Family Therapy: A Systemic Integration / Edition 8

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Overview

A comprehensive, user-friendly guide to marriage and family therapy that takes a holistic view to look at people within the context of their environment.

Family Therapy helps students understand the process of shifting from an individual psychology paradigm to a cybernetic or systems paradigm. The text is divided into three sections: "The Systemic Framework," "The Practice of Family Therapy," and "The Systemic Practitioner,” and it includes historical information, current developments, and ongoing debates.

Various family and developmental theories are examined. The family therapy models considered include psychodynamic, natural systems, experiential, structural, communications, strategic, behavioral/cognitive, and several post-modern approaches. Assessment, intervention, training and supervision, research, and epistemological challenges are discussed within the context of practice.

Upon completing this book readers will be able to:

  • Describe and compare various family therapy models
  • Discuss practical applications for different family and developmental theories
  • Review and assess unique family systems to determine the appropriate family therapy model
  • Understand how concepts with the same name differ in meaning at different levels (i.e. 1st order versus 2nd order cybernetics)

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Covers the paradigmatic shift of systems theory/ therapeutic intervention & strategies/behavioral approaches.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“The organization was helpful. I especially liked the questions at the end of each chapter; they should increase students' abilities to apply the material to case examples.”

-Farrah Hughes, Francis Marion University

“It is a great source book for me as an educator, therapist and researcher.”

-Cynthia Faulkner, Morehead State University

Booknews
A course text explaining the basic tenets of systems theory and how it is applied to family therapy. First published in 1988, and here revised from the 1996 edition with discussions of two different histories and projections of the field, the influence of postmodernism on family therapy, a more broadly defined family, and other topics. Suggested reading lists and many of the therapy modalities have been moved to the instructor's manual. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
From The Critics
Providing a survey of the field, this textbook emphasizes a systematic theoretical perspective on marriage and family therapy. It outlines a systematic-cybernetic framework which seeks to understand people in the context of their environment. Vignettes, examples, current research findings, and applications illustrate the theories described and their implications for therapeutic practice. The authors have doctoral degrees, but no other credentials are noted. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205168132
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 414,067
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dorothy S. Becvar, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University. A Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she also has maintained a private practice, either full or part-time, since 1980 and is President/CEO of The Haelan Centers®, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to facilitating growth and wholeness in body, mind and spirit. Dorothy has published extensively and in addition to many journal articles and book chapters is the author of three books, and the editor of two books. With her husband, Raphael J. Becvar, she has co-authored four books and is co-editor with others of two additional books. She has just completed a five-year term as Editor of Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal, and is a member of the editorial boards of several professional journals.

Raphael J. (Ray) Becvar received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He has been a Professor at St. Louis University, Texas Tech University, Lindenwood University, and the University of Louisiana, Monroe where he held the Distinguished Scholar’s Endowed Chair in Marital and Family Therapy. At St. Louis University and the University of Louisiana, Monroe he developed doctoral programs in Marital and Family Therapy. He has been a part-time faculty member of Walden University since 2000 in Health and Human Services. Ray’s philosophical/theoretical interests include systems theory, postmodernism, social constructionism, and constructivism as applied to work in Health and Human Services, Marriage and Family Therapy and Education. He has authored/coauthored 10 books as well as numerous articles in professional and popular journals. He maintains a small private practice specializing in Marital and Family Therapy.

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Table of Contents

Found in this Section:

1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents


1. BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

PART 1 THE SYSTEMIC FRAMEWORK

Chapter 1: Two Different Worldviews

Chapter 2: The Historical Perspective

Chapter 3: The Paradigmatic Shift of Systems Theory

Chapter 4: Postmodernism and Family Therapy

Chapter 5: The Family: Process, Development, and Context

PART 2 THE PRACTICE OF FAMILY THERAPY

Chapter 6: Psychodynamic Approaches

Chapter 7: Natural Systems Theory

Chapter 8: Experiential Approaches

Chapter 9: The Structural Approach

Chapter 10: Communication Approaches

Chapter 11: Strategic Approaches and the Milan Influence

Chapter 12: Behavioral/Cognitive Approaches

Chapter 13: Postmodern Approaches

