Group Counseling of Marital Partners by Joint Therapists

By Murray Waltuck

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Spring 1961

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.

Topic: Methodology, Social Work, Family

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 37/No.2

Page Number(s): 228-235

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
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: 228-235.


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