This updated classic textbook on couples and family therapy is written through a psychiatric and psychosocial lens. It delineates clinical practice, research, and training issues, in part through case examples. The chapters present family therapy and family–oriented interventions with an emerging evidence base in an easy–to–read and digestible manner.
Organized into six sections, this title covers:
- The history of the field and the general concepts of family function and dysfunction
- How to do family evaluation, formulate a broad diagnostic plan, delineate goals and plan treatment
- Provides indications, contraindications and evidence–based results
- Discusses ethical quandaries, professionalism, and training issues
- Techniques that can be utilized in the therapeutic encounter to foster change and growth in both patients and their families.
The text addresses the need for the modern day clinician to have a solid foundation in cultural competency and to be able to work with patients who come from a range of cultural, ethnic, sexual, and socioeconomic backgrounds. This classic teaching textbook is well suited for mental health clinicians of all levels who work with families.
Forewords xixEllen M. Berman MD, Lloyd I. Sederer MD
A Guide for Using the Text xxxiii
List of Tables xxxvii
List of Figures xxxix
Section I Family Therapy in Context
1 The Field of Couples and Family Therapy: Development and Definition 5
2 Family Life in Historical and Sociological Perspective 23
Section II Functional and Dysfunctional Families
3 Understanding the Functional Family 41
4 Understanding the Functional Family in a Variety of Family Forms 59
5 Problems and Dysfunction from an Integrated Family Systems Perspective 75
Section III Family Evaluation
6 The Process of Evaluation 95
7 The Content of Evaluation 107
8 Formulating an Understanding of the Family Problem Areas 117
Section IV Family Treatment
9 Major Family Therapy Schools and Their Treatment Strategies 137
10 Goals 147
11 Family Treatment: Integrated Strategies and Techniques 157
12 The Course of Family Treatment 175
13 Promoting Change in Family Treatment: Issues of Alliance and Resistance 189
14 Family Therapy: General Considerations203
Section V Couples Therapy
15 Dysfunctional Couples and Couples Therapy 221
16 Sex Couples and Sex Therapy 235
17 Couples and Families Breaking Apart: Separation and Divorce 249
Section VI Family Treatment When One Member Has a Psychiatric Disorder or Other Special Problem
18 Family Treatment in the Context of Individual Psychiatric Disorders 267
19 Family Treatment in the Context of Other Special Problems Violence to Self and Others 301
20 The Family and Treatment of Acute and Chronic Psychiatric Illness 321
21 Working with Families in the
Section VII Results of and Guidelines for Recommending Family Therapy
23 Controversies Relative Contraindications and the Use and Misuse of Couples and Family Therapy 371
24 Results: The Outcomes of Couples and Family Therapy 381
Section VIII Ethical Professional and Training Issues
25 Ethical and Professional Issues in Couples and Family Therapy 405
Suggested Reading 419
Ira D. Glick is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and formerly Chief of the Schizophrenia Clinic at Stanford University School of Medicine, USA.
Douglas S. Rait is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Chief of the Couples and Family Therapy Clinic at Stanford University School of Medicine, USA.
Alison M. Heru is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado, USA.
Michael S. Ascher is Clinical Associate in Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, USA.