Title Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy
Subtitle A Therapist’s Guide to Creating Acceptance and Change
Author Andrew Christensen, Brian D Doss, Neil S Jacobson
ISBN 9780393713633
List price USD 39.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 416
Book size 159 x 235 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy is the premier couple therapy for addressing the central concepts of acceptance and behavior change in intimate relationships. Developed by internationally recognized leaders in the couple therapy field, IBCT is easy for therapists to learn, is well-received by couples, and has strong empirical support. This book includes the latest thinking regarding acceptance and behavior change strategies, along with innovative applications of the treatment to diverse populations and specific complex problems. This volume will be a classic.”

—Donald H. Baucom, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, author of Treating Relationship Distress and Psychopathology in Couples


Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy is a book every therapist and student training to be a therapist needs to read...The IBCT approach to helping partners improve their relationships and lives is based on over 40 years of research and clinical practice...Partners will want to read this book to discover skills and principles that will help them as they put what they learn into practice. Your work with people struggling with relationship issues will be forever changed when you read this book.”

—Howard J. Markman, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Denver, author of Fighting FOR Your Marriage


“In 2008, the search began to select an intervention to promote VA health-care when Congress mandated those eligible for the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services have access to couple counselling...Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT) fit the bill, and thousands of veterans have now participated in the intervention, to great effect. The text here updates and expands IBCT in an accessible, engaging format replete with clinical wisdom and practical guidance.”

—Shirley M. Glynn, PhD, Research Psychologist, Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA


“This book is essential reading for anyone participating in couple therapy. Powerful case examples bring underlying principles to life...Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy challenges traditional ideas about couple therapy through integration with online programs, such as OurRelationship.com. In addition, it expands IBCT’s applicability to diverse couples and high-stakes issues, including infidelity and violence. This book offers enormous wisdom for both seasoned and new couple therapists.”

—Gayla Margolin, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Southern California


The definitive therapist manual for Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT)—one of the most empirically supported approaches to couple therapy.

Andrew Christensen, codeveloper (along with the late Neil Jacobson) of Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy, and Brian Doss provide an essential manual for their evidence-based practice.

The authors offer guidance on formulation, assessment, and feedback of couples’ distress from an IBCT perspective. They also detail techniques to achieve acceptance and deliberate change. In this updated edition of the work, readers learn about innovations to the IBCT approach in the 20+ years since the publication of the original edition—including refinements of core therapeutic techniques. Additionally, this edition provides new guidance on working with diverse couples, complex clinical issues, and integrating technology into a course of treatment.




Part 1: Overview of Couple Distress and Therapy

Chapter 1: A Couple in Distress

Chapter 2: Why Lovers Make War and How Couple Therapy Brings Peace


Part 2: Assessment, Clinical Formulation, and Feedback In IBCT

Chapter 3: Couple Distress from an IBCT Perspective

Chapter 4: Overview and Assessment in IBCT

Chapter 5: Feedback Session and Treatment Overview in IBCT


Part 3: IBCT Strategies For Promoting Acceptance (and Change)

Chapter 6: Creating Acceptance and Change Through Empathic Joining

Chapter 7: Creating Acceptance and Change Through Unified Detachment

Chapter 8: Creating Acceptance and Change Through Tolerance Building


Part 4: IBCT Strategies For Promoting Deliberate Change (And Acceptance)

Chapter 9: Deliberate, Client-Led Change

Chapter 10: Dyadic Behavioral Activation

Chapter 11: Communication and Problem-Solving Training


Part 5: Special Considerations And New Directions In IBCT

Chapter 12: Diversity in Couples: Clinical Considerations in Doing IBCT

Chapter 13: Special Problems in Couple Therapy: Violence, Sexual Problems, Infidelity, and Psychopathology

Chapter 14: OurRelationship.com and IBCT: A Model for Integration





About the Authors:

Andrew Christensen is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at UCLA. With the late Neil Jacobson, he developed and researched Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT), a treatment adopted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as one of their evidence-based interventions and adapted into the online program for couples, OurRelationship.com.

Brian D. Doss is Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami. He led the development of the online OurRelationship program for couples and demonstrated its effectiveness for thousands of couples nationwide. More recently he has explored the integration of the online program with in-person IBCT.

Neil S. Jacobson, formerly Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington, was widely recognized as a consummate scientist-practitioner and as one of the leading experts in the theory and practice of behavior therapy.

Target Audience:

This book offers enormous wisdom for both seasoned and new couple therapists.

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