Discussion: Theory Integration


Each theory you examine in this course has its own framework for addressing client needs and its own set of theory-based interventions. As with any purely theoretical basis, implementation in real life may require adjustments. Select one of the theories demonstrated in the media this week (either humanistic, experiential, or emotional focused therapy [EFT]), and consider the challenges you may face when integrating this theory with your own theoretical orientation. Then, think about how you might mitigate these challenges.

By Day 4
Post a brief explanation of one challenge you may encounter if you attempted to integrate the theory you selected with your lens of couple counseling in your future professional practice. Then, explain how you might mitigate this challenge.

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Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the resources.

Required Readings
Gurman, A. S., Lebow, J. L., Snyder, D. K. (2015). Clinical handbook of couple therapy. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

Chapter 4, “Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy”
Allan, R., & Johnson, S. M. (2017). Conceptual and application issues: Emotionally Focused Therapy with gay male couples. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 16(4), 286-305
Bell, C. A., Denton, W. H., Martin, G., Coffey, A. D., Hanks, C.O., Cornwell, C. S., & Priest, J. B. (2018). Learning emotionally focused couple therapy: Four clinicians’ perspectives. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 17(1), 61-78.
Carlson, M. W., Oed, M. M., & Bermudez, J. M. (2017). Satir’s Communication Stances and Pursue–Withdraw Cycles: An Enhanced Emotionally Focused Therapy Framework of Couple Interaction. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 16(3), 253-270.
Schmidt, C. D., & Gelhert, N. C. (2017). Couples therapy and empathy: An evaluation of the impact of imago relationship therapy on partner empathy levels. The Family Journal, 25(1), 23-30.
Williams, M. (2012). Couples counseling: A step by step guide for therapists. Boston, MA: Viale Publishing.

Chapter 4, “Communication Skills”
Document: Treatment Plan Template (Word document)
Required Media
Humanistic/Experiential Therapy:
Psychotherapy.net. (Producer). (n.d.). Experiential therapy [Video file].
Psychotherapy.net. (Publisher). (n.d.). Satir family therapy [Video file]. [With Jean McLendon]. United States: Psychotherapy.net.
Emotionally Focused Therapy:
Governors State University (Producer). (2009). Emotionally focused couples therapy [Video file]. Chicago, IL: Author.

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