Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families, Second Edition / Edition 2

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Thoroughly revised and expanded, the second edition of this successful text and professional resource offers an alternative approach to thinking about and working with "difficult" families. From a nonpathologizing stance, William C. Madsen demonstrates creative ways to help family members shift their relationship to longstanding problems; envision desired lives; and develop more proactive coping strategies. The second edition has been thoroughly updated with practice innovations and many new case illustrations. New appendices provide outlines for crafting collaborative assessments, therapy contracts, and other documentation that enhances accountability while also engaging clients and eliciting their strengths. Anyone working with families in crisis, especially in settings where time and resources are scarce, will gain valuable insights and tools from this book.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"If you read this second edition, you are in serious danger of being inspired by Madsen's clear thinking and practical guidance for working with families that we professionals tend to label 'untreatable.' Madsen's conviction that it is possible to work constructively in 'impossible' situations--which is drawn from experience, and demonstrated in the many case studies--is energizing news. This is the best of books, shot through with compassion and grounded optimism."--Andrew Turnell, MA, author of Signs of Safety

"Highly readable and brimming with ideas, this book is an invaluable guide for contemporary clinicians working with multi-stressed families. Madsen provides a way of thinking about families that reflects narrative concepts and theories, coupled with practical steps and techniques designed to enhance and solidify therapeutic gains. Clinicians will welcome the many case examples as well as the specific, step-by-step guidance in such areas as therapeutic letter writing and report writing. Drawing on his extensive experience as a consultant to organizations, Madsen also includes an unusual chapter on how to address organizational issues and professional expectations in order to function effectively in partnership with families."--Rachel T. Hare-Mustin, PhD, coauthor of Making a Difference: Psychology and the Construction of Gender

"This second edition of Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families couldn't be more timely. Why? It goes to the heart of the most venerable tradition of social work concern--providing services and support to families in crisis, in the face of diminished resources and continually shifting mandates. Simultaneously, the book provides practice guidance based on approaches that deeply engage postmodern scholarship and its implicit politics. Recently, social work as a profession has become dispirited. This book breathes new life into its moral and political foundations."--David Epston, MA, Family Therapy Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

"In this second edition of his groundbreaking book, Madsen captures the joys and heartaches of working with multi-stressed families living in frequent crisis. Although the book is filled with useful ideas and specific therapeutic practices, its primary gift is more fundamental and profound: Madsen offers a compassionate, attentive, slowed-down way of being in relation to families in urgent situations that embodies the deepest respect, care, appreciation, and enjoyment of them as full persons, rather than as narrowly described bearers of problems. This engaging book is essential reading for all mental health, social service, health, education, legal, and other professionals who work with families in distress. Like the previous edition, it will hold a central place in my doctoral-level course in family therapy."--Peter Fraenkel, PhD, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, City College of the City University of New York

"This new edition is invaluable for all human service practitioners working with multi-stressed, under-resourced families. Too often therapy, like family life, can become problem-saturated, leaving clients and workers feeling overwhelmed and defeated. Madsen's strengths-oriented, collaborative approach addresses cultural and institutional constraints as it develops clients' potential to envision and realize more empowering life stories and possibilities. This book's clear, practical guidelines and case illustrations will be immediately useful for both beginning and seasoned therapists."--Froma Walsh, PhD, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
"In this era of manualized social work 'treatment,' it is both refreshing and essential to have a textbook that encourages progressive thinking. Madsen's approach integrates the dominant themes in social work education--such as best practices and an emphasis on assessing outcome--with progressive ideas adopted from narrative and solution-focused approaches. The result is a text that offers students an opportunity to think about process, relationship, and use of self, at the same time as it emphasizes contemporary priorities."--April Fletcher, MSW, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work

Journal of Family Therapy

"The most refreshing aspect of this book is that it pays more than lip-service to genuinely working 'with' families; it is also brimming with motivating clinical case material and is written in an easily readable style....[A] thread of connectedness to professionals' everyday experience runs throughout."--Journal of Family Therapy
Best Practices in Mental Health

"Madsen's writing style is very conversational and engaging. His years of practice and supervisory experience are evident in his ability to make salient points regarding practice. The text is rich with diverse examples illustrating key concepts. Madsen clearly links his framework to the theory and models he is building upon. He maintains a strong connection among ideas, creating an intuitive flow from beginning to end. With this strong connection, each chapter could easily stand alone. Because the book emphasizes collaborative work, the client-centered outcomes in this text could be used in many fields where person-centered approaches are practiced. Beyond the arenas of counseling and family therapy, professionals in the fields of education, medicine, nursing, and even business could benefit from the ideas presented in this book."--Best Practices in Mental Health
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593854348
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/22/2007
  • Series: Guilford Family Therapy Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 336,686
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

William C. Madsen, PhD, is the Director of the Training Program in Collaborative and Narrative Therapies at the Family Institute of Cambridge and the Director of the Family-Centered Services Project, an organizational change initiative dedicated to helping state organizations and community agencies develop more respectful and responsive ways of interacting with clients and families. Over the past 25 years, he has developed and administered many innovative programs, and currently provides training and consultation regarding collaborative approaches to therapy and the development of institutional cultures that support family-centered work.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Reflective Practice in Frenzied Times
1. Working with Multi-Stressed Families: Recognizing the Importance of Relational Stance
2. What We See Is What We Get: Reexamining Our Assessment Process
3. Collaboration Is a Two-Way Street: Engaging Reluctant Families
4. Developing a Proactive Vision to Guide Clinical Work: Collaborative Therapy Contracts
5. Collaborative Inquiry: An Anthropological Approach to "Intervening" with Families
6. Examining the Relationship between Clients and the Problems in Their Lives
7. Helping Clients Shift Their Relationship to Problems and Develop Preferred Lives
8. Developing Communities to Support New Lives
9. Solidifying New Lives through Therapeutic Documents
10. Sustaining a Collaborative Practice in the "Real" World
Appendices: A. One Example of a Strength-Based Assessment Outline. B. Questions to Assess Externalized Problems Rather Than Families. C. Considerations in Collaborative Therapy Contracts. D. An Interview Outline to Consolidate Alternative Stories. E. Coauthoring Termination/Consolidation Summaries with Clients.

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