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Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling -- A Guide to Brief Therapy
by Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Ph.D.
© 1999.
(InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, IL). All rights reserved (311 pages).[Answer 14 of 20 questions correctly to receive
13 hours of Continuing Education credit.] 

Chapter 1: Brief Marital Counseling (p 17-27)
1. The success rate for marital counseling is better if
a. only one partner seeks counseling.
b. each partner goes to separate counselors.
c. the couple is counseled together.
d. the couple is counseled separately by the same counselor.

Chapter 2: Bird’s-Eye View of Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling (p 28-44)

2. “Waitpower” is
a. having good communication skills.
b. having strong motivation.
c. persevering with God’s help even when change is not happening.
d. knowing how to solve a marital problem.

Chapter 3: Using the Strategy to Promote Hope (p 45-58)
3. In the author’s view, the primary cause of marital problems is
a. a loss of love.
b. financial problems.
c. parenting struggles.
d. job stress.

4. Marital researcher John Gottman has determined that marriages suffer drastically when the ratio of positive to negative interactions drops below
a. fifty-fifty.
b. five positives to one negative.
c. three positives to one negative.
d. two positives to one negative.

5. To help reduce resistance, the author encourages counselors to
a. pursue a client who is an emotional distancer.
b. interpret clients’ motives.
c. use paradoxical directives.
d. use statements which presuppose hopeful outcomes.

Chapter 5: Precounseling Interventions (p 75-83)
6. In Table 5.2, the author’s pamphlet describing hope-focused marriage counseling, he advises the couple to do all of the following EXCEPT
a. regain a willingness to work on the marriage.
b. help your partner change his/her behavior.
c. focus on the good things and temporarily ignore the failures.
d. increase efforts to value one another.

Chapter 6: Assessment Interventions (p 84-100)
7. According to Table 6.3, which of the following decreases the likelihood of successful marriage counseling?
a. a couple who has children in the home.
b. a couple who has been married for a long time.
c. a couple who has a 5:1 ratio of positive to negative interactions.
d. a couple who seeks insight rather than behavioral change.

Chapter 7: Interventions for Drawing on Central Values (p 101-110)
8. When a husband sided with his parents against his wife, the author
a. told the husband he was wrong in his decision.
b. told the wife she was right in her decision.
c. helped them work out a compromise solution.
d. skillfully helped the husband consider a principle from Genesis 2:24.

9. The author asks his clients to work on their marriage for
a. one month.
b. one day each week.
c. five hours per week for 8 weeks.
d. one year.

Chapter 8: Interventions for Revisioning a Core Vision (p 111-127)
10. Which factor does NOT predict a long-term successful marriage?
a. attending church together
b. having a sense of humor
c. self-sacrifice
d. having more closeness than other couples

Chapter 9: Interventions for Promoting Confession and
Forgiveness (p 128-146)
11. In “Stories to Help People Empathize,” (Intervention 9-5) Corrie ten Boom forgave a concentration camp guard because
a. she felt it was her Christian duty.
b. she felt sympathy for him.
c. she recognized her own capacity for rage and anger.
d. it happened in public and people were watching to see what she would do.

Chapter 10: Interventions for Strengthening Communication
(p 147-167)

Leveling should be used
a. during heated arguments.
b. when one spouse feels isolated from the other.
c. to achieve a more egalitarian marriage.
d. by a verbally aggressive spouse.

13. According to psychologist Carole Tavris, expressing strong feelings
a. multiplies them.
b. keeps them from building up.
c. helps us to calm down.
d. is passionate communication.

Chapter 11: Interventions for Aiding Conflict Resolution (p 168-194)
14. A husband says to his wife, “During the last two weeks you have raised your voice, argued loudly, or criticized me four times.” The husband is
a. being too negative.
b. being overly sensitive.
c. stating the problem clearly.
d. devaluing his wife.

15. If a couple had a severe argument during the previous week, the counselor should
a. focus more on the beginning of the argument instead of the end.
b. find out how the argument got out of control.
c. assess the need for forgiveness and reconciliation.
d. all of the above.

Chapter 12: Interventions for Changing Cognition (p 195-212)
16. The cognitive paradigm states that _______ causes one’s feelings and behavior.
a. the way a person thinks
b. external events and circumstances
c. other people
d. strong impulses and desires

Chapter 13: Interventions for Stimulating More Closeness
(p 213-237)
17. In a marriage where one partner is a pursuer and the other a distancer, a counselor can promote intimacy by
a. giving homework assignments known to both partners.
b. strongly urging the distancer toward more intimacy.
c. helping each partner to feel valued by the other.
d. concentrate on changing the distancer.

18. The foundation technique for most sex therapy is
a. cognitive-behavioral exercises.
b. communication exercises.
c. empathy exercises.
d. sensate focus exercises.

Chapter 14: Interventions for Cementing Commitment (p 238-251)
19. Which is TRUE?
a. Divorce puts an end to a partner’s pain and suffering.
b. Divorce puts an end to a partner’s conflict with a spouse.
c. Divorce is associated with poorer physical health.
d. People usually remarry someone with fewer negative qualities than the ex-spouse.
e. Statistically, remarriage after a divorce reduces the occurrence of another divorce.

Chapter 16: Essentials of Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling
(p 260-267)
20. Which is NOT part of the author’s 12 essential components of hope-focused marriage counseling?
a. using written assignments.
b. taking a family history of the major problems.
c. focusing each session on a single theme.
d. assigning homework at the end of each session.