The framework presented by Dr. Chambers is a four-session evaluation that includes an initial conjoint session in order to understand the couple's relationship problems followed by separate sessions in order to understand each person's individual and family of origin histories (Chambers, 2012; Chambers, 2008; Fishel, 2000; Karpel, 1994). The evaluation concludes with the therapist providing feedback to the couple that is used to establish a working alliance. Although the notion of routinely meeting with each member of the couple separately as part of an evaluation is not new (e.g., Emery, 2002), the purpose of this presentation is to describe this procedure in enough detail that participants will be able to teach this model to their trainees and/or be able to replicate this model for use in their own practice with couples.
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Dr. Anthony Chambers has a passion for strengthening and nurturing relationships. Dr. Chambers is the Director of the Postgraduate Fellowship Program in Marriage and Family Therapy, the Director of the Couples Therapy Program, and a Staff Licensed Clinical Psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. He is also on the Core Faculty member of the Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program at Northwestern University and an assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology. He teaches an innovative program called “Marriage 101” to undergraduate students. The course identifies how to select a mate, the intricacies of intimate relationships, and how to prevent common relationship problems.
Dr. Chambers has authored several articles that have been published in Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and Family Relations delineating the unique factors that contribute to the high divorce rate and the disproportionately low marriage rate among African-American couples. He has also lectured and published articles on interracial couples, premarital couples counseling, and the transition to marriage. Dr. Chambers also reviews manuscripts for publications including the Journal of Marriage and Family and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. He also serves on the editorial boards for academic journals which include Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice and Family Process.
For more information about Dr. Chambers and his work, please visit www.family-institute.org