Though generally group counseling of married couples involves separating the spouses, the Jewish Family Service of New York attempted a group counseling session including several pairs of spouses. It is likely that the presence of a spouse resulted in some reticence to share deep truths, and many of the conversations focused on day-to-day living rather than background causations. Nevertheless, the author shows through three case examples that this couples-only group session provided multiple advantages that outweighed its challenges. Couples were able to learn from other couples and examine their marriage, not only their individual personalities; as well, the two group leaders, male and female, had more freedom to respond to clients as individuals while providing a healthy model of interaction. Ultimately, spouses gained all the usual advantages of a counseling group in addition to growing and improving as a couple.
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Waltuck, Murray. Group Counseling of Marital Partners by Joint Therapists. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1961: