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Intervening After Violence

Therapy for Couples and Families

Book

Part of the Focused Issues in Family Therapy book series (FIFT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Clarissa Sammut Scerri, Arlene Vetere, Angela Abela, Jan Cooper
    Pages 1-18
  3. Clarissa Sammut Scerri, Arlene Vetere, Angela Abela, Jan Cooper
    Pages 19-45
  4. Clarissa Sammut Scerri, Arlene Vetere, Angela Abela, Jan Cooper
    Pages 47-69
  5. Clarissa Sammut Scerri, Arlene Vetere, Angela Abela, Jan Cooper
    Pages 71-75
  6. Clarissa Sammut Scerri, Arlene Vetere, Angela Abela, Jan Cooper
    Pages 77-92
  7. Clarissa Sammut Scerri, Arlene Vetere, Angela Abela, Jan Cooper
    Pages 93-116
  8. Clarissa Sammut Scerri, Arlene Vetere, Angela Abela, Jan Cooper
    Pages 117-127
  9. Clarissa Sammut Scerri, Arlene Vetere, Angela Abela, Jan Cooper
    Pages 129-150
  10. Clarissa Sammut Scerri, Arlene Vetere, Angela Abela, Jan Cooper
    Pages 151-173
  11. Clarissa Sammut Scerri, Arlene Vetere, Angela Abela, Jan Cooper
    Pages E1-E1
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 175-179

About this book

Introduction

 

This practical text offers professional guidance on stopping domestic violence in couples and families and promoting healing and safety in its aftermath. Rich in theoretical diversity (attachment, trauma, feminist, narrative) and inclusive of family structures and forms of violence, the coverage takes an approach to understanding both complex circumstances and intervening with families. The tasks of healing, from reestablishing trust to fostering positive coping, are clearly linked to effects of abuse such as unresolved loss, blunted trauma responses, poor emotion regulation, and damaged relational esteem. And because sustained safety is crucial to well-being, the authors extend their concepts of safety to include professionals’ own experience, security, and self-care.

Among the topics covered:

· Living with violence in the family: retrospective recall of women’s childhood experiences.

·  How to help stop the violence: using a safet

y methodology across the life span.

·  Helping couples separate safely: working towards safe separations.

·  Healing and repair in relationships: working therapeutically with couples.

·  Working systemically with parents, children, and adult survivors when the abuse stops.

·  Supervision and consultation with practitioners who intervene with families and trauma.

Intervening After Violence: Therapy for Couples and Families is an essential resource for social workers and mental health professionals engaged in clinical practice seeking strategies for working therapeutically and systematically with couples and families coping with physical and emotional violence.

Keywords

Families and violence Family therapy and family violence Couples and couple violence Relationship repair Inter-personal legacies of family violence IPV and trauma responses IPV and Trauma recovery Prevention of family violence Impact on therapists of working with family violence Intergenerational Transmission of Violence Family Violence Family Therapy Supervision Systemic Therapy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family StudiesUniversity of MaltaMsidaMalta
  2. 2.VID Specialized UniversityOsloNorway
  3. 3.Department of Family StudiesUniversity of MaltaMsidaMalta
  4. 4.Reading Safer FamiliesReadingUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Clarissa Sammut Scerri is lecturer and current Head of the Department of Family Studies at the University of Malta. She is a registered Counselling psychologist, Family therapist, and a Systemic supervisor. Her PhD research entitled “Living with contradictions of love and abuse: a grounded theory of women’s understanding of their experiences of domestic violence” sought to illuminate and further the understanding of the complexity of living in a family where there is violence. She has presented her research at various local and international conferences. One of her papers: “Ethical dilemmas of a clinician/researcher interviewing women about their childhood experiences of witnessing domestic violence”, has been shortlisted for the Corinna Seith Award by the WAVE Network, Women Against Violence. Dr. Sammut Scerri complements her teaching and research with clinical practice and supervision in the field, including to a team of social care professionals who work with men who are violent in their intimate relationships. She wrote chapters one and two in this book.

Arlene Vetere, FBPsS, FAcSS, is professor of family therapy and systemic practice at VID Specialized University, Oslo, Norway; visiting professor of clinical psychology at Universita degli Studi, Bergamo, Italy; and affiliate professor of family studies at Malta University. Arlene lives in the UK, where she is registered as a clinical psychologist, systemic psychotherapist and systemic supervisor. Twenty years ago, she established ‘Reading Safer Families’, a family violence intervention service, with Jan Cooper. They have published extensively on their approach to safety and safe therapeutic practice with individuals, couples and families. Arlene has also developed a narrative attachment approach to systemic practice with Rudi Dallos, which has been widely published. Arlene co-authored chapters three and four with Jan Cooper in this book, and wrote chapters five and seven.

Angela Abela is a professor and founding head of the Department of Family Studies at the University of Malta. As a clinical psychologist, family therapist and systemic supervisor, she works with couples, children and their families and supervises teams of practitioners working with vulnerable families. She chairs the National Centre for Family Research of the President of Malta’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society and is a consultant for the Maltese government and the Standing Committees for Social and Family Affairs in Parliament.  As an expert for the Council of Europe, she worked on the Policy to Support Positive Parenting and is lead author of the Strategic Policy on Positive Parenting for Malta launched in 2016. She has published widely and is an associate editor of Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, an international advisory editor of Contemporary Family Therapy and is on the editorial board of Children Australia. Angela wrote chapters six, eight and nine in this book.

Jan Cooper is a former psychiatric social worker and a systemic psychotherapist, currently holding a non-clinical registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy in the UK. Twenty years ago she established ‘Reading Safer Families’, a dedicated family violence intervention service, with Arlene Vetere. They have published extensively on their approach to safety and safe therapeutic practice where violence is of concern. Currently, Jan is focused on writing and training on their safety methodology. Jan co-authored chapters three and four with Arlene Vetere in this book.

 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Intervening After Violence
  • Book Subtitle Therapy for Couples and Families
  • Authors Clarissa Sammut Scerri
    Arlene Vetere
    Angela Abela
    Jan Cooper
  • Series Title Focused Issues in Family Therapy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Focused Issues in Family Therapy
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57789-0
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-57788-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86250-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-57789-0
  • Series ISSN 2520-1190
  • Series E-ISSN 2520-1204
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 179
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Clinical Psychology
    Social Work
    Psychotherapy
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Reviews

“This book discusses intervention processes for domestic violence, including helping couples separate safely and/or repair the relationship and exploring positive coping and self‐care. … The book addresses the very important topic of domestic violence, which is prevalent all over the world. … This book will be a wonderful resource for practitioners who work with couples and families.” (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody's Book Reviews, October, 2017)