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Becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist. From Classroom to Consulting Room

  • ID: 2326776
  • January 2013
  • 312 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist is a practical how to guide designed to help trainee therapists bridge the gap between classroom and consulting room. Drawing on over 40 years experience, D. Eugene Mead demonstrates that for supervision to result in the positive changes needed to create successful client outcomes, therapists must focus on two basic factors: a good supervisory relationship, and attention to the task of improving therapy skills. The book shows readers how to reinforce these competencies by applying empirically–based methods to each of the core tasks of therapy.

Part I presents generic guidelines for all therapy models, including initial contact, assessment and treatment planning, evaluating treatment delivery, continuous evaluation of therapy outcomes, and terminating therapy. Part II goes on to provide treatment protocols that apply these guidelines to a number of well–known and empirically–supported marriage and family treatments.

The book also provides extended coverage on assessment and beginning treatment with crisis areas, often a difficult aspect for new therapists, and suggests how supervisors can support trainees in these and other challenging areas.

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List of Figures, Tables, and Boxes ix

About the Author xi

Foreword xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Part I

1 Becoming a Competent Marriage and Family Therapist 3

2 Basic Therapist Skills 17

3 The Initial Phone Call and Assessing Clients Complaints and Goals 63

4 Establishing a Treatment Plan and Delivering the Planned Treatment 85

5 Evaluating Adherence to the Treatment Plan and Evaluating Treatment Outcomes 109

6 Terminating Therapy 135

Part II Protocols for SelectedModels ofMarriage and Family Therapy: Delivering Evidence–Based Treatments

Introduction to Part II 147

7 Protocol for Conducting Gottman Method Couple Therapy 149

8 Protocol for Conducting Emotionally–Focused Therapy with Couples 195

Notes 217

Appendix A Person of the Therapist Checklist 219

Appendix B Therapist Self–Soothing Procedures 221

Appendix C Standard Assessment Battery for Marital Relational Problems 223

Appendix D Written Case Progress Notes 235

Appendix E Observations of the Couples Communication and Problem–solving

Behaviors Therapist s Rating Form Based on Gottman (1999) 237

Appendix F Clinical Experience Log 239

Appendix G Preparing aWritten Treatment Plan 241

AppendixH Written Treatment Summary 247

Appendix I Therapy Tailoring Skills Rating Form 249

Appendix J Homework Success: Therapist Guidelines 251

Appendix K Preparation for Supervision Checklist: Couples 253

References 257

Index 285

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D. Eugene Mead is Emeritus Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Brigham Young University, Utah. Over the course of 40 years, he developed and initiated the university's family therapy, sex therapy, marriage and family practicum, and marriage and family therapy supervision classes. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and Clinical Member and Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), having taught the Approved Supervision course at their Winter Institute. He is the author of the acclaimed
Effective Supervision: A Task–oriented Model for the Mental Health Professions (1990).
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