A sensible tested effective approach to helping couples

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This lecture explains why the Hope approach works for couples and the scientific, theoretical and Christian philosophy roots of the approach

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Chapter 2: A sensible, tested and effective approach to helping couples :

Chapter 2: A sensible, tested and effective approach to helping couples Is it going to work for this couple? What is the basis for the theory of change? Is there evidence supportive it’s effectiveness? Chapter 2

The Approach:

The Approach Christian Roots Research demonstrating prayer can be helpful for religious couples (Lambert et al., 2012) No relationship difference between Christian Hope approach and Secular Hope approach This means there is common grace Based on ethics and preferences of the couple

The Approach:

The Approach 20 years of research on the Hope Approach demonstrating positive outcomes Based on Basic Research Component Analysis, outcome research in two labs with a dozen researchers, newlyweds, enrichment, therapy, new parents, etc. etc. etc…. Good to great effect sizes in direct research on the Hope approach

Clinical Wisdom:

Clinical Wisdom Strategic Therapy (Jay Haley) Behavior and modern spin offs Integrative Behavioral and acceptance Emotions and attachment research Diversity context is a cornerstone Adjust for trauma Resistance is grist for the mill

Psychotherapy should be a good memorable experience:

Psychotherapy should be a good memorable experience Our memories are generally terrible Duke Research about 9/11 33% forgotten at 32 weeks 9/11 Memory Consortium ( Hirst , et al., 2009) 37% error of even event details For couples- they may not remember their relationship perfectly, or what happened in couple therapy

Memories are mood congruent:

Memories are mood congruent If we feel angry, we tend to remember injustices and offenses If we feel happy, we tend to remember happy experiences (Cahill, Gorsky & Le 2003) Couples memories are affected by their circumstances/ mood

Social Cognitions are self-centered:

Social Cognitions are self-centered I’m good, you’re lucky Fundamental Attribution Error (Funder, 1987) Motivational Bias (Zuckerman, 1979) How couples tend to see motivational differences between themselves and their partner

Class Discussion:

Class Discussion What is the relationship between basic scientific research, applied scientific research, and Christian wisdoms Or what is the relationship between general and special revelation in couples counseling?

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