Strategic Couples Therapy
by James Coyne
James Coyne demonstrates Strategic Couples Therapy in an actual session with a gay couple. 
James Coyne demonstrates Strategic Couples Therapy in an actual session with a gay couple. Watch this master therapist and learn the basic principles of Strategic Therapy, which seeks to help the couple develop a problem-solving strategy tailored to their specific concerns and values.

Hugh and Alan have been together more than a decade, and now find themselves ready to work on some of the more persistent annoyances in their relationship. Coyne illustrates many core Strategic Therapy techniques, including meeting with each partner individually prior to bringing them in together, describing the problem explicitly and concisely, investigating all solutions that have been previously tried, defining a clear and concrete change to be achieved and formulating and implementing a strategy for change.

Coyne demonstrates other techniques such as reframing, and gives Hugh and Alan a paradoxical homework assignment: permission to do what they are already doing in order to view their conflicts as an opportunity for change. The therapy session is both preceded and followed by an in-depth exploration of the principles of Strategic Therapy and a discussion of Coyne's own thought process and methodology.
In Depth
By watching this video, you will:
  • Describe Coyne's approach to couples therapy, including the specific techniques used in Strategic Therapy.
  • Identify the basic principles of Strategic Therapy.
  • Explain how a clinician employing a Strategic Therapy approach would conduct an initial session with a couple in conflict.

Length of video: 1:57:00

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-216-6

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-216-7

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-217-4

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-217-4

James C. Coyne, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in Philadelphia. He was a therapist at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Coyne has directed a number of research studies in such areas as depression, stress, and cancer risk, and has received numerous awards for his outstanding research and scholarship.

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