Assessing Families and Couples From Symptom to System

ISBN-10: 0205470122

ISBN-13: 9780205470129

Edition: 2007

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"A step-by-step guide to assessing couples and families, this text offers a clear delineation of the process of family therapy through richly illustrated case material, featuring clients from a diversity of backgrounds" Appealing to both experienced and novel therapists, "Assessing Families and Couples" portrays a clear picture of what occurs in a two-session model in conducting a family therapy assessment. In the absence of a videotape to depict the process of therapy, readers can still visualize the details of the therapeutic journey in a step-by-step manner. Students and instructors, alike, will find this book an invaluable tool for the learning and teaching of family therapy assessment. The text begins with a brief historical review of family therapy today and continues with a detailed explanation of the authors' four-step assessment model. The assessment model is illustrated by a series of thoroughly detailed case studies, featuring African-American, European, Latin-American, Spanish, Irish, and Chinese families. "Any market interested in using "A step-by-step guide to assessing couples and families featuring clients from a diversity of backgrounds.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/23/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Preface
Introduction: A Four-Step Model for Assessing Families and Couples
A Short Review of the Evolution of Family Therapy
An Equally Short Review of the Evolution of Structural Family Therapy
The Therapist's Style 50 Years Later
Nonverbal Interventions
The Use of Metaphor
A Map for Assessing Families and Giving Directions to Therapy
A Four-Step Model of Family Assessment
Opening Up the Presenting Complaint
Highlighting Problem-Maintaining Interactions
A Structurally Focused Exploration of the Past
An Exploration of Alternative Ways of Relating
One Last Moment of Reflection
A Word About the Therapist
Troubled Children and Their Parents
The Parentified Child
Opening Up the Presenting Complaint
Highlighting Problem-Maintaining Interactions
Second Session
A Structurally Focused Exploration of the Past
Exploration of Alternative Ways of Relating
Coda
Therapeutic Framework
Family Organization
Individual Perspectives
Strategies of Intervention
Techniques
Conflictual Couple/Triangulated Children
Opening Up the Presenting Complaint
Highlighting Problem-Maintaining Interactions
Second Session
A Structurally Focused Exploration of the Past
Exploration of Alternative Ways of Relating
Coda
Therapeutic Framework
Family Organization
Individual Perspectives
Strategies of Intervention
Techniques
Stepfamilies
The Teenager Who Was a Liar
Opening Up the Presenting Complaint
Highlighting Problem-Maintaining Interactions
Second Session
A Structurally Focused Exploration of the Past
Exploration of Alternative Ways of Relating
Coda
Therapeutic Framework
Family Organization
Individual Perspectives
Strategies of Intervention
Techniques
Three Dyads Are Less Than a Whole Family
Opening Up the Presenting Complaint
Highlighting Problem-Maintaining Interactions
Second Session
A Structurally Focused Exploration of the Past
Exploration of Alternative Ways of Relating
Coda
Therapeutic Framework
Family Organization
Individual Perspectives
Strategies of Intervention
Techniques
Complementary Couples
Agitated Depression in an Adult Woman
Opening Up the Presenting Complaint
Highlighting Problem-Maintaining Interactions
Notes About the Session
Second Session
A Structurally Focused Exploration of the Past
Exploration of Alternative Ways of Relating
Reflections
Therapeutic Framework
Family Organization
Individual Perspectives
Strategies of Intervention
Techniques
The Woman Whose Hands Were Always Dirty
Opening Up the Presenting Complaint
Highlighting Problem-Maintaining Interactions
Second Session
A Structurally Focused Exploration of the Past
Exploration of Alternative Ways of Relating
Reflections
Therapeutic Framework
Family Organization
Individual Perspectives
Strategies of Intervention
Techniques
Psychosomatic Families
Oedipus with Stomach Cramps
Opening Up the Presenting Complaint
Highlighting Problem-Maintaining Interactions
Second Session
A Structurally Focused Exploration of the Past
Exploration of Alternative Ways of Relating
Therapeutic Framework
Family Organization
Individual Perspectives
Strategies of Intervention
Techniques
A Young Chinese Man with Anorexia Nervosa
Opening Up the Presenting Complaint
Highlighting Problem-Maintaining Interactions
Second Session
A Structurally Focused Exploration of the Past
Exploration of Alternative Ways of Relating
Reflections
Therapeutic Framework
Family Organization
Individual Perspectives
Strategies of Intervention
Techniques
The Family and Social Services
Three Generations of Women
Opening Up the Presenting Complaint
Highlighting Problem-Maintaining Interactions
Second Session
A Structurally Focused Exploration of the Past
Exploration of Alternative Ways of Relating
Coda
Therapeutic Framework
Family Organization
Individual Perspectives
Strategies of Intervention
Techniques
Residual Treatment of Drug Addiction and the Family
Opening Up the Presenting Complaint
Highlighting Problem-Maintaining Interactions
Second Session
A Structurally Focused Exploration of the Past
Exploration of Alternative Ways of Relating
Coda
Therapeutic Framework
Family Organization
Individual Perspectives
Strategies of Intervention
Techniques
Epilogue
Index
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