Clinical Applications of Bowen Family Systems Theory / Edition 1by Peter Titelman
Pub. Date: 10/28/1998
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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 populationsthe elderly, college students, troubled couples, remarried families, and children with… See more details below
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 populationsthe 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 situationemotional 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.
Table of Contents
Foreword. Introduction. PART I: BOWEN FAMILY SYSTEMS THEORY, ASSESSMENT, AND THERAPY. Overview of the Bowen Theoretical-Therapeutic System. Family Systems Assessment Based on Bowen Theory. Bowen Theory as the Basis for Therapy. PART II: CLINICAL APPLICATIONS. Marital Fusion and Differentiation. Emotional Dysfunction in Children. Treatment of a Family Whose Child Has a Serious Medical Problem. Treating College Students from a Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspective. The Use of Bowen Theory in Clinical Practice with the Elderly. Family Systems Treatment of Depression. Tracking the Emotional Process: Applying Bowen Theory with Phobias and an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Family Systems with Alcoholism: A Case Study. Incest: A Family Systems Perspective. Child Focused Divorce. Treating a Remarried Family System. Bridging Emotional Cutoff from a Former Spouse. Reference Notes. Index.
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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.