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ABSOLUTELY Brand NEW US Edition: DESCRIPTION: 320 Pages: Oxford University Press, USA; 4 edition (June 18, 1998): The fourth edition of this well-established textbook offers a ... thorough, readable, and up-to-date survey of the field of family therapy, providing coverage of all contemporary schools of thought. The book has been comprehensively revised to take account of recent advances in the field made since the last edition was published in 1992. The author presents a coherent model of therapy which students can apply as they start learning the skills they need in order to effectively work with families. Along with the review of all family therapies currently established in medical practice, Barker provides an extensive list of references for further reading. Basic Family Therapy is a clear, easily comprehensible introduction to the cross-disciplinary subject of family therapy. It is published at a time when such a comprehensive guide to the basics of the field is needed more than ever, and it will satisfy the varied information needs of trainee psychiatrists and pediatricians, psychologists, social workers and counselors, psychiatric nurses, medical students, and family practitioners. Read more Show Less

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Overview

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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"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: 9780632042593
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.94 (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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