Family Therapies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal

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Overview

Christian therapists doing family therapy have never had a resource to help them navigate the various family therapy theories from a Christian perspective—until now.

In this book Mark A. Yarhouse and James N. Sells survey the major approaches to family therapy and treat, within a Christian framework, significant psychotherapeutic issues. The wide array of issues covered includes crisis and traumamarital conflictseparation, divorce and blended familiesindividual psychopathologysubstance abuse and addictionsgender, culture, economic class and racesexual identity
Calling for an integrated approach of "responsible eclecticism," they conclude with a vision for Christian family therapy.

A landmark work providing critical Christian engagement with existing models of family therapy, this volume was written for those studying counseling, social work, psychology or family therapy. Family Therapies will also serve as an indispensable resource for those in the mental health professions, including counselors, psychologists, family therapists, social workers and pastors.

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Editorial Reviews

Everett L. Worthington Jr.
"Yarhouse and Sells have created a masterpiece work analyzing approaches to family therapies. This is going to be a new classic, matching the accomplishment of Jones and Butman's analysis of psychotherapies in their book, Modern Psychotherapies."
Siang-Yang Tan
"Mark Yarhouse and James Sells have written a very helpful book that is comprehensive, biblically based and well-written. I highly recommend it as an excellent text for those interested in a Christian approach to family therapy."
Mark R. McMinn
"In Family Therapies, Yarhouse and Sells provide an important resource for Christian scholars and therapists. The first two sections provide a thoughtful foundation and Christian critique of existing therapy models, reminiscent of what Stanton L. Jones and Richard E. Butman accomplished in their classic book, Modern Psychotherapies, but with a focus on models of family therapy. The third section, which could have been a book on its own, looks at contemporary issues in relation to a Christian perspective on family therapy. The final section casts a vision for an integrative model of family therapy. This is a significant book that will help shape the training and practice of Christian therapists."
Gary J. Oliver
"Yarhouse and Sells have written a practical, concise, invaluable, one- of-a-kind resource that integrates biblical, theological, psychological, theoretical, clinical and practical resources in ways that help the reader look at the family and family therapy through different lenses and better understand the individual in the context of their broader family system.This book will be read and reread by a broad audience."
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Meet the Author

Mark A. Yarhouse (Psy.D., Wheaton College) is professor of psychology and Hughes Chair of Christian Thought in Mental Health Practice at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. A licensed clinical psychologist, he serves as an adjunct faculty member of both the Institute for Sexual Wholeness in Atlanta, Georgia, and the psychology department of Wheaton College Graduate School.

He has written extensively for such professional publications as American Journal of Family Therapy, Marriage & Family: A Christian Journal, Mental Health, Religion & Culture, Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Psychotherapy, Professional Psychology: Research & Practice and Christian Scholar's Review. His other books include Ex-Gays? A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation,coauthored with Stanton L. Jones, Modern Psychopathologies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal, coauthored with Richard E. Butman and Barrett W. McRay, Sexual Identity Synthesis: A Guide to Living in the Time Between the Times, coauthored with Lori A. Burkett, Sexual Identity Synthesis: Attributions, Meaning-Making and the Search for Congruence, coauthored with Erica S. N. Tan, and Homosexuality: The Use of Scientific Research in the Church's Moral Debate, coauthored with Stanton L. Jones.

James N. Sells (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is professor of counseling and director of the Ph.D. program in counselor education and supervision at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he has taught since 2005. He has served on the faculties of Northern Illinois University and West Texas A&M University, and he is also a licensed psychologist.

His research, private practice and teaching seminars have focused on marital conflict, reconciliation and forgiveness. Additionally, he has published work in clinical supervision, individual and group psychotherapy, and international applications of the counsling profession. Sells's research has been published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Counseling and Development, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, The Family Journal, Journal of Family Therapy and Journal of College Student Development.

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Table of Contents

Preface Part 1: Foundational Considerations
1. A Christian Understanding for Family Therapy
2. Historical Foundations of Family TherapyPart 2: Models of Family Therapy
3. Bowenian Family Therapy
4. Strategic Family Therapy
5. Structural Family Therapy
6. Psychodynamic Family Therapy
7. Contextual Family Therapy
8. Experiential Family Therapy
9.. Solution-Focused Family Therapy
10. Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapy
11. Narrative Family Therapy
12. Toward an Integrative Christian Family TherapyPart 3: Integration of Family Theory with Critical Issues in Psychotherapy
13. Crisis and Trauma
14. Attending to Marital Conflict
15. Separation, Divorce and Remarriage
16. Individual Psychopathology
17. Substance Abuse
18. Gender, Culture, Economic Class and Race
19. Sexual Identity Part 4: Casting a Vision
20. Casting a Vision for Christian Family Therapy
Author Index
Subject Index

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