Perhaps no single issue is of greater importance for families in Western culture than marital conflict. When couples fail to successfully negotiate the emotional difficulties of their relationship, it can lead to years of unhappiness within the marriage, or the end of the marriage. Unhappy couples negatively affect their families and even their communities.
Ronald W. Richardson describes the nature of the emotional process leading to marital difficulties and how a minister or counselor can be a resource to help couples in conflict. The minister/counselor will be able to help them improve their lives personally, as well as their relationship and family life. By extension, couples will also develop skills that will improve their work life and their life in the community. The book provides practical and specific approaches to helping these couples and the issues that a minister must deal with in order to be useful to them.
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Ronald W. Richardson is former clinical director of the North Shore Counseling Center, pastoral counselor, author of many books on family systems theory, and is currently a retired pastor living in West Vancouver, BC, Canada. Richardson attended UCLA where he received his BA in English Literature in 1962. He then went on to Princeton Theological Seminary and received his MD in Biblical Studies in 1966. Later, he finished his studies at Colgate/Rochester Divinity School receiving his Doctorate in 1976. Richardson is author of Family Ties That Bind: A Self-Help Guide to Change through Family of Origin Therapy, Birth Order and You: How Your Sex and Position in the Family Affect Your Personality and Relationships, and Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems Theory, Leadership, and Congregational Life.