|5.||How does the use of fantasy solution by one partner negatively impact the relationship?|
|6.||Discuss the concept of pseudo-reconciliation and its relevance to separating and divorcing couples.|
|7.||The point at which a couple reaches a decision to divorce is considered to be one of the most critical and potentially damaging times for children in the family. What dynamics occur with the couple that impact children negatively?|
|8.||Divorce mediation has been used successfully to help couples settle the difficult issues associated with divorce. What are the benefits of a mediated divorce and in what situations may mediation be less effective?|
|9.||AAMFT 's current ethical standards discourage the dual relationship of a therapist providing therapy to divorcing families and also performing court-ordered custody evaluations for those same families. Why is it wise to separate these two clinical roles?|
|10.||How do divorce education programs differ from traditional therapy and what are the primary benefits of divorce education programs to divorcing families?|
Crosby, J. F. (Ed.). (1989). When one wants out and the other doesn 't: Doing therapy with polarized couples. New York: Brunner/Mazel.
A thoroughly clinical and comprehensive edited work that identifies the struggles of divorcing families.
Everett, C. A., & Volgy Everett, S. (1991). Treating divorce in family therapy practice. In A. S. Gurman & D. P. Kniskern (Eds.), Handbook of family therapy: Vol. II (pp. 508–524). New York: Brunner/Mazel.
Identifies practical issues for the clinician working with divorcing families from an integrative family systems practice.
Everett, C. A., & Volgy Everett, S. (1995). Healthy Divorce — Fourteen stages of separation, divorce and remarriage. New York: John Wiley.
A book written for divorcing families that defines fourteen stages they will experience as they proceed through the divorce process with help given on protecting the children and learning to become co-parents.
Folberg, 1, & Taylor, A. (1984). Mediation: A comprehensive guide to resolving conflict without litigation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
A thoughtful explanation and review of the issues and methods involved in mediation with divorcing families.
Kaslow, F., & Schwartz, L. (Eds.). (1987). The dynamics of divorce: A life cycle perspective. New York: Brunner/Mazel.
A helpful edited work that discusses many issues regarding divorce from a developmental perspective.
Nichols, W. C. (1996). Treating people in families: an integrative framework. New York: Guilford Press.
While not focused solely on divorce, a good overview for clinicians in understanding the basic issues in treating families and the conflict that can lead to divorce.
Ahrons, C. (1979). The binuclear family: Two households, one family. Alternative Lifestyles, 2, 499–515.
Ahrons, C, & Rogers, R. (1987). Divorced families: A multidisciplinary developmental view. New York: Norton.
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. (2002). The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics. Washington, DC: Author.
Arbuthnot, J. (2002). A call unheeded: Courts' perceived obstacles to establishing divorce education programs. Family Court Review, 40 (3), 371–382.
Cherlin, A. J. (1992). Marriage, divorce and remarriage. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
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Publication information: Book title: Family Therapy Review: Preparing for Comprehensive and Licensing Examinations. Contributors: Robert H. Coombs - Editor. Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Place of publication: Mahwah, NJ. Publication year: 2005. Page number: 274.
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