Divorce and Loss: Helping Adults and Children Mourn When a Marriage Comes Apart offers a coherent theoretical framework for understanding divorce. Arguing that the experience of loss lies at the center of divorce for children and adults, Joshua Ehrlich proposes methods in which therapists can facilitate mourning through individual therapy. Ehrlich also utilizes a developmental framework that examines the different needs of children at various ages, including the often vexing challenges posed by distressed adolescents. Divorce and Loss ultimately provides the therapist with concrete and abstract "structural interventions" meant to assist parents and children through their feelings surrounding divorce.
TABLE OF CONTENTS Acknowledgments Introduction PART I: DIVORCE AND MOURNING: CHALLENGES FOR CHILDREN AND PARENTS Chapter 1: The Losses in Divorce Chapter 2: Mourning Chapter 3: Failures of Mourning Chapter 4: Breakdowns in Connection Between Parents and Children Around Divorce Chapter 5: Entanglement with the Ex-Spouse: Its Impact on Children Chapter 6: The Effects on Adolescents of Parents' Difficulties Navigating Divorce PART II: INTERVENING: HOW THERAPISTS CAN FACILITATE MOURNING Chapter 7: Bearing Feelings, Facilitating Mourning Chapter 8: Working with Parents Together to Help Children Chapter 9: Helping Parents Bridge the Divide with their Children Chapter 10: Working with the High-Conflict Divorce Chapter 11: Individual Therapy with Children and Adolescents Dealing with Divorce Chapter 12: Individual Therapy with Adults References About the Author