CoupleCare: Couple Commitment and Relationship Enhancement (Ed II) Couple Guidebook

W. Kim Halford

The University of Queensland

This book is designed for couples undertaking the CoupleCARE relationship enhancement program that has helped tens of thousands of couples build stronger and more satisfying relationships since 2006. To be used with the accompanying second edition CoupleCARE Video Guide (ISBN 9781922117908), this guidebook contains six chapters in which to record and practice what you have learned with your partner with telephone, online chat, or video call support from a professional relationship educator, counsellor or therapist. With the support of the CoupleCARE program both of you will develop key strategies and practical skills to enrich and strengthen your relationship for now and into the future. 

For further information about the CoupleCARE program go to



                               Educator's Manual                          Video Guide

About the Author

Dr. W. Kim Halford is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, a position he has held since 2009. From 1995 to 2008 he was Professor of Clinical Psychology at Griffith University, which is also in Brisbane, Australia. He still holds an Honorary Professorship at Griffith University. Before that Kim held a conjoint position as Chief Psychologist at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and Reader in Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland. Kim completed a PhD in clinical psychology at La Trobe University in 1979, and is a registered psychologist in Australia, with specialist endorsement as a clinical psychologist. Kim has been active in research and practice of relationship education and couple therapy for 30 years, and is an internationally known expert on couple relationships. He has held visiting Professorial appointments at the University of Oregon and University of North Carolina in the United States; the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom; the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, China; the University of Zurich in Switzerland; and the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands. Kim has written seven books and over 180 research articles, most of which are on couple relationships. He maintains an active psychological practice working with couples.

Table of Contents

Welcome to CoupleCARE
About the Author
What does CoupleCARE involve?

Unit 1 Self-Change
  • Overview
  • Expectations
  • Developing a Relationship Vision
  • Self-Change
  • A Few Ideas on the Different Ways People Learn
Unit 2 Communication
  • Overview
  • What is good communication?
  • How am I communicating now?
  • Self-Disclosure and Emotional Bids
  • Improving my communication
Unit 3 Intimacy and Caring
  • Overview
  • Showing Caring
  • Balancing Time Use
  • Celebrate Your Relationship
Unit 4 Managing Differences
  • Overview
  • How do we currently manage our differences?
  • Assessing and Improving Your Conflict Management
  • Getting Back to Normal After a Conflict
Unit 5 Sexual Intimacy
  • Overview
  • Early Learning About Sex
  • Common Myths About Sex
  • Talking About Sex
  • Keeping Sex Satisfying
Unit 6 Looking Ahead
  • Overview
  • Giving Support
  • Managing Change
  • Early Warning Signs of Losing the Relationship Focus
  • Maintaining a Relationship Focus