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Despite the advances that have occurred since the first edition of this book appeared in 1981, the aims of Basic Family Therapy remain the same. These are to provide a clear, easily read and readily understandable introduction to family therapy, and to guide the reader to sources of further information by providing a comprehensive list of references. No prior knowledge of family therapy has been assumed and it is hoped that the book will be useful not only to those who are new to family therapy but also to those in the early phases of their training.

The fifth edition of this established text provides an unbiased, readable and up-to-date introduction to the field of family therapy. It recognises the various forms of dysfunction which may occur within individual families, often coloured by the culture of the society to which the family belongs. Against this complex backdrop and the various schools of thought in family therapy, the book synthesises the basic principles that apply to family therapy generally.

About the Author:
Philip Barker, MB, BS, FRCPsych, FRCP(C), is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary, Canada

"...a well-established text that provides an unbiased, readable, and up-to-date introduction to the field of family therapy, covering all the main contemporary schools... presents a coherent model of therapy."

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Editorial Reviews

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"Professor Barker has the ability of making complex ideas seem simple… I found the book a delight to read… containing not only an introduction to theory but also many practical tips for therapy." Journal of Family Therapy

Basic Family Therapy is a comprehensive and stimulating text that presents [this] field in its complexity, diversity and unity.’ Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

‘I did not want the book to stop, and yet I felt deep satisfaction at having read material that held such richness of knowledge. There is an exhilaration at being exposed to a thorough and articulate scholar, and this text should be required reading for all students in mental health disciplines.’ Contemporary Psychiatry

‘A classic book for clinicians working with families.’ British Journal of Psychiatry

"If you intend to read it, I advise you give it your full attention and read it meticulously and carefully."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405144360
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/3/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Barker, MB, BS, FRCPsych, FRCP (C), is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary, Canada.

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Table of Contents



1. The Development of Family Therapy.

2. Healthy Families and their Development.

3. Basic Theoretical Concepts.

4. Approaches to the Treatment of Families.

5. Assessing Families.

6. Practical Aspects of the Assessment of Families.

7. Establishing Treatment Goals.

8. Indications and contraindications for family therapy.

9. Practical Points in the Treatment of Families.

10. Common Family Problems.

11. Strategic and Systemic Therapies.

12. Other family problems.

13. Other therapeutic approaches.

14. A Method of Therapy.

15. Marital therapy and sex therapy.

16. Terminating Treatment and Dealing with Treatment Interruptions.

17. Teaching and Learning Family Therapy.

18. Research in Family Therapy.

19. Ethics and Family Therapy.


Appendix A.

Index of Authors.

Subject Index.





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