Becoming a Family Counselor: A Bridge to Family Therapy Theory and Practice / Edition 1

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Overview

A complete and accessible resource for working with couples and families

Becoming a Family Counselor sets a new standard for family therapy texts. Working from a broad historical orientation, it focuses on the common themes that reappear across various theoretical approaches and connects family practice with individual approaches. Crossing boundaries of generation, gender, race, and culture, this useful introduction presents current thinking related to today's practice issues.

The text begins with an overview of couple and family counseling, emphasizing the diversity and unity in the field. The development of the field is examined, from its roots in the nineteenth century through its identity crisis in the 1980s. Subsequent chapters lay out an integrated approach to contemporary family research, theory, and therapy; core chapters focus on understanding the contributions of behavioral, organizational, narrative, emotional, and spiritual perspectives. The last section of the book offers practical chapters on conducting family therapy in organizational contexts that often define the client in individual terms. Readers are encouraged to balance a change orientation with a respect for continuity and tradition.

Complete with illuminating case studies, self-evaluation exercises, suggestions for independent study, and current ethics codes, Becoming a Family Counselor is a dynamic resource suitable for both students and practicing mental health professionals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471221388
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/7/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,160,587
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Couple and family counselors : individual portraits 3
Ch. 2 Retelling the story : couple and family counseling in the early years 33
Ch. 3 The field matures 73
Ch. 4 Behavior : learning, habits, and reinforcement 109
Ch. 5 Organization : planning, decision making, and action 141
Ch. 6 Narrative : language, culture, and identity 179
Ch. 7 Emotion : regulation, relationship, and motivation 211
Ch. 8 Spirituality : purpose, acceptance, and meaning 245
Ch. 9 Joining, struggling together, and saying goodbye 275
Ch. 10 The ethical family counselor 297
Ch. 11 Future directions for family counseling 317
App. A ACA code of ethics 331
App. B AAMFT code of ethics 355
App. C Ethical code of the international association of marriage and family counselors 363
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