Tools for Working with Spanish-Speaking Latino Couples



This chapter provides a treatment outline and handouts for therapists working with distressed couples. The treatment consists of seven modules that occur over 12–18, 1 h sessions. The outlines described in this chapter were informed by key principles from evidence-based treatments for couples. Module 1 covers the intake and assessment sessions, in which the goals are to build rapport and provide feedback to the couple. In Module 2, couples are taught communication skills (e.g., speaker/listener roles), and they also practice these skills with a low-conflict issue. In Module 3, couples work through gaining a deeper understanding of one or two moderate-/high-conflict issues. Module 4 addresses how couples can identify triggers for their arguments and also reviews how to use a time-out strategy. In Module 5, couples learn problem-solving skills, and couples apply these skills to a specific problem. Module 6 focuses on increasing intimacy, through completing fun activities together and changing behaviors. Finally, Module 7 addresses termination issues and how to plan for life after therapy. When relevant, the modules include handouts to be used in session, as well as homework handouts that couples complete at home to further practice the learned skills.


Couple therapy Evidence based Communication skills 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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