Assessing Families and Couples: From Symptom to System / Edition 1

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Overview

A step-by-step guide to assessing couples and families, this text offers a clear delineation of the process of family therapy through richly illustrated case material, featuring clients from a diversity of backgrounds

Appealing to both experienced and novel therapists, Assessing Families and Couples portrays a clear picture of what occurs in a two-session model in conducting a family therapy assessment. In the absence of a videotape to depict the process of therapy, readers can still visualize the details of the therapeutic journey in a step-by-step manner. Students and instructors, alike, will find this book an invaluable tool for the learning and teaching of family therapy assessment.

The text begins with a brief historical review of family therapy today and continues with a detailed explanation of the authors’ four-step assessment model. The assessment model is illustrated by a series of thoroughly detailed case studies, featuring African-American, European, Latin-American, Spanish, Irish, and Chinese families.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205470129
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 725,519
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

PREFACE.

1. Introduction: A Four-Step Model for Assessing Couples and Families.

I. TROUBLED CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS.

2. The Parentified Child.

3. Conflictual Couple/Triangulated Children.

II. STEP-FAMILIES.

4. The Teenager Who Was a Liar.

5. Three Dyads Are Less Than a Whole Family.

III. COMPLEMENTARY COUPLES.

6. . Agitated Depression in an Adult Woman.

7. The Woman Whose Hands Were Always Dirty.

IV. PSYCHOSOMATIC FAMILIES.

8. Oedipus with Stomach Cramps.

9. A Young Chinese Man with Anorexia Nervosa.

V. THE FAMILY AND SOCIAL SERVICES

10. Three-Generations of Women.

11. Residential Treatment of Drug Addiction and the Family.

EPILOGUE.

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