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In November 2012, the Department of Family Studies welcomed Professor Claire Rabin who came to Malta in connection with her book on Good Enough Couples Therapy (to be published by Routledge in 2013). This book has taken her to different cities including Vancouver, London and Istanbul to interview couple therapists on what they think 'good enough' is about when applied to couples therapy.

About Professor Claire Rabinclairespicture_-_amended   

Professor Claire Rabin has taught at Tel Aviv University School of Social Work since 1979. In 2000 she retired from full time teaching but stayed on to direct and teach in the continuing education program she started 12 years ago in family and couples therapy training. Over the decades she taught courses in cognitive behaviour therapy, feminist family therapy, narrative therapy and Internal Family Therapy. Her work for the university led to establishing a university clinic for low SES population of Tel Aviv, a joint project of the Municipality of Tel Aviv and the University.

She directed this clinic for 13 years alongside the clinical staff, developing programs for the specific populations of the poorer areas. For example, to reach the Arab population the university clinic developed psycho-educational group work methods more suitable culturally. In the course of her career she wrote 10 books, mostly in Hebrew but also in English. Her interest in feminist family therapy led to a popular book written in 1996 and sold extensively until today (Rabin, C. Equal Partners=Good Friends, Routledge. Currently she developed a clinic with 9 couples therapists (see She also has taken up painting and had her first solo exhibit this year.

Professor Rabin's Research 

Claire’s research has been focused on equality in marriage and the variables connected to the ability of couples to have an equal partnership. She has supervised many doctoral students and together published many articles on the topic of marriage and specifically finding that equality is related to high differentiation of self, assertiveness, altruism in children, and marital satisfaction. Her next book called Good Enough Couples Therapy (to be published by Routledge in 2013) is based on Winnicott’s idea of good enough mothering and is backed up by cross cultural interview studies of what couples therapists internationally think good enough is about when applied to couples therapy.



Last Updated: 4 November 2014

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