Becoming a Family Counselor A Bridge to Family Therapy Theory and Practice

ISBN-10: 0471221384

ISBN-13: 9780471221388

Edition: 2006

Authors: Thomas W. Blume

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Suitable for readers experiencing their first foray into family counseling, as well as for seasoned practitioners confused by the competing array of theoretical orientations and technical approaches, Becoming a Family Counselor first orients the reader to the field of family therapy and then presents five themes inherent in successful family intervention. The book concludes with practical chapters on conducting family therapy in an individually oriented reimbursement environment, developing change-oriented interactional styles, and engaging in ethically sound practice.
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Book details

List price: $110.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/7/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.266
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Couple and Family Counselors: Individual Portraits
Introduction
Some Definitional Issues
A Day in the Practice of a Couple and Family Counselor
The Baxter/Klein Case
Counseling Competence-Common Factors
Person-Centered Approaches
The Contemporary Search for Common Factors
The Special Identity of the Family Counselor
Identity Processes
Shared Interests and Goals
Shared Perspective
Shared Expertise
Personal Challenges of Family Counseling
Diverse Credentials
Choices
Suggested Individual and Group Activities
Suggested Readings
Retelling the Story: Couple and Family Counseling in the Early Years
The Context of This Telling
Postmodernism
Cultural and Political Awareness
Social Constructionism and Narrative
The Dominant Marriage and Family Therapy Story
The Healer
The Hero
The Discoverer
An Alternative Story, Phase I: The Discovery Years
Gradual, Incremental Change
Professional Groups and Collaboration
The New Family Therapy Movement
Early Models-The Leading Citizens in a Frontier Town
An Alternative Story, Phase II: The Consolidation Years (1970-1979), a Search for Consensus
Social Change
Systems Fervor
Advanced Models-Captains of Industry
Change, But Not Too Much Change
Suggested Individual and Group Activities
Suggested Readings
The Field Matures
Societal Change
Sexuality in the United States
A Changing Family Landscape
Technology and Families
Changes inside the Field
Personnel Changes
Organizational Maturation
The Managed Care Revolution
Technology and Professional Communication
The 1980s: A Midlife Crisis
Feminist Challenges
Emerging Postmodernism
The 1990s and beyond: Reexamining Values and Settling Down
Life Goes On
Transformations
Integrationist Moves
Growth and Increasing Diversity
Suggested Individual and Group Activities
Suggested Readings
Family Therapy in Its Midlife: Five Themes
Mastery-Level Performance and Integration
Themes, Not Originators or Models
Theory and Research
Interconnectedness in Relationship Processes
Behavior: Learning, Habits, and Reinforcement
Theory and Research
Context
Teaching and Learning
Core Behavioral Principles
The Process of Counseling with Couples and Families
Engaging: Becoming Empiricists Together
Assessing System Characteristics, Strengths, and Needs
Intervening: External Knowledge
Intervening: Internal Knowledge (Self and Other)
Intervening: Teaching Relationship Skills
Intervening: Cue Focus
Intervening: Contingency Focus
Assessing Effectiveness
Closure
Cautions, Concerns, and New Directions
Modernism, Positivism, and the Myth of Human Perfection
Hierarchy, Power, and Abuse
Suggested Individual and Group Activities
Suggested Readings
Organization: Planning, Decision Making, and Action
Theory and Research
Functionalism and the Structural Metaphor
Development
Communication, Systems, and Structures
Ecosystemic, Evolutionary, and Chaos Theories
The Process of Counseling with Couples and Families
From Theory to Practice
Engaging: Contracting for Organizational Change
Conducting a Dynamic Assessment
Intervening: Direct, Compliance-Based Change Techniques
