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by Michele Harway & Marsali Hansen
by Michele Harway & Marsali Hansen

Spouse Abuse: Assessing & Treating Battered Women, Batterers, & Their Children (Second Edition)

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• 2004  112pp paperback   ISBN: 9781568870854

The first edition of this book was praised for the wealth of practical information and concrete suggestions it provided regarding the assessment and treatment of battered intimate partners, batterers, children who witness abuse, and couples who engage in violent interactions.

The revised second edition presents important findings from the ever expanding base of empirical data on abusive relationships, includes updated prevalence information, and describes new techniques for working with this population. Includes assessment checklists, a violence knowledge self-quiz, and numerous other resources of great value to practitioners.

"Domestic violence is at epidemic levels in our society, afflicting between 4 and 8 million couples per year.  The second edition of Harway and Hansen's Spouse Abuse: Assessing & Treating Battered Women, Batterers, & Their Children is an invaluable resource on this most serious problem.  It is a highly readable volume which brings together the most up-to-date research and clinical expertise on the assessment and treatment of domestic violence.  Highly recommended for professionals and students alike!"
     -Ronald F. Levant
, EdD, ABPP,
113th President of the American Psychological Association; Co-Editor, A New Psychology of Men; Dean and Professor, Nova Southeastern University

"With increased public awareness of spousal abuse and its consequences, this book provides critical information for mental health professionals which will enhance their work with victims, batterers, and families."
     -Dorothy W. Cantor, PsyD, 105th President of the American Psychological Association,Co-Author of Finding Your Voice - A Woman's Guide to Using Self Talk for Fulfilling Relationships, Work, and Life

Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition

    1. What Kinds of Families Are Violent?

How Common Is Violence in the Family?
How Serious Is Spousal Abuse?
Context Within Which Battering Occurs
Who Seeks Treatment?
Working With Families Experiencing Spousal Abuse
    Case Example 1: Susan and George
    2. How Much Do You Know About Spousal Abuse?
Self-Quiz Answers
Detailed Answers
    3. Assessment of Spouse Abuse
Assessing the Woman for Spouse Abuse
    Does Spouse Abuse Exist?

    How Dangerous Is the Violence?

    How Severely Affected Is the Client?

Assessing the Batterer for Spouse Abuse
Assessing a Couple for Violence

Assessing Children for the Effects of Spousal Abuse

    Exploration of Factors

    Impact on Development

    Emotional Disturbances

A Last Word on Assessment
    4. Treatment of Spouse Abuse
The Individual Woman
    Crisis Intervention

    Short-Term Counseling

    Long-Term Counseling

    Establishing Goals in Working with Battered Women

Therapy for the Batterer
    Crisis Intervention

    Short-Term and Long-Term Counseling

Therapy with the Couple
    Beginning Couple's Therapy: Treatment Goals

    Later Therapy: Treatment Goals

Therapy with Children
    Individual Treatment Approaches

    Group Therapy Approaches

    Parent/Child Interventions

    5. A Final Word on Spouse Abuse

Subject Index

CE Program

A supplemental 6-credit, 60 question continuing education program is available for this book.  To order the complete program (this book and CE test module, or test module alone if you already have access to this book), go to: Spouse Abuse: Assessing & Treating Battered Women, Batterers, & Their Children (Second Edition) - CE Program (6 Credits)

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About the Authors

Michele Harway, PhD, ABPP, is on the Core Faculty at Antioch University, Santa Barbara, on the Consulting Faculty at the Fielding Graduate Institute, and in clinical practice in Westlake Village, California.  Dr. Harway is the author or editor of seven books in the areas of domestic violence, family psychology, and women's development.  She is a fellow of several American Psychological Association divisions and is board certified (ABPP) in family psychology.  Dr. Harway is a past president of the APA Division of Family Psychology and past treasurer of the Division on Men and Masculinity.

Marsali Hansen
, PhD, ABPP, is the Director of the Pennsylvania CASSP Training and Technical Assistance Institute, a statewide program for improving the clinical skills of professionals who work with children with mental health needs.  The Institute is part of Pennsylvania State University where she also teaches courses in the psychology department.  Dr. Hansen is a licensed psychologist and is board certified (ABPP) in family psychology.  She is author of numerous publications and presentations on family violence and children's mental health systems.

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