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This sweeping, authoritative encyclopedia edited by Carlson (Adler Univ.) and Dermer (Governors State Univ.) brings together a broad range of concepts and disciplinary literature from the fields of social work, psychology, counseling, and marriage and family therapy. The four-volume set contains more than 500 alphabetically arranged, signed entries by nearly 400 experts in the field, each offering references to further readings.
This four-volume set provides authoritative and comprehensive coverage of the history, theories, therapeutic approaches, clinical techniques, and important people in the field of marriage and family counseling...The articles are clear and concise and would be an excellent starting point for undergraduate research. This work would both update and complement the International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family, especially by providing a focus on current clinical diagnoses and therapies in the field.—Theresa Muraski
"This set meets the goal set by Carlson and Dermer to “accurately tell the complete story of working with couples, family, and marriage therapy.” However, most of the articles offer little more depth than a general social sciences encyclopedia. The liberal use of jargon and acronyms presume a counseling background in readers.
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family and Couples Counseling is a comprehensive and authoritative reference that succeeds in bridging the gap and serving multiple audiences. It offers students, researchers and practitioners scholarly coverage and useful insights into a field of study that covers complex issues and draws from a number of academic disciplines. Most academic libraries that support courses in counseling, family studies, and social work will do well to give it serious consideration.
"This encyclopedia will be most useful in providing background information on marriage, family and couples counselling...Further readings, included for each entry, and the listings of relevant organizations and publications located in the Back Matter section are most helpful in providing additional resources on the topic that will lead to research-level content."
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