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Christian Marital Counseling: Eight Approaches to Helping Couples
edited by Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Ph.D.
© 1996.
(Baker Books: Grand Rapids, MI). All rights reserved.
[Answer 14 of 20 questions correctly to receive
10 hours of Continuing Education credit.]

Chapter 1: Psychodynamic Marriage Counseling with Christians
(p 19-38)

1. Dennis Guernsey’s restatement of the wedding vows includes the phrase: “I take you to be my lawfully wedded spouse with the full knowledge that _______.”
a. our faith in Christ will sustain us.
b. our love for one another is a gift from God.
c. nobody is perfect.
d. you are weak as I am weak.

2. The “marriage conference” is a marital communication tool which
a. emphasizes the importance of body language.
b. requires a timer set for ten-minute intervals.
c. encourages the couple to do something together immediately after talking.
d. requires husband and wife to face in opposite directions.

Chapter 2: Teaching Couples to Fall in Love (p 39-61)
3. Willard Harley helps couples restore
a. commitment.
b. faith in God.
c. romantic love.
d. communication.

4. Harley recommends that couples spend ___ every week giving each other undivided attention.
a. one evening
b. 3 hours
c. 10 hours
d. 15 hours

5. Harley’s style of counseling includes
a. teaching habits of thoughtfulness.
b. allowing the couple to argue in the sessions.
c. focusing on the subject of communication.
d. letting the husband and wife air their complaints.

Chapter 3: Foundational Understandings in Marriage Counseling (p 63-85)
6. According to Donald Joy, the most frequent presenting problem in marriage counseling is
a. financial stress.
b. sexual intimacy dysfunction.
c. parenting difficulties.
d. infidelity.

7. Donald Joy suggests that a husband’s masturbatory pattern is
a. an indication of him being “oversexed.”
b. a threat to young sons.
c. often the result of his production of 300 million sperm every few days.
d. an acceptable reason for a wife to resist frequent sexual intimacy.

8. Donald Joy told Art that his profane outbursts toward Pam were fueled by Art’s
a. shameful feelings of inadequacy.
b. sexual immorality.
c. abusive upbringing.
d. rigid legalism.

Chapter 4: Couple Communication (p 87-108)
9. A unique feature of couple Communication is the use of
a. journaling.
b. video training.
c. role-playing.
d. skill mats.

Chapter 5: Relationship Development (p 109-133)
10. Les and Leslie Parrott believe that the goal of marriage counseling is to increase
a. autonomy.
b. fusion.
c. self-differentiation.
d. dependency.

Chapter 6: Christian PREP (p 135-158)
11. PREP teaches couples how to manage
a. money.
b. conflict.
c. time.
d. children.

12. Couples participating in PREP have
a. lower rates of breakup.
b. lower negative interactional styles.
c. lower incidence of physical aggression.
d. all of the above.

Chapter 7: Marriage Counseling (p 159-185)
13. The three-fold foundation of this author’s view of marriage is
a. faith, hope, love.
b. faith, work, love.
c. faith, discipline, love.
d. faith, wisdom, love.

14. With emotional distancer--pursuer couples, the author uses an intervention called
a. “date night.”
b. “sealed orders.”
c. “time alone.”
d. “shared goals.”

Chapter 8: Marital Counseling (p 187-210)
15. H. Norman Wright believes that ___ percent improvement each week is rapid change and growth for a married couple in marriage counseling.
a. 3
b. 5
c. 7
d. 9

16. When extramarital involvement has occurred, Wright highly recommends the following book:
a. Divorce Busting by Michelle Weiner-Davis
b. Love Life by Ed Wheat
c. Torn Asunder by Dave Carder.
d. Broken Promises by Henry Virkler.

17. To help rebuild emotional intimacy, Wright uses the ____ analysis.
a. temperament
b. parental history
c. courtship
d. needs

Chapter 9: Exploring Christian marriage Counseling (p 211-240)
18. Married partners who give of themselves regardless of the response of their spouses are following the Christian theme of
a. the imago dei.
b. the suffering martyr.
c. marriage as a contract.
d. marriage as a covenant.

19. All the counselors presented in this book expressed the desire to extend their theories to larger audiences through
a. television.
b. radio.
c. books.
d. research.

20. Which best describes the “dialogue style” of most of the therapists in this book?
a. directive (working toward a goal)
b. interpretive (reforming client’s words)
c. reflective (paraphrasing client’s words)
d. none of the above.