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Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT) as a third-wave therapy

Jorge Barraca Mairal

Universidad Camilo José Cela

Background: This article presents a description of the Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT), and puts forwards its contributions, its techniques and progress, the research data on its usefulness compared to traditional behavioral couple therapy, and explains basically its articulation in third-wave behavior therapies using the concepts of functionality, rule-governed/contingency-shaped behavior and acceptance. Method: A theoretical review of the main IBCT bibliography was carried out. Results: The review shows that this intervention model includes innovative intervention strategies (to promote acceptance and tolerance) that join the already well-known behavioral couple therapy techniques (behavior exchange, communication training and couple problem solving), substantially modifying the therapy. Furthermore, it incorporates useful orientation for especially difficult problems in couples (such as infidelity and substance use, abuse and dependence situations). Conclusions: After this analysis, IBCT is revealed as a new intervention, the scope of which is still spreading among professionals. The acceptance concept, one of the core elements of third-wave therapies, has been fruitfully included in behavioral couple therapy through the IBCT.

La Terapia Integral Conductual de Pareja (TICP) como terapia de tercera generación. Antecedentes: este artículo presenta una descripción de la Terapia Integral Conductual de Pareja (TICP); se enumeran sus aportaciones, sus técnicas y su curso; se ofrecen datos de investigación respecto a su utilidad comparada con la terapia de pareja conductual tradicional y se explica su articulación en las terapias de tercera generación a través de los conceptos de funcionalidad, aceptación y conducta gobernada por reglas/moldeada por contingencias. Método: se efectuó una revisión teórica en la bibliografía más importante de la TICP. Resultados: la revisión ha revelado que este modelo de intervención incluye novedosas estrategias de intervención (para el fomento de la aceptación y la tolerancia) que se unen a las ya conocidas de la terapia de pareja conductual (intercambio de reforzadores, entrenamientos en comunicación y resolución de problemas), de forma que modifica sustantivamente la terapia; además, incorpora orientaciones útiles para problemas especialmente difíciles de las parejas (como infidelidades y situaciones de consumo de sustancias, maltrato y dependencia). Conclusiones: la TICP se presenta como una intervención nueva y cuyo alcance está aún por divulgarse. El concepto de aceptación, uno de los elementos nucleares de la tercera generación, se ha incorporado fructíferamente a la terapia de pareja a través de la TICP.

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