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Introduction to Family Theory and Therapy Exploring an Evolving Field

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ISBN-10: 0534593283

ISBN-13: 9780534593285

Edition: 2003

Authors: June Blumenthal Green

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This book traces the conception of systemic theory and how it continues to be adapted by various theorists and therapists in the treatment of families. The philosophy of the book seeks to encourage students to consider themselves as part of the systems with which they work, and to respect their own strengths and personalities even as they encourage clients to do the same. The theme of this book points out that although each theory that it discusses has its own value for working with families, some are more or less effective for specific populations, cultures and issues.
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Book details

List price: $199.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 9/13/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Dr. Green received her Ph.D. from the Nova Southeastern University, School of Social and Systemic Studies with a focus on Brief Solution Focused Therapy. Her professional experience over the years includes, Director of Human Affairs International (an Employee Assistance Program), providing training programs for family counselors, teaching part-time and a private practice.

Sowing the Seeds
Professional Issues and Ethics
Introduction
Maintaining Confidentiality
Responding to Life-Threatening Behaviors
Considering Client Expectations
Supervision and Continuing Education
A Common Thread
Let the Clients Be the Guide
Systemic Family Therapy: An Evolving Process
Resources
The Profession of Family Therapy
Experiential Activities
References
Diversity: Where Do You Stand?
Cultural and Racial Diversity: A Nation of Immigrants
The Therapist and Personal Bias
The 2000 Census
Immigration: Acculturation and Assimilation
Joining with a Client's Background
Class: A Troublesome Distinction
Accepting Difference Family Norms
Respecting Differences
Culture and Intergenerational Issues
Therapeutic Issues
Postmodern Issues with Medical Labels
Challenging Traditional Roles
Gender Bias and Psychotherapy
Change Is in Process
Sexual Orientation Issues
People with Disabilities
Our Aging Population
Other Social Concerns
Beware of Generalizations!
How to Help
Learn, Learn, Learn
Experiential Activities
References
Founding Roots of Systemic Theory
A New Systemic Perspective About Mental Health
Key Theorists
Terms to Know
An Overview of the Development of Systemic Thinking
From Individual to Family: Multidisciplinary Changes
Founding Principles
Summary
Experiential Activities
References
Elements of the Process of Change
Terms to Know
Why Change?
Elements of Change
The Certainty of Change
Experiential Activities
Systemic Branches
Intergenerational and Psychoanalytically Based Family Theory and Therapy
Key Theorists
Terms to Know
The Influence of the Family of Origin
Outline of Family Life-Cycle Stages
Bowen Family Systems Theory and Therapy
Bowenian Theory: Founding Principles
Suggested Genogram Questions
Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy and Contextual Therapy
Feminist Family Therapy: An Activist Approach
Experiential Activities
References
Experiential Family Theory and Therapy
Key Theorists
Terms to Know
Experiential Family Theory and Therapy
Virginia Satir
Carl Whitaker
Walter Kempler
Summary
Experiential Activities
References
Structural Family Theory and Therapy
Terms to Know
Structural Family Theory and Therapy
Salvador Minuchin: From Psychiatry to Family Structure
Summary
Experiential Activities
References
Strategic Family Theory and Therapy
Key Theorists
Terms to Know
Haley: Power and Control
Cloe Madanes: Love and Violence
The Milan Group
Summary
Experiential Activities
References
Behavioral Couples/Family Theory and Therapy
Key Theorists
Terms to Know
Overview of Learning Theories
Cognitive/Behavioral Family Therapy
Sex Therapy
Psychoeducational Therapy
Couples/Marital Theory and Therapy
Summary
Experiential Activities
References
Language as Reality
Postmodern, Social Constructionism
Terms to Know
From Cybernetics to Cybernetics of Cybernetics
Postmodern, Social Constructivist Ideas Consider Larger Systems
Participate with the Client
Social Reality--A Function of One's Belief System
Language as Central to How We Know What We Know
Modern and Postmodern Tensions
Summary
Experiential Activities
References
Solution Focused Theory and Therapy
Key Theorists
Terms to Know
Roots and Development of Solution Focused Theory
An Optimistic Approach to Therapy
Problems Maintained by "More of the Same"
Basic Questions for the Solution Focused Therapist
Mainstays of the Solution Focused Approach
Goals of Therapy
Summary
Experiential Activities
References
Collaborative Therapies
Key Theorists
Terms to Know
Homeostasis Seen as Limiting
Language Systems and Therapy
Narrative Therapy
Keeney's Improvisational Therapy
The Reflecting Team
Summary
Experiential Activities
References
Research Perspectives
How Effective Is Couple and Family Therapy?
Terms to Know
Where Is the Field of Family Therapy Going Today?
Seeking Common Factors That Promote Change
Common Factors in Psychotherapy
The Future of Psychotherapy
Implications for the Profession of Couple and Family Therapy
Quantitative and Qualitative Research--A Both/And Process
Reviewing and Assessing Research on Couple and Family Therapy
Efficacy of Couple and Family Therapy
Meta-Analysis of Existing Research
Directions in Family Therapy Research and Family Therapy
Clinicians as Researchers
Summary
References
Epilogue
Theories--How Similar or Different Are They?
Resources
Note from the Author
Index