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Overview

Illustrates family therapy techniques.

With its clinical focus and extremely practical presentation, The Essentials of Family Therapy, 6/e examines the rich history, classic schools, and latest developments in family therapy. The sixth edition is edited to focus more on the contemporary clinical practice and case studies illustrating family therapy techniques. Written by a leading family therapist, descriptions of the various models are based on actual experience.

This title is available in a variety of formats — digital and print. Pearson offers its titles on the devices students love through Pearson’s MyLab products, CourseSmart, Amazon, and more.

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Utilize various family therapy techniques.
  • Recognize the techniques of successful contemporaries in the field.
  • Understand why research has failed to influence clinical practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205249008
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/21/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 125,284
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael P. Nichols has been a leading teacher and practitioner of family therapy for 40 years. He trained with Salvador Minuchin and Murray Brown and has worked with many leaders of the various schools. He’s written a number of books, including the most respected textbook in family therapy, Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, as well as the best-selling The Lost Art of Listening, and, most recently, Assessing Families and Couples: From Symptom to System (with Salvador Minuchin and Wai-Yung Lee). He currently teaches at the College of William and Mary. He is also a national champion powerlifter.

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PREFACE:

One thing that tends to get lost in academic discussions of family therapy is the feeling of accomplishment that comes from sitting down with an unhappy family and being able to help them. Beginning therapists are understandably anxious about how to proceed and not sure they'll know how to be helpful. ("How do you get all of them to come in?") Veterans often speak in abstractions. They have opinions and discuss big social issues — social constructionsim, postmodernism, managed care, second-order cybernetics. While it's tempting to use this space to say Important Things, I prefer to be a little more personal. Treating troubled families has given me the deepest satisfaction imaginable, and I hope that the same is, or will be, true for you.

In this first edition of The Essentials of Family Therapy we've tried to describe the full scope of family therapy — its rich history, the classical schools, the latest developments — but with more emphasis on clinical practice than history and theory. There are lots of changes in this version: more up-to-date descriptions of the latest models, an expanded treatment of basic clinical practice, a richer description of the contemporary influences on the field, and a more thorough and consistent emphasis on clinical techniques throughout.

When you read about therapy it can be hard to see past the jargon and political packaging to the essential ideas and practices. So, in preparing this volume, we've traveled widely to visit and observe the actual sessions of the leading practitioners. The result is a more pragmatic, clinical focus. We hope you like it.

So manypeople have contributed to my development as a family therapist and to the writing of this book that it's impossible to thank them all. But I would like to single out a few. To the people who taught me family therapy — Lyman Wynne, Murray Bowen, and Salvador Minuchin — thank you.

Some of the people who went out of their way to help us prepare this book were Jay Efran, Stephanie Fellenberg, Frank Dattilio, Robert Taibbi, JoEllen Patterson, Joseph Miccuci, Paul Nichols, Insoo Berg, Cheryl Rampage, Kathy Weingarten, Vicki Dickerson, Jeff Zimmerman, Cloe Madanes, Jay Haley, and Salvador Minuchin. To paraphrase John, Paul, George, and Ringo, we get by with a lot of help from our friends — and we thank them all and one.

We are especially grateful to Janice Wiggins, Judy Fifer, and Susan McIntyre at Allyn and Bacon for making a hard job easier.

Finally, I would like to thank my postgraduate instructors in family life: my wife, Melody, and my children, Sandy and Paul. In the brief span of thirty-three Melody has seen me grow from a shy young man, totally ignorant of how to be a husband and father, to a shy middle-aged man, still bewildered and still trying. Sandy and Paul never cease to amaze me. My little red-haired girl (who can bench press like a football player) is about to return to the States after two and a half years of service in the Peace Corps. Proud of her? You bet I am! And my son Paul, to whom (masculine reticence being what it is) maybe I haven't always shown the depth of my love, has grown to young manhood true to himself, true to his friends, and true to his mother and me. If in my wildest dreams I had imagined children to love and be proud of, I wouldn't even have come close to any as fine as Sandy and Paul.

Michael P. Nichols
Williamsburg, Virginia

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Table of Contents

In this Section:
1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents

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BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Part One: The Context of Family Therapy

Chapter 1: The Foundations of Family Therapy

Chapter 2: The Evolution of Family Therapy

Chapter 3: Basic Techniques of Family Therapy

Chapter 4: The Fundamental Concepts of Family Therapy

Part Two: The Classic Schools of Family Therapy

Chapter 5: Bowen Family Systems Therapy

Chapter 6: Strategic Family Therapy

Chapter 7: Structural Family Therapy

Chapter 8: Experiential Family Therapy

Chapter 9: Psychoanalytic Family Therapy

Chapter 10: Cognitive-Behavior Family Therapy

Part Three: Recent Developments in Family Therapy

Chapter 11: Family Therapy in the Twenty-First Century

Chapter 12: Solution-Focused Therapy

Chapter 13: Narrative Therapy

Part Four: The Evaluation of Family Therapy

Chapter 14: Comparative Analysis

Chapter 15: Research on Family Intervention

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FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Part One: The Context of Family Therapy

