Essential Skills in Family Therapy, Second Edition: From the First Interview to Termination / Edition 2

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Overview

Family therapists commonly experience a host of nervous feelings when they begin their clinical work. Even after intensive classroom study, students often feel unprepared to address such fundamental questions as:

What am I supposed to say to the client?

What is the best way to organize all the information from each session?

When do I need to come up with a diagnosis?

Can I actually help clients when I feel so inadequate?

How will I know whether therapy is working?

Readable and concise yet immensely informative, this bestselling text prepares students and new therapists to work confidently and effectively in real-world clinical practice with families. The authors offer empathic guidance on everything from intake and assessment to treatment planning, the nuts and bolts of specific interventions, the nuances of establishing a therapeutic relationship, and how to troubleshoot when treatment gets "stuck." They help the novice clinician navigate typical dilemmas and concerns, and spell out the basics of therapist self-care. Special topics include treating clients with mental disorders, the role of psychotropic medications in family therapy, and how to get the most out of supervision.

The second edition has been updated throughout to reflect current clinical findings and practices. It features many new or revised case examples and new topics, such as "Dealing with Clients We Dislike." With a heightened focus on theoretical integration, the book shows how to flexibly draw on multiple theories and techniques according to the family's needs and strengths and the therapist's skills.

Combining key principles for practice with eminently useful "how-to" information, thiscomprehensive guide is essential reading for beginning family therapists. It is an ideal text for direct practice and therapy courses within family therapy, social work, clinical psychology, and counseling programs.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This book is every beginning family therapist’s bible. The second edition updates the family therapy knowledge base and presents the essential skills needed for clinical success. It makes complex theory easy to grasp and the related techniques easy to implement. I enthusiastically recommend this excellent text."--Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, The Dr. Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families and Health and Director, Institute for the Family, University of Rochester Medical Center

"As a teacher and supervisor of marriage and family therapy, I consider this my essential text for encouraging and nourishing the developing skills of our graduate students. The text not only normalizes beginning-therapist anxiety, but it is also a vehicle for growth and self-awareness, both in the classroom and in group supervision. Every student of family therapy should read this book as part of their training."--Kristina S. Brown, PhD, LMFT, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute

"A perennial favorite, Essential Skills in Family Therapy provides real world skills to students for their first session and beyond. This is one of the few textbooks my students take to their field placements and refer to again and again."--Diane R. Gehart, PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, California State University, Northridge
 
"An indispensable resource for clinicians interested in the basic operations of doing family therapy. The book's integrative framework blends clinical expertise with evidence-based practice and the characteristics, preferences, and context of the family. This second edition offers invaluable practical resources at the end of each chapter. For example, the assessment chapter concludes with useful guides that range from general assessment to the specifics of evaluating suicide risk, substance abuse, and mental status, as well as the parameters for holistic and spiritual assessment. Your students will be forever grateful for this book. This splendid second edition raises the bar on introductory texts for graduate-level courses in family therapy."--Guillermo Bernal, PhD, Director, Institute for Psychological Research, University of Puerto Rico
 

"Essential Skills in Family Therapy is packed full of the information that beginning family therapists want to know once they actually start seeing clients. This impressive second edition has been enhanced even further with updates and the addition of new topics of vital clinical importance. It is an unparalleled 'almanac' of clinical issues for new family therapists, especially those practicing in a context of multidisciplinary collaboration. My recommendation of this book to our trainees now will be even stronger!"--Wayne H. Denton, MD, PhD, Director, Family Studies Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
 
"Patterson et al. provide exactly the kind of hands-on, 'what-to-do' guidance that every beginning family therapist needs. Even better than the original text, the second edition succinctly covers all the most important topics in family therapy practice from a broad perspective that fits well with nearly any theoretical orientation. Nicely organized, the book takes the reader from before the first session through assessment, treatment planning, intervention, and termination. It also provides guidance about such specific topics as couple therapy and working with families in the context of individual difficulties. This is the best available book of its kind for the beginning family therapist, and should be a core text for introductory graduate classes."--Jay Lebow, PhD, The Family Institute at Northwestern University

Journal for the Study of Marriage and Spirituality

"A very rich and practical volume for students and beginning therapists. I imagine it helps many to overcome initial problems. The outline is very clear and helpful to get a better grasp at the practice of therapy....A very practical and useful book for beginners and essential for every course on therapy in general and family therapy in particular."--Journal for the Study of Marriage and Spirituality
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606233054
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/31/2009
  • Series: The Guilford Family Therapy Series Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 150,814
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

JoEllen Patterson, PhD, is Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.

Lee Williams, PhD, is Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego and does couple therapy with veterans at the VA San Diego Medical Center.

Todd M. Edwards, PhD, is Associate Professor and Director of the Marital and Family Therapy Program at the University of San Diego and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.

Larry Chamow, PhD, is Clinical Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego and is in full-time private practice at the Pacific Family Institute in Carlsbad, California.

Claudia Grauf-Grounds, PhD, is Professor and Chair of Marriage and Family Therapy at Seattle Pacific University and a clinical faculty member at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, Douglas H. Sprenkle

1. The Beginning Family Therapist: Taking On the Challenge

2. Before the Initial Interview

3. The Initial Interview

4. Guidelines for Conducting Assessment

5. Developing a Treatment Focus

6. Basic Treatment Skills and Interventions

7. Working with Families and Children

8. Working with Couples

9. When a Family Member Has a Mental Illness

10. Getting Unstuck in Therapy

11. Termination

12. Family Therapy in the Future: Pertinent Issues for Beginning Clinicians

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    Very good-practical and helpful

    This does give you skills- not a bunch of theory. It assumes you have some knowledge of systems (those who would buy this book would) and goes through a general (typical) family therapy session step-by-step.

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