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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Geri R. Donenberg, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is a practical guide for working with families, couples, and individuals within a family context. Book chapters review the phases of family therapy and potential therapist concerns at each phase (e.g., establishing rapport, getting unstuck). Specific steps in doing family therapy are described clearly, and the book is rich with clinical examples. Throughout the book, therapists are challenged to trust what they know and to learn about what they do not know.
Purpose: The goal is to help beginning family therapists learn about the basics of family therapy and to discover their own style of working with families. The objectives are worthy, and this primer accomplishes its goals.
Audience: This book appears to be written primarily for beginning family therapists, but it may also be of interest to experienced clinicians looking for new ideas from a seasoned professional. The author has worked with families for 23 years, and he is widely published in the areas of clinical practice, supervision, and family life.
Features: Subtitles help organize topic areas within chapters. Exercises designed to make the material personally relevant for therapists are provided at the end of most chapters. An extensive Suggested Readings list is provided along with descriptions of each reference. No published writing is referenced in the book, however, and no author index is provided.
Assessment: This highly practical book is a useful addition to the family therapy literature, but the absence of references to previous theory and research throughout the book is a weakness. The book elucidates important skills involved in doing family therapy and provides hands-on suggestions for working with multiple systems. Respect is given to the variety of approaches available, and therapists are encouraged to practice according to their own personality, values, and style.