Chapter 1: The Foundations of Family Therapy

The Myth of the Hero

Psychotherapeutic Sanctuary

Family Versus Individual Therapy

The Power of Family Therapy

Chapter 2: The Evolution of Family Therapy

The Undeclared War

Small Group Dynamics

The Child Guidance Movement

Research on Family Dynamics and the Etiology of Schizophrenia

Marriage Counseling

From Research to Treatment: The Pioneers of Family Therapy

The Golden Age of Family Therapy

Chapter 3: Basic Techniques of Family Therapy

The Stages of Family Therapy

Family Assessment

The Ethical Dimension

Family Therapy with Specific Presenting Problems

Chapter 4: The Fundamental Concepts of Family Therapy

Cybernetics

Systems Theory

Social Constructionism

Attachment Theory

The Working Concepts of Family Therapy

Part Two: The Classic Schools of Family Therapy

Chapter 5: Bowen Family Systems Therapy

Evolution of the Model

The Basic Model

Therapy

Current Status of the Model

Chapter 6: Strategic Family Therapy

Evolution of the Model

The Basic Model

Current Status of the Model

Chapter 7: Structural Family Therapy

Evolution of the Model

The Basic Model

Therapy

Current Status of the Model

Chapter 8: Experiential Family Therapy

Evolution of the Model

The Basic Model

Therapy

Chapter 9: Psychoanalytic Family Therapy

Evolution of the Model

The Basic Model

Therapy

Current Status of the Model

Chapter 10: Cognitive-Behavior Family Therapy

Evolution of the Model

The Basic Model

Therapy

Current Status of the Model

Part Three: Recent Developments in Family Therapy

Chapter 11: Family Therapy in the Twenty-First Century

Erosion of Boundaries

Postmodernism

The Feminist Critique

Feminist Family Therapy

Social Constructionism and the Narrative Revolution

Family Violence

Multiculturalism

Race

Poverty and Social Class

Gay and Lesbian Rights

Advances in Neuroscience

Spirituality

Tailoring Treatment to Populations and Problems

Home-Based Services

Psychoeducation and Medical Family Therapy

Relationship Enrichment Programs

Chapter 12: Solution-Focused Therapy

Accentuating the Positive

Evolution of the Model

The Basic Model

Therapy

Current Status of the Model

Chapter 13: Narrative Therapy

Evolution of the Model

The Basic Model

Therapy

Current Status of the Model

Part Four: The Evaluation of Family Therapy

Chapter 14: Comparative Analysis

Theoretical Formulations

Normal Family Development

Development of Behavior Disorders

Therapy

Integrative Models

Chapter 15: Research on Family Intervention

The Science of Clinical Practice

Research and Practice: Worlds Apart

Methodological Challenges in Studying the Effectiveness of Family

Therapy

Research Findings on the Effectiveness of Family-Focused

Interventions

Family Therapy Process Research

Future Directions

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Preface

One thing that tends to get lost in academic discussions of family therapy is the feeling of accomplishment that comes from sitting down with an unhappy family and being able to help them. Beginning therapists are understandably anxious about how to proceed and not sure they'll know how to be helpful. ("How do you get all of them to come in?") Veterans often speak in abstractions. They have opinions and discuss big social issues — social constructionsim, postmodernism, managed care, second-order cybernetics. While it's tempting to use this space to say Important Things, I prefer to be a little more personal. Treating troubled families has given me the deepest satisfaction imaginable, and I hope that the same is, or will be, true for you.

In this first edition of The Essentials of Family Therapy we've tried to describe the full scope of family therapy — its rich history, the classical schools, the latest developments — but with more emphasis on clinical practice than history and theory. There are lots of changes in this version: more up-to-date descriptions of the latest models, an expanded treatment of basic clinical practice, a richer description of the contemporary influences on the field, and a more thorough and consistent emphasis on clinical techniques throughout.

When you read about therapy it can be hard to see past the jargon and political packaging to the essential ideas and practices. So, in preparing this volume, we've traveled widely to visit and observe the actual sessions of the leading practitioners. The result is a more pragmatic, clinical focus. We hope you like it.

So many peoplehave contributed to my development as a family therapist and to the writing of this book that it's impossible to thank them all. But I would like to single out a few. To the people who taught me family therapy — Lyman Wynne, Murray Bowen, and Salvador Minuchin — thank you.

Some of the people who went out of their way to help us prepare this book were Jay Efran, Stephanie Fellenberg, Frank Dattilio, Robert Taibbi, JoEllen Patterson, Joseph Miccuci, Paul Nichols, Insoo Berg, Cheryl Rampage, Kathy Weingarten, Vicki Dickerson, Jeff Zimmerman, Cloe Madanes, Jay Haley, and Salvador Minuchin. To paraphrase John, Paul, George, and Ringo, we get by with a lot of help from our friends — and we thank them all and one.

We are especially grateful to Janice Wiggins, Judy Fifer, and Susan McIntyre at Allyn and Bacon for making a hard job easier.

Finally, I would like to thank my postgraduate instructors in family life: my wife, Melody, and my children, Sandy and Paul. In the brief span of thirty-three Melody has seen me grow from a shy young man, totally ignorant of how to be a husband and father, to a shy middle-aged man, still bewildered and still trying. Sandy and Paul never cease to amaze me. My little red-haired girl (who can bench press like a football player) is about to return to the States after two and a half years of service in the Peace Corps. Proud of her? You bet I am! And my son Paul, to whom (masculine reticence being what it is) maybe I haven't always shown the depth of my love, has grown to young manhood true to himself, true to his friends, and true to his mother and me. If in my wildest dreams I had imagined children to love and be proud of, I wouldn't even have come close to any as fine as Sandy and Paul.

Michael P. Nichols
Williamsburg, Virginia

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