Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Escudero, Valentin

  • Myrna L. FriedlanderEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1130


Escudero, Valentín


Valentín Escudero, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of A Coruña and director of the Family Intervention and Care Research Unit (UIICF), a family therapy center at the Hospital Naval, where four prestigious programs of family therapy research and family therapy training have been run since 1999. Escudero’s research and practice epitomizes a systemic approach to family therapy founded on solid observational study and careful theoretical conceptualization. His primary area of scholarship concerns the development and maintenance of therapeutic alliances with couples and families, specifically using alliances to empower the therapeutic system (Escudero and Friedlander 2017). Escudero’s work is extraordinary in the field of family therapy in Europe due to his balance in connecting research to therapist training and clinical practice. Escudero has published numerous journal articles and chapters and is the co-author of three books: Rela...

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  1. Escudero, V., & Friedlander, M. L. (2017). Therapeutic alliances with families: Empowering clients in challenging cases. New York: Springer.  https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59369-2.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Escudero, V., Friedlander, M. L., Varela, N., & Abascal, A. (2008). Observing the therapeutic alliance in family therapy: Associations with participants’ perceptions and therapeutic outcomes. Journal of Family Therapy, 30, 194–214.  https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6427.2008.00425.x.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Escudero, V., Boogmans, E., Loots, G., & Friedlander, M. L. (2012). Alliance rupture and repair in conjoint family therapy: An exploratory study. Psychotherapy, 49, 26–37.  https://doi.org/10.1037/a0026747.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. Friedlander, M. L., Escudero, V., & Heatherington, L. (2006). Therapeutic alliances with couples and families: An empirically-informed guide to practice (Vol. 53, p. 214). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.  https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-0167.53.2.214.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University at Albany/State University of New YorkAlbanyUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Human Development and Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA