Communication Skills for a Strong & Loving Marriage
Author: Susan Heitler,Abigail Hirsch
Pubpsher: New Harbinger Publications Incorporated
Category: Family & Relationships
This step-by-step guide is for couples who want to enhance their communication skills and maximize their relationshipís potential for mutual support and growth. Troubled spouses will discover how to hear without becoming defensive, clean up after verbal ìtoxic spills,î and convert moments of anger into opportunities for growth.
Release on 2013-02-01 | by Steven M. Harris, Ph.D,David C. Ivey, Ph.D,Roy A. Bean, Ph.D.
Strategies to Complement Your Stand Alone Therapy Practice
Author: Steven M. Harris, Ph.D,David C. Ivey, Ph.D,Roy A. Bean, Ph.D.
In the advent of managed care and the continuing decline in reimbursement felt across the various disciplines of mental health have had profound impacts upon the quality and quantity of care in the field. As it has become increasingly difficult for a practitioner in private practice to provide a satisfactory level of care while earning a living in the process, many clinicians have become more innovative in the services they offer their clients. This book pulls together a group of mental health professionals who have branched out into new markets and services. A Practice that Works represents an anthology of new knowledge in the field, as chapter contributors describe in revealing detail their own innovative techniques. After first describing the idea behind a strategy such as Wilderness Therapy Programs, the editors discuss the logistics of billing issues pertinent to the strategy and provide practical steps to its implementation, follow-through and development. Finally each chapter includes a 'testimonial' from the editors before considering issues such as any other implications of the strategy, how the strategy can fit into one's larger therapeutic model, and how this new way of thinking has impacted the author's life and practice. This timely book should appeal to professionals in all areas of the mental health fields, and is written in a general style that will not turn any of them away from the innovative lessons to be gleaned from such a unique compilation.
In a readily-accessible, easy-to-read format, this book presents useful hints, suggestions, anecdotes and lists that will help you to look within, identify, and ultimately achieve your personal and professional goals. From getting started with the actual physical space that is your office to the incorporation and financial establishment of your practice, to dealing with the most unexpected, unpredictable clients and their expectations and to planning for the unexpected, the answers are here. The straightforward "hands-on" approach makes reading simple, the inclusion of anecdotes adds realism and interest, the quick checks provide instant reminders and cues and the self-disclosure questions aid in self-understanding. All of the suggestions are grounded in practice. Some may be familiar to you already; some may be novel and unexpected. Sometimes, however, simple reminders or hints can be the most powerful and with that in mind, this book was written in an attempt to demystify some of the confusion and/or uncertainty surrounding the successful establishment and functioning of a private practice.
Course objectives: Recognize relationship as an emotional healer; identify triggers, move through them, and come back into ease and aliveness Discover how intimacy in relationship requires curiosity, wonder, and the ability to find the truth of one's experience deep in one's body Discuss how to speak the "unarguable truth"; utilizing the eight step moving emotions process—moving from stuckness into emotional flow Define three toxic habits within relationships and their antidotes—transforming our own behavior, as well as those around us through positive attention Summarize how to move out of power struggles within relationships and into agreements which allow everyone to get everything they want Discuss how to live within the relationship you really want moving between contractiona and expansiveness—welcoming appreciations, creativity, play, aliveness, as well as love for self and other Utilize checklists, tools, and journaling exercises as a way to engage, reflect and explore relationship skills and self-growth What are the ingredients of a successful and enduring relationship? Love, passion, and commitment are all vital—yet without certain basic skills, even the most devoted partners can find themselves descending into arguments, power struggles, and disillusionment. With The Relationship Skills Workbook, Dr. Julia Colwell presents a practical guide for building a conscious partnership based on cooperation and trust—offering relationship-saving techniques and on-the-spot conflict resolution tools for disarming the explosive clashes that most commonly break couples apart. In this friendly and easy-to-use resource, Dr. Colwell teaches you essential tools for: Crisis and conflict first aid—communication strategies and emotional mastery techniques to stop arguing and start connecting Getting unstuck from power struggles—how to shift from deadlock to mutual responsibility and support Ending the blame game—letting go of accusation and resentment to create win-win agreements Supporting each other's growth and success—how to retain your personal autonomy while fully committing to your partner's happiness Moving from reactivity to creative solutions—techniques to keep your brain's flight-or-fight instinct from undermining your heart's desires Sustaining love, passion, and romance—how you can choose to create a magnificent relationship together "Relationships, while seemingly complicated, don't have to be so mysterious," Dr. Colwell says. "What I've learned from my decades of personal and professional experiences is that a few elegantly simple concepts and skills can help any couple through the most difficult spots—and help us transform conflict into intimacy, passion, and ever-deepening love."
A Cognitive Behavior Workbook to Bring Happiness to Every Day of Life
Author: Russell Grieger
The Serious Business of Being Happy combines scientific research and clinical experience to lay out a wealth of strategies to bring about happiness with oneself, other people, and daily life in general. Suitable for a wide range of mental health professionals, the book provides an applicable, comprehensive step-by-step approach to fulfilling a happy life. Chapters draw on Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy theory and practice to illustrate key areas where happiness can be maximized, including identifying life purpose and sacred principles, finding happiness with oneself, and finding happiness with others. Also included is a personalized "Happiness Action Plan," along with case examples, exercises, and reflections, to translate the ideas into concrete action. Leaving aside the psychobabble and feel-good clichés, The Serious Business of Being Happy is a valuable resource for practitioners working with individuals to build a positive psychology in everyday life.