Item description for How to Counsel a Couple in 6 Sessions or Less: Their Marriage Is Meant to Last Forever, Not Their Counseling by H. Norman Wright...
Overview Addressing major marital issues, this highly practical resource for pastors can be used with "The Marriage Checkup Questionnaire" or as a stand alone tool for quickly diagnosing problems and referring couples to a professional.
Publishers Description "How to Counsel a Couple in 6 Sessions or Less" makes it easier to counsel couples over a brief period of time, but also addresses major marital issues of communication, family issues, decision making and more. This highly practical resource for pastors - or anyne in ministry - can be used with "The Marriage Checkup Questionnaire" or as a stand alone tool for quickly diagnosing problems and referring couples to a professional, as necessary.
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H. Norman Wright is a well-respected Christian counselor who has helped thousands of people improve their relationships and deal with grief, tragedy, and other concerns. He helps couples bring vibrancy to their relationships through counseling, seminars, and more than 90 books, including Before You Say "I Do"and After You Say "I Do." Norm also reveals insights for spiritual growth, great relationships, and success in devotionals that include Strong to the Core, Quiet Times for Every Parent, and Truly Devoted What Dogs Teach Us About Life, Love, and Loyalty. Norm and his wife, Tess, enjoy their children, grandchildren, various pets, and fishing. www.hnormanwright.com"
H. Norman Wright currently resides in Long Beach, in the state of California.
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Reviews - What do customers think about How To Counsel A Couple In 6 Lessons Or Less?
should specify Christian.... Mar 5, 2007
This book was somewhat useful, though I might turn more often to the practical aspects of the questionnaire itself, as I didn't feel it offered much that was new. I do think that on the cover it should somewhere specify that it's directed toward those doing PASTORAL counseling, by and large. I am unlikely, for example, to ask my clients to pray with me, and even more unlikely to include the questionnaire item: "Do you have a personal faith in Jesus Christ?" Can't imagine why this wasn't written more inclusively. It would be fine with me to ask: "Tell me about your spiritual beliefs."
A Simple Guide for Counselors Feb 9, 2007
Anyone truly serious about marriage counseling is always looking for effective tools to use to get a couple from where they are to where they should be. HOW TO COUNSEL A COUPLE IN 6 SESSIONS OR LESS by H. Norman Wright is just such a tool. Psychologists and Ministers often find themselves without the luxury of having a long-term program to work with. When we are approached by a couple in need of counseling, often the marriage is in a state of dire straits and we may have a few weeks, or even days, to try to salvage the marriage. This book was designed for just such a "crash course" style of counseling.
From the first session of focusing the couple on changing how they think by first changing their behavior, through the final session dedicated to resolving anger issues, Wright gives a detailed, albeit brief, instruction on where the session focus should be for the fastest results. I believe every person who counsels couples has found certain things that work well for them and certain things that do not. I don't believe this will replace a counselors current methods, but will certainly lend some new ideas that you might want to experiment with.
Wright writes well and his text is easy to disseminate and digest. The one complaint I do have about this book is that Wright uses it to set the stage to sell other volumes he has written. Sometimes the lines become blurred between where the instruction ends and the salesmanship begins. The book does clearly state on the cover that it is to be used in conjunction with Wrights "Marriage Checkup Questionnaire", so I can't complain about that one, but why not just combine the two books into one volume? Anyway, maybe I'm being picky here, but I'm always put off when reading a book that instructs me to buy other books by the same author.
Overall, I found this to be a quick and easy read that provided some good ideas for future use. In a counselors efforts to seek new ideas and continue their on-going training, this is a good addition.