Family Therapy Review: Preparing for Comprehensive and Licensing Examinations

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4. Discuss intervention strategies for distressed couples who are raising children.
5. Relying on their profile, explain why Devitalized couples are the most abusive type.
6. Explain why Volatile couples are happy—not hostile—even though they have intense conflict.
7. Discuss two observational findings that cannot be revealed by a couple's self-report.
8. Describe what happens during the cascade from conflict to disenchantment.
9. Outline an approach to help couples constructively engage in conflict.
10. Discuss the strengths and limitations of using couple typologies in therapy.


Berger, R., & Hannah, M. T. (Eds.) (2000). Preventive approaches in couples therapy. Philadelphia: Brunner/Mazel.

An informational resource on marriage and couples education programs. Identifies prevention principles and practices relevant to clinical intervention.

Doherty, W. J. (2001). Take backyour marriage: Sticking together in a world that pulls us apart. New York: Guilford Press.

A practical guide helping married couples handle common stressors and everyday concerns they face in contemporary society.

Gottman, J. M. (1999). The marriage clinic: A scientifically based marital therapy. New York: W.W. Norton.

A resource to understand the dynamics of couple interaction and effective ways to intervene. Contains checklists and questionnaires for relational assessment.

Olson, D. H., & Olson, A. K. (2000). Empowering couples: Building on your strengths. Minneapolis: Life Innovations, Inc.

A workbook for couples to build a happy, stable relationship. Contains couple exercises and assignments useful in therapy and provides a framework for conducting couple workshops.


Asai, S. G., & Olson, D. H. (2000). Spouse abuse and marital system: Based on ENRICH. Retrieved May 11, 2003, from Life Innovations, Inc. Web site:

Beach, S. R. H., & Bauserman, S. A. K. (1990). Enhancing the effectiveness of marital therapy. In F. D. Fincham & T. N. Bradbury (Eds.), The psychology of marriage (pp. 402–419). New York: Guilford Press.

Fitzpatrick, M. A. (1984). A typological approach to marital interaction: Recent theory and research. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 18, 1–47.

Fowers, B. J., Montel, K. H., & Olson, D. H. (1996). Predicting marital success for premarital types based on PREPARE. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 22, 103–119.

Gottman, J. M. (1993). The roles of conflict engagement, escalation, and avoidance in marital interaction: A longitudinal view of five types of couples. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 61, 6–15.

Gottman, J. M. (1998). Psychology and the study of marital processes. Annual Review of Psychology, 49, 169–197.

Gottman, J. M. (1999). The marriage clinic: A scientifically based marital therapy. W. W. Norton: New York.

Kouneski, E. F. (2002). Five types of marriage based on ENRICH: Linking intrapersonal and interpersonal characteristics. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Kouneski, E. F., & Olson, D. H. (2004). A practical look at intimacy through the lens of the ENRICH couple typology. In D. J. Mashek & A. Aron (Eds.), Handbook of closeness and intimacy (pp. 117–133). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Murray, S. L., & Holmes, J. G. (2000). Seeing the self through a partner's eyes: Why self-doubts turn into relationship insecurities, hi A. Tesser, R. B. Felson, & J. M. Suls (Eds.), Psychological perspectives on self and identity (pp. 173–198). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Olson, D. H. (2000). Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems. Journal of Family Therapy, 22, 144–167.

Olson, D. H. (1996). PREPARE/ENRICH counselor's manual: Version 2000. Minneapolis, MN: Life Innovations, Inc.


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