topics covered:

· Living with violence in the family: retrospective recall of women’s childhood experiences.

· How to help stop the violence: using a safety methodology across the life span.

·  Helping couples separate safely: working towards safe separations.

·  Healing and repair in relationships: working therapeutically with couples.

·  Working systemically with parents, children, and adult survivors when the abuse stops.

·  Supervision and consultation with practitioners who intervene with families and trauma.

Intervening After Violence: Therapy for Couples and Families is an essential resource for social workers and mental health professionals engaged in clinical practice seeking strategies for working therapeutically and systematically with couples and families coping with physical and emotional violence.

About the authors

Clarissa Sammut Scerri is lecturer and current Head of the Department of Family Studies at the University of Malta. She is a registered Counselling psychologist, Family therapist, and a Systemic supervisor. Her PhD research entitled “Living with contradictions of love and abuse: a grounded theory of women’s understanding of their experiences of domestic violence” sought to illuminate and further the understanding of the complexity of living in a family where there is violence. She has presented her research at various local and international conferences. One of her papers: “Ethical dilemmas of a clinician/researcher interviewing women about their childhood experiences of witnessing domestic violence”, has been shortlisted for the Corinna Seith Award by the WAVE Network, Women Against Violence. Dr. Sammut Scerri complements her teaching and research with clinical practice and supervision in the field, including to a team of social care professionals who work with men who are violent in their intimate relationships. She wrote chapters one and two in this book.

Arlene Vetere, FBPsS, FAcSS, is professor of family therapy and systemic practice at VID Specialized University, Oslo, Norway; visiting professor of clinical psychology at Universita degli Studi, Bergamo, Italy; and affiliate professor of family studies at Malta University. Arlene lives in the UK, where she is registered as a clinical psychologist, systemic psychotherapist and systemic supervisor. Twenty years ago, she established ‘Reading Safer Families’, a family violence intervention service, with Jan Cooper. They have published extensively on their approach to safety and safe therapeutic practice with individuals, couples and families. Arlene has also developed a narrative attachment approach to systemic practice with Rudi Dallos, which has been widely published. Arlene co-authored chapters three and four with Jan Cooper in this book, and wrote chapters five and seven.

Angela Abela is a professor and founding head of the Department of Family Studies at the University of Malta. As a clinical psychologist, family therapist and systemic supervisor, she works with couples, children and their families and supervises teams of practitioners working with vulnerable families. She chairs the National Centre for Family Research of the President of Malta’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society and is a consultant for the Maltese government and the Standing Committees for Social and Family Affairs in Parliament.  As an expert for the Council of Europe, she worked on the Policy to Support Positive Parenting and is lead author of the Strategic Policy on Positive Parenting for Malta launched in 2016. She has published widely and is an associate editor of Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, an international advisory editor of Contemporary Family Therapy and is on the editorial board of Children Australia. Angela wrote chapters six, eight and nine in this book.

Jan Cooper is a former psychiatric social worker and a systemic psychotherapist, currently holding a non-clinical registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy in the UK. Twenty years ago she established ‘Reading Safer Families’, a dedicated family violence intervention service, with Arlene Vetere. They have published extensively on their approach to safety and safe therapeutic practice where violence is of concern. Currently, Jan is focused on writing and training on their safety methodology. Jan co-authored chapters three and four with Arlene Vetere in this book.

 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • When the Violence Stops: Different Relationships and Different Forms of Violence in the Family

    Sammut Scerri, Clarissa (et al.)

    Pages 1-18

  • Living with Violence in the Family: Retrospective Recall of Women’s Childhood Experiences

    Sammut Scerri, Clarissa (et al.)

    Pages 19-45

  • How to Help Stop the Violence: Using a Safety Methodology Across the Life Span

    Sammut Scerri, Clarissa (et al.)

    Pages 47-69

  • Helping Couples Separate Safely: Working Towards Safe Separations

    Sammut Scerri, Clarissa (et al.)

    Pages 71-75

  • Healing and Repair in Relationships: Working Therapeutically with Couples

    Sammut Scerri, Clarissa (et al.)

    Pages 77-92

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-57789-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $79.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-57788-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Intervening After Violence
Book Subtitle
Therapy for Couples and Families
Authors
Series Title
Focused Issues in Family Therapy
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-57789-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-57789-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-57788-3
Series ISSN
2520-1190
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 179
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 illustrations in colour
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