Intervening: Paradoxical or Defiance-Based Change Techniques
Assessing Effectiveness
Closure
Cautions and Concerns
Suggested Individual and Group Activities
Suggested Readings
Narrative: Language, Culture, and Identity
Theory and Research
Internal and Interpersonal Language
Language Systems and Social Construction
Narrative
The Process of Counseling with Couples and Families
Entering a Language World
Entering a Unique Intersection of Discourses
Beginning a Dynamic Assessment Process
Intervening: Changing Representations
Intervening: Collaborative Retelling
Assessing Effectiveness
Closure
Cautions and Concerns
Suggested Individual and Group Activities
Suggested Readings
Emotion: Regulation, Relationship, and Motivation
Theory and Research
Psychodynamic Discourse-Emotion as Struggle
Social Science Discourse-Emotion as a Variable
Biological Discourse-Emotion as Neurological Activity
The Process of Counseling with Couples and Families
Engaging: Creating an Emotion-Friendly Context
Assessment and Intervention: Early Stages
Intervention-Regulating Emotions
Interventions-Experiencing, Expressing, and Sharing Emotion
Intervention-Connecting
Assessing Effectiveness
Closure
Cautions and Concerns
Suggested Individual and Group Activities
Suggested Readings
Spirituality: Purpose, Acceptance, and Meaning
Theory and Research
Contexts of Religion and Spirituality
Spirituality and Relational Well-Being
The Process of Counseling with Couples and Families
Engaging: Making Space for the Spirit
Conducting a Dynamic Assessment
Intervening: Instrumental, Ethnosensitivity
Intervening: Instrumental, Beliefs/Themes
Intervening: Instrumental, Religious/Spiritual Practices
Intervening: Metaphysical
Assessing Effectiveness
Closure
Cautions, Concerns, and New Directions
Suggested Individual and Group Activities
Suggested Readings
Judgment, Action, and Personal Development in Family Counseling
Joining, Struggling Together, and Saying Goodbye
The Morgan-Thompsons: A Family in Crisis
Rick
Alice
Separation and Rapproachement
Engaging and Assessing
Making Sense of the Clients' Needs
Intervention
Crisis #1
Looking Back
Building a Stepfamily
Bill
Teresa
Making Sense of the Clients' Needs
Intervention
Crisis #2
Struggles over Control
Looking back
Enlarging the Family
Marriage and Economic Partnership
Making Sense of the Clients' Needs
Intervention
Crisis #3
More Triangles
Looking Back
Pulling Together
Making Sense of the Clients' Needs
Crisis #4
Intervention
Rebuilding
Looking Back
Moving On
Making Sense of the Clients' Needs
Intervention
Launching
Reviewing the Case
Multiple Strategies
Personal Challenges of Family Counseling
Suggested Individual and Group Activities
Suggested Readings
The Ethical Family Counselor
Ethical Decision-Making Processes
Principles and Values
Identifying Ethical Issues
Consultations, Codes, and Laws
Ethics Themes in Couple and Family Counseling
Competence
Systemic versus Individual Ethics
Gender and Sexuality
Race and Class
Power and Deception
Diagnosis
Consent
Confidentiality
Multiple Relationships
Psychotropic Medications
Records and Reimbursement
Identifying an Individual with Appropriate Needs
Assessing the Appropriateness of Couple or Family Treatment
Conducting Focused, Theory-Driven Treatment
Maintaining Family Oriented Progress Notes
Assessing Change
Suggested Individual and Group Activities
Suggested Readings
Future Directions for Family Counseling
The Successes and Failures of Modernity
From Idealism to Realism
Moving Forward without a Map
Social Change
Political and Economic Instability
Emerging Ideas and Movements
Reconnecting with Each Other
Reconnecting with the Embodied Nature of Humanness
Reconnecting with the Natural World
Reconnecting with Culture
Accepting Contradiction and Complexity
Continued Evolution of the Profession
Further Integration
Diversification in Service Delivery
Suggested Individual and Group Activities
Suggested Readings
ACA Code of Ethics
AAMFT Code of Ethics
Ethical Code of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
References
Name Index
Subject Index
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