Divorce and Loss

Helping Adults and Children Mourn When a Marriage Comes Apart

By (author) Joshua Ehrlich

Publication date:

15 May 2014

Length of book:

186 pages


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781442231818

Divorce and Loss: Helping Adults and Children Mourn When a Marriage Comes Apart places loss and mourning at the center of the divorce experience and details how therapists can facilitate mourning through individual therapy and through interventions with parents. The book offers detailed clinical vignettes to illuminate family members’ reactions to divorce and to highlight interventions. Ehrlich also explores how failures of mourning in response to divorce create difficulties for people, including bitter, high-conflict divorces. He examines how therapists can intervene more effectively with difficult divorces and avoid ethical and clinical pitfalls. In addition, the book examines the very strong feelings that divorce elicits in therapists and how to deal with these constructively.

Ehrlich successfully constructs a bridge between the two literatures of divorce and child custody. . . .His potential to reach parents, clinicians, and legal professionals with this book and through his clinical work is vast. Written in a highly readable and accessible style, unencumbered by excessive jargon, this practical book offers lucid headings, clinical vignettes, and not a little wisdom. It can inform legal and mental health professionals about the unconscious processes displayed in their offices and courtrooms with knowledge that can significantly affect their assessments, recommendations, and decisions.