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The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling

Four Volume Set
Edited by:
  • Jon Carlson - Lake Geneva Wellness Clinic, Lake Geneva, WI, Adler University, Chicago, Governors State University, University Park, IL, USA
  • Shannon B. Dermer - Governors State University, USA

December 2016 | 2 008 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family and Couples Counseling is a new, all-encompassing, landmark work for researchers seeking to broaden their knowledge of this vast and diffuse field.


Marriage and family counseling programs are established at institutions worldwide, yet there is no current work focused specifically on family therapy. While other works have discussed various methodologies, cases, niche aspects of the field and some broader views of counseling in general, this authoritative Encyclopedia provides readers with a fully comprehensive and accessible reference to aid in understanding the full scope and diversity of theories, approaches and techniques and how they address various life events within the unique dynamics of families, couples and related interpersonal relationships.


Key topics include:

  • Assessment
  • Communication
  • Coping
  • Diversity
  • Interventions and Techniques
  • Life Events/Transitions
  • Sexuality
  • Work/Life Issues, and more



Key features include:

  • More than 500 signed articles written by key figures in the field span four comprehensive volumes
  • Front matter includes a Reader’s Guide that groups related entries thematically
  • Back matter includes  a Chronology on the development of the field, a Resource Guide to key associations, websites, journals, and classic publications, a full Bibliography and a detailed Index
  • All entries conclude with References/Further Readings and Cross References to related entries to aid the reader in their research journey


Rebecca M. Goldberg
Communication Errors/Problems in Couples and Families
Rebecca M. Goldberg
Gottman Method Couple Therapy
Rebecca M. Goldberg
Nonverbal Communication

This four-volume set provides authoritative and comprehensive coverage of the history, theories, therapeutic approaches, clinical techniques, and important people in the field of marriage and family counseling...The articles are clear and concise and would be an excellent starting point for undergraduate research. This work would both update and complement the International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family, especially by providing a focus on current clinical diagnoses and therapies in the field.—Theresa Muraski

T. Muraski

This sweeping, authoritative encyclopedia edited by Carlson (Adler Univ.) and Dermer (Governors State Univ.) brings together a broad range of concepts and disciplinary literature from the fields of social work, psychology, counseling, and marriage and family therapy. The four-volume set contains more than 500 alphabetically arranged, signed entries by nearly 400 experts in the field, each offering references to further readings. All of the volumes contain a comprehensive alphabetical list of entries and a reader's guide with entries arranged by subject...The uniqueness, range, and scope of the subject matter set this reference work apart from others...This encyclopedia is a must-have for academic libraries with marriage, family, and couples-counseling programs. 

Summing Up: Highly recommended. Beginning students through researchers/faculty; practicing professionals.

N. Nero

"This set meets the goal set by Carlson and Dermer to “accurately tell the complete story of working with couples, family, and marriage therapy.” However, most of the articles offer little more depth than a general social sciences encyclopedia. The liberal use of jargon and acronyms presume a counseling background in readers.
Verdict Most beneficial as part of a professional collection for counselors, graduate counseling students, or advanced undergraduate students majoring in counseling."
Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX

Laurie Selwyn
Library Journal

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family and Couples Counseling is a comprehensive and authoritative reference that succeeds in bridging the gap and serving multiple audiences. It offers students, researchers and practitioners scholarly coverage and useful insights into a field of study that covers complex issues and draws from a number of academic disciplines. Most academic libraries that support courses in counseling, family studies, and social work will do well to give it serious consideration. 
-Tom Gilson

T. Gilson
Against The Grain

"This encyclopedia will be most useful in providing background information on marriage, family and couples counselling...Further readings, included for each entry, and the listings of relevant organizations and publications located in the Back Matter section are most helpful in providing additional resources on the topic that will lead to research-level content."

Barbara J. Mann
Head Librarian, Reese Library, Augusta University
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