Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

Living Edition
| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Relationship Enhancement® Enrichment Program

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_373-1

Name of Model

Relationship Enhancement® Enrichment Program


Relationship Enhancement® (RE; Guerney 1977) is a family therapy with underpinnings from specific theoretical orientations that equally inform the therapy. These theories include Carl Rogers’s client-centered, Bandura’s social learning, Skinner’s operant conditioning, Sullivan’s interpersonal, and psychodynamic approaches to psychotherapy (Scuka 2005). In addition, the therapy integrates family systems and communications theory (Ginsberg 2004). RE’s cornerstones are heavily influenced by Carl Rogers and consist of human emotion, the essence of healing, and empathy, the key therapeutic tool for accessing feelings and affecting client healing and change (Scuka 2005). A core feature of RE therapy is its psychoeducational model of family change that helps individuals learn skills to solve their own problems. RE promotes authentic empowerment from an educational model, rather than focusing on pathology from a medical...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Alaska Counseling & Consulting, LLCWasillaUSA
  2. 2.University of Alaska FairbanksFairbanksUSA
  3. 3.Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center, Inc.International Institute for Animal Assisted Play TherapyBoiling SpringsUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Heather Pederson
    • 1
  • Diana Semmelhack
    • 2
  1. 1.Council for RelationshipsPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Midwestern UniversityDowners GroveUSA