ERIC Number: ED275976
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Therapeutic Tactics in the Treatment of Marital Violence.
Brown, George S.; Brown, Joanne L.
This paper describes a set of therapeutic tactics employed in the treatment of court-ordered spouse abusers at a community-based counseling center. The introduction states that the term therapeutic tactics was chosen to describe a class of interventions which are closer in nature to strategic ploys used in a contest rather than collaborative techniques traditionally employed by psychotherapists. A program description includes discussions of referral sources, treatment modalities, treatment goals, and a description of clients. The therapeutic tactics used (which are also known as paradoxical, strategic, or therapeutic double binds) are described in detail in these sections: (1) opening game; (2) establishing the parameters of treatment; (3) redirecting the client's energy; (4) protecting the client's self-esteem; (5) middle game; (6) fostering closeness and intimacy; (7) minimizing the demoralizing aspects of recurring conflict; (8) introducing new skills and behaviors; (9) minimizing the fear of failure; and (10) end game. It is stated in conclusion that these tactics are only one aspect of a treatment program that employs a variety of more traditional techniques and that these tactics enhance the effects of other interventions. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (94th, Washington, DC, August 22-26, 1986).