All couples go through challenging times: some survive and thrive, others don't. How can we understand and use this distinction in the practical application of therapy?
In their solution-oriented, competency-based approach to couples therapy, Phillip Ziegler and Tobey Hiller answer this question. In Recreating Partnership, an innovative, theoretically sound, and practical handbook for clinicians, Ziegler and Hiller present a bold and clinically useful concept, the good story/bad story dichotomy. The book shows clinicians how to use this narrative concept in conducting effective and efficient relationship therapy that will help couples build solutions collaboratively, invigorate partnership, and thrive, each in their own unique ways. The book covers issues such as establishing rapport with antagonistic partners; developing therapeutic goals; hosting conversations that reinvigorate the couple's good story; how, when, and whether to offer task assignments; addressing issues such as domestic violence; and how to bring therapy to a close, as well as many cogent and helpful transcripts. Written for psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and anyone who works with couples, Recreating Partnership will be exciting and useful to both the novice and experienced practitioner.
A highly readable and timely volume…will be of benefit to clinicians and couples alike. — Scott D. Miller, co-author of Escape from Babel and Working with “Impossible” CaseS. This is one of the clearest and most creative books I have ever read on couples therapy!
— Pepper Schwartz, author of Love Between Equals: How Peer Marriage Really Works
About the Authors
Phillip Ziegler and Tobey Hiller, who have been married to each other for 25 years, are MFTs with more than 40 combined years of clinical experience. Both are experienced teachers and trainers. In addition to their regular practices, Phillip is a mediator; Tobey, an organizational consultant.