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Family Therapy

Family Therapy
Models and Techniques

July 2010 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc


This text offers a straightforward, comprehensive overview of both traditional and evolving theoretical models of family therapy and intervention techniques as well as a discussion of clinical issues unique to family therapy practice. Aiming to prepare students to develop beginning proficiency in family therapy, the authors outline major family therapy models in detail, including a step by step description of concepts, theories, skills, and techniques as well as a history of each model and its conceptual and theoretical underpinnings. The text also provides extensive case illustrations of family interviews that identify the specific stages, clinical issues, concepts, theories and techniques associated with each model.

This core text is designed for graduate level courses such as Family Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, Marriage and Family Counseling, Family Systems Theory, and Family Counseling in departments of social work, psychology, nursing, education, or human services.


PART I: Introduction and Background
1. The History of Family Therapy: Conceptual and Clinical Influences
2. The Ecology of Families: A Systems/Developmental Perspective
3. Ethnicity and Family Life
Part II: Models of Family Therapy
4. Communications/Humanistic Family Therapy
5. Family of Origin Family Therapy
6. Structural Family Therapy
7. Strategic Family Therapy
8. Solution-Focused Family Therapy
9. Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapy
10. Narrative Family Therapy
Part III: Clinical Issues in Family Therapy
11. Phases of Family Therapy
12. Families in Transition: Alternative Family Patterns
13. Family Stress, Crisis, and Trauma: Building Family Resilience
14. Family Therapy Research: Implications for the Practicing Family Therapist
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excellent text. It includes a very reasonable and "deep" approach to multiculturalism in family therapy.

Dr Thomas Frederick
Social Science , California Baptist University
July 11, 2016

This is a helpful book for those interested in family therapy as it considers the links between family therapy and a range of theoretical concepts as well as the development of family therapy as an intervention.

Mrs Imelda Hatton-Yeo
School of Public health & Clinical Sci, University of Central Lancashire
June 10, 2015

This book will assist any social work practitioner or health professional interested in family work per se.

The history of family therapy provides a most interesting read and the chapter on dealing with crisis and trauma very insightful.

Mr Robert Bielby
faculty of health and social care sciences, Kingston University
May 9, 2015

A really accessible introductory text on family therapy which offers a comprehensive of the key theories and concepts Well-structured and laid out with helpful case examples.

Miss Jacky Foster
Social Work , Cornwall College
September 24, 2013

Very good text for graduate class. Comprehensive for those students who are looking to understand the vocabulary, models and the needs of families and children in particular. This is a good introductory course text. As an instructor, I enjoy having discussion questions in the book to refer to in class and to assign for extra credit assignment. I am using a companion book because the focus of this class is counseling addictive families.

Professor Jane Nichols
Rehabilitation Institute, Southern Illinois University
July 3, 2013

Excellent text. Will continue to use in future courses. Readable and thorough

Dr Donald Marks
Psychology Dept, Kean University
February 26, 2012

Having thought two classes the Family Systemic Counselling Theroy and Skills module this year I would recommend that this book be added to the core text book list in our bibliography for this module. This book covers most of the topics in the narratives for this module and it would be of great benifit to our students.

Mrs Gisela Oates
Counselling & Psychotherapy Dept, PCI College
January 4, 2012

An excellently written and structured book, giving the reader an excellent overview of all aspects of Family Therapy.

Mr Mike Bancroft
Counselling, Alton College
November 9, 2011

Excellent text. Will be considered for next cohort in 2012.

Professor Ron Thiessen
Humanities , Concordia University
November 2, 2011

The book best addresses the Social Work Concentration of Globally-Focused Family-Centered Practice.

Dr James Scherrer
Graduate School of Social Work, Dominican University
August 30, 2011
Key features
  • Offers thorough coverage of the philosophy, concepts, theories, and techniques of pioneer family therapist Virginia Satir's Communications/ Humanistic Family Therapy Model
  • Includes family life cycle and development issues
  • Addresses interventions involving special issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence, and poverty
  • Provides a separate chapter on generic clinical issues related to family therapy

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