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Individual Treatment for a Latino Partner Abusive Man: A Case Study

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This case study examines the individual treatment of a 35-year-old Latino man of Mexican descent, living in Southern California at the time of his therapy. The primary treatment goal for this client was the eradication of violent and abusive behavior to his wife of 13 years, from whom he was divorced in the course of our work together, and to improve his self-knowledge and relationship skills for future intimate relationships. A secondary goal was to help him guide his children through the pain of the divorce and to establish a closer relationship with them. Using the treatment model Sin Golpes (Welland & Wexler, 2007), based on self-psychology and cognitive behavioral theories, our work focused on psychoeducation regarding partner abuse and human rights; self-management strategies; awareness of the connection between negative cognitions, anger, and abuse; exploration and transformation of gender roles, parenting skills, relationship skills, and the integration of spiritual teachings; and prevention of future violence. The client made significant progress and has not relapsed into partner violence in the past 5 years.
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Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: October 1, 2011

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