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One look inside Clinical Applications of Bowen Family Systems Theory, and you’ll see that your most current clinical dilemmas are not as difficult to solve as you think. You’ll find plenty of information to assist you in treating a vast audience of populations—the elderly, college students, troubled couples, remarried families, and children with severe medical problems. You’ll also find that you’re able to apply the Bowen systems theory to nearly every clinical situation—emotional dysfunction in children, alcoholism, incest, divorce, depression, phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Clinical Applications of Bowen Family Systems Theory is an ideal companion for family therapists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, and counselors. You’ll find your working comprehension of Murray Bowen’s work will grow, and you’ll become more adept at applying what you read in real-life clinical situations, especially in these related areas:

  • family systems assessment based on the Bowen Theory
  • marital fusion and differentiation
  • bridging emotional cut-off from a former spouse
  • dealing with a child-focused divorce
  • case studies of alcoholism and family systems

    Clinical Applications of Bowen Family Systems Theory is the first book to collect, illustrate, and walk you through a full application of this highly effective treatment method in any number of clinical settings. Both beginning and experienced therapists will find interesting reading in the history of the theory, and the result will be interested clients who begin to create functional, thriving personal histories for themselves.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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A guide for family therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, and related professionals to applying Murray Bowen's ideas in a range of situations. Among them are emotional dysfunction in children, alcoholism, incest, depression, and phobias. Considers such populations as the elderly, college students, troubled couples, and children with severe medical problems. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789004680
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Haworth Marriage and the Family Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Editor
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Overview of the Bowen Theoretical-Therapeutic System 7
Ch. 2 Family Systems Assessment Based on Bowen Theory 51
Ch. 3 Bowen Theory As a Basis for Therapy 69
Ch. 4 Marital Fusion and Differentiation 119
Ch. 5 Emotional Dysfunction in Children 147
Ch. 6 Treatment of a Family Whose Child Has a Serious Medical Problem 165
Ch. 7 Treating College Students from a Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspective 187
Ch. 8 The Use of Bowen Theory in Clinical Practice with the Elderly 205
Ch. 9 Family Systems Treatment of Depression 227
Ch. 10 Tracking the Emotional Process: Applying Bowen Theory with Phobias and an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 249
Ch. 11 Family Systems with Alcoholism: A Case Study 263
Ch. 12 Incest: A Family Systems Perspective 299
Ch. 13 Child-Focused Divorce 327
Ch. 14 Treating a Remarried Family System 355
Ch. 15 Bridging Emotional Cutoff from a Former Spouse 381
Index 415
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  • Posted May 19, 2010

    A great description of the theory behind family therapy

    This work by Titleman provides an in depth discussion of Bowen's Family Systems Theory, which is one of the foundational models useful in family therapy. I'm currently in my third semester of graduate school to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have already found my readings in this book to benefit me in understanding my clients more and also in understanding myself and my own family. To be perfectly honest, I had difficulty with the beginning of the first chapter when Titleman discussed Bowen's theory that we have an evolutionary memory that is passed down by our grandparents and great grandparents, etc. However, if you realize that there are many things (alcoholism, bipolar disorder) that have a strong genetic component and if you think about the fact that the environment a child grows up in strongly predicates how they will behave in their own family and the environment they will create for their children, this becomes a little bit less out there. Once you get past that first chapter, the description of the theory and the description of using the theory in practice did not have anything else far fetched. Overall, I strongly recommend this book to any professional who does therapy or counseling and to any reader who has some familiarity with reading books on theory and application as this book would also be very helpful to them in exploring the function and relative dysfunction in their own families and learning tools to effect change.

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