Washtenaw Literacy

Washtenaw Literacy’s purpose is straightforward: we help adults change their lives through literacy. Our organization has over 30 years' experience in helping men and women improve their reading, writing and English as a second language skills.

This focus on individual goals makes our program unique in the county. Washtenaw Literacy is a critical part of our community’s educational continuum. Someday we hope to have no need for our services. Until then, we’ll support our volunteer tutors as they help low-literate men and women improve their skills and their lives.

Check out the Washtenaw Literacy website.

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The husbands and wives club : [sound recording] a year in the life of a couples therapy groupBy Abraham, Laurie

Journalist Laurie Abraham spent more than a year attending group couples therapy sessions in Philadelphia as an observer. The group’s five couples met therapist Judith Coché once a month for one or two days at a time. The issues bedeviling these husbands and wives are typical: money, power struggles, sex, childhood trauma carried into adulthood, and ineffective communication, for example. Yet Coché, and the group itself, seems to have a knack for pulling the couples through some tough times and setting them on the road to greater understanding and an improved shot at happiness together. The recounting of therapy sessions is interspersed with discussion of the history of therapy, couples therapy in particular, and the variety of approaches and techniques that have moved in and out of favor over the years. These sections may not interest all listeners. Abraham is a skillful writer, and occasionally inserts her own skepticism—and admiration—into the text. Reader Laural Merlington takes some getting used to, but eventually she seems a good fit for the businesslike Coché, and does well in distinguishing the voices of the husbands and wives. If you’re curious about couples therapy, this audiobook provides insight into the hard work that takes place, especially in the not-so-common group form.

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