Basic Family Therapy

Overview

The challenge facing the authors of texts that address the multiplicity and complexity of problems that may afflict families can be intimidating. Philip Barker has addressed this challenge head-on in each of the editions of this book. This task has been greatly facilitated by the contributions of the new co-author, Jeff Chang, and in this edition provides a clear, easily read and readily understandable introduction to family therapy. Much has happened in the field of family therapy since the fifth edition of ...

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Overview

The challenge facing the authors of texts that address the multiplicity and complexity of problems that may afflict families can be intimidating. Philip Barker has addressed this challenge head-on in each of the editions of this book. This task has been greatly facilitated by the contributions of the new co-author, Jeff Chang, and in this edition provides a clear, easily read and readily understandable introduction to family therapy. Much has happened in the field of family therapy since the fifth edition of Basic Family Therapy was published in 2007.

New developments covered in this book include:

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • The Gottman approach to couples therapy
  • Mindfulness and psychotherapy
  • The common factors approach to psychotherapy and to family therapy
  • The increased emphasis on empirically supported treatments
  • High-conflict post-divorce parenting

Basic Family Therapy will be of value to readers new to family therapy and to those in the early stages of training.

"...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."
Dramatherapy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781119945055
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.70 (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

Introduction
1 The Development of Family Therapy 1
2 Healthy Families and their Development 12
3 Some Basic Theoretical Concepts 23
4 Some Approaches to the Treatment of Families 45
5 Models for the Assessment of Families 64
6 Practical Aspects of the Assessment of Families 77
7 Establishing Treatment Goals 95
8 When Should We Use Family Therapy? 102
9 Practical Points in the Treatment of Families 115
10 Common Family Problems and their Treatment 134
11 Strategic and Systemic Therapies 149
12 Other Therapeutic Techniques 174
13 A Method of Therapy 190
14 Marital Therapy and Sex Therapies 203
15 Terminating Treatment and Dealing with Treatment Interruptions 219
16 Teaching and Learning Family Therapy 231
17 Research in Family Therapy 247
18 Issues of Ethics in Family Therapy 262
References 271
Index 289
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