Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Using Collaborative Helping Maps to Organize Therapeutic Conversations with Couples

  • W. MadsenEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_982

Using Collaborative Helping Maps to Organize Therapeutic Conversations with Couples

This entry highlights the use of a simple map that can both help practitioners think their way through complex situations and organize constructive conversations with couples about challenging issues. It will provide a brief overview of collaborative helping maps and then illustrate their use with an example of work with a white lesbian couple that invites them into a broader conceptualization of their perceived individual and interpersonal difficulties within a broader sociocultural context. (This interview was part of a role-play interview in a series on couple therapy at a family therapy institute. There were extensive efforts to enroll the couple members to make it as life-like as possible and there were multiple moments when both the participants and I forgot that this was a constructed reality.) This entry is written in the first person as a description of how I approach this work. This is not an...

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.


  1. Duncan, B. L., Miller, S. D., Wambold, B. E., & Hubble, M. A. (2010). The heart and soul of change (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.Google Scholar
  2. Madsen, W. C. (2007). Collaborative therapy with multi-stressed families (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.Google Scholar
  3. Madsen, W. C. (2009). Collaborative helping: A practice framework for family-centered services. Family Process, 48, 103–116.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. Madsen, W. C. (2011). Collaborative helping maps: A tool to guide thinking and action in family-centered services. Family Process, 50, 529–543.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  5. Madsen, W. C. (2014). Applications of collaborative helping maps: Supporting professional development, supervision and work teams in family-centered practice. Family Process, 51(1), 3–21.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Madsen, W. C. (2016). Narrative approaches to organizational development: A case study of implementation of collaborative helping. Family Process, 55(2), 253–269.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  7. Madsen, W. C., & Gillespie, K. (2014). Collaborative helping: A strengths framework for home-based services. New York: Wiley.Google Scholar
  8. Root, E. A., & Madsen, W. C. (2013). Imagine: Bringing vision into child protective services. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 32(3), 76–91.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. White, M., & Epston, D. (1990). Narrative means to therapeutic ends. New York: Norton.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Family-Centered Services ProjectWatertownUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Margarita Tarragona
    • 1
  1. 1.PositivaMente & Grupo Campos ElíseosMexico CityMexico