Behavioral Couples Therapy
by Richard Stuart
Richard Stuart demonstrates his integrative approach to Behavioral Couples Therapy in an actual couples therapy session. 
Stuart utilizes basic principles of Behavioral Therapy to empower clients to change their own behaviors and develop insight and understanding into how what they do influences the behavior of others.

In this video, Stuart works with Adele and Wesley, a couple with many elements of a successful marriage but struggling to find a way to stay together. While issues from her past trouble Adele, Wesley feels hurt and rejected and does not know how to recapture his loving feelings for his wife.

Using information derived from a brief developmental history as well as pre-session questionnaires, Stuart is able to quickly dive into the language and metaphor of each client—using anecdotes and personal stories to reflect his understanding. He then moves on to identify each of their primary concerns, and reframe their understanding of problematic behaviors. After negotiating strategies for achieving a mutually desired solution, the clients are then asked to engage in specific behavioral changes that can be evaluated the following week.

Consistently focusing on their strengths and the positive aspects of their marriage, Stuart helps the couple re-commit to each other in order to successfully undertake the behavioral changes asked for.

What therapists are saying…

"Every couple I have ever referred to Dick (which is many) have come back to me with glowing reports about how helpful he has been for them. I send everyone to him! This DVD is a good example of how much can be accomplished in a single session of couple's therapy.  I highly recommend it!

-- Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP, Developer of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
"Dr Stuart's demonstration and explanation of his approach are clear, practical, and useful for therapists at all levels. He shows how, in a single session, partners can restore their commitment to their relationship by better understanding each others' perspectives and learning how to treat each other more compassionately."

-- Stephen Thielke, MD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington
In Depth
By watching this video, you will be able to:
  • Describe the specific techniques used in Stuart's approach to couples therapy.
  • Identify the basic principles of Stuart's Integrative Behavioral approach to couples therapy.
  • Explain how a clinician employing Stuart's approach would conduct an initial session with a couple. 

Length of video: 1:56:00

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-218-2

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-218-1

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-219-0

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-219-8

Richard B. Stuart, DSW, has had more than 50 years of clinical, teaching, and research experience. He is the author of more than 150 professional publications. At present he is Clinical Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, University of Washington.

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