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Ending Spouse/Partner Abuse

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Ending Spouse/Partner Abuse

SKU# 9780826112712

A Psychoeducational Approach for Individuals and Couples

Author: Robert Geffner PhD, ABPN, Carol Mantooth MS


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This clinician's manual and workbook were developed to provide alternatives in the efforts to reduce the national epidemic of spouse/partner maltreatment. Geffner and Mantooth describe a model incorporating several theories and approaches of psychotherapy, while focusing on abuse as a primary issue. The program and techniques have been used and improved for more than 15 years in programs across the country.

The clinician will receive a comprehensive intervention program that includes 26 weekly sessions that address how to initiate the foundations for a therapeutic relationship; communicate and express feelings; teach self-management and assertiveness techniques; discuss intimacy issues; and implement a relapse prevention program. Each session contains brief intervention techniques, handouts, and homework assignments. The advantage of this approach is its flexibility. Modifications to the order in which the sessions are conducted can be made by trained clinicians to fit the needs of their clients.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date October 06, 1999
  • Page Count 248
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826112712
  • EISBN 9780826119292

Table of Contents 

    Handouts and Forms
    General Counseling Techniques
    Assessment and Screening
    I: Foundations and Brief Interventions
  1. Ground Rules and Assumptions; House of Abuse
  2. Safety-and-Control Plans
  3. Basic Anger Management
  4. Effective Stress Control
  5. Desensitization Techniques for Reducing Anxiety and Anger
  6. Social Roots of Aggression and Alcoholism Issues

  7. II: Communicating and Expressing Feelings
  8. Communication: "Fair Fighting, Dirty Fighting"
  9. Communication: Rules and Barriers
  10. Communication: Expression and Listening
  11. Identification of Feelings
  12. Emotional Awareness and Expressing Feelings

  13. III: Self-Management and Assertiveness
  14. Dynamics of Self-Esteem
  15. Self-Esteem Enhancement
  16. Self-Talk and Irrational Beliefs
  17. Changing Self-Talk
  18. Stress Inoculation for Anger Control
  19. Dynamics of Assertiveness
  20. Becoming More Assertive

  21. IV: Intimacy Issues and Relapse Prevention
  22. Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Negotiation
  23. Most Violent and/or Most Frightening Incident: Part I
  24. Most Violent/Frightening Incident: Part II
  25. Intimacy and Love
  26. Empathy Training and Role Reversals
  27. Relapse-Prevention Plans
  28. Future Plans

  29. Monthly Sessions Check-In for Months 7-12
    Appendix: Case Study of a Couple (Male Batterer and Female Victim): Ray and Mary