ERIC Number: EJ824261
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
An Invitation to between-Session Change: The Use of Therapeutic Letters in Couples and Family Counseling
Kindsvatter, Aaron; Nelson, Jill R.; Desmond, Kimberly J.
Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, v17 n1 p32-38 2009
Therapeutic letters (i.e., brief therapeutic messages that are sent to clients between counseling sessions) have been used since the days of Freud and have been shown to have beneficial therapeutic impacts. This article describes the use of therapeutic letters in couples and family counseling. The use of three types of therapeutic letter (letters of alliance, intensity, and meaning) are discussed. Ethical and legal issues pertaining to privacy and recommended practices for addressing such issues are reviewed.
Descriptors: Counseling Techniques, Legal Problems, Family Counseling, Therapy, Case Studies, Letters (Correspondence), Ethics, Family Violence
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