Homework Assignments in Therapy

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SAGE Publications

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The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling

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Couples and families seek therapy in order to address issues affecting their relationship with each other. With the help of the therapist, they come up with ways to effectively cope with stressors and learn new behaviors. One of the important factors in enhancing this change process is the integration of homework assignments, which are completed between sessions and discussed in therapy sessions with the therapist. Homework assignments involve completing behavioral and cognitive tasks prescribed by the therapist to cooperative couples and families. These tasks should be closely connected with the session content, connect to therapeutic goals, and be created in collaboration with the client. Therapists should be familiar with different assignments and determine appropriateness for clients. Assignments, which act as a guide in the therapeutic ...


"Homework Assignments in Therapy," in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling, edited by Jon Carlson and Shannon B. Dermer. Thousand Oaks, California : SAGE Publications, Inc., [2017]. DOI.