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Couples and Family Therapy in Clinical Practice. 5th Edition

  • ID: 2936046
  • Book
  • December 2015
  • 480 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

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.

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Forewords xix
Ellen M. Berman MD, Lloyd I. Sederer MD

Preface xxvii

Acknowledgments xxxi

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

References 419

Index 421

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Ira D. Glick
Douglas S. Rait
Alison M. Heru
Michael Ascher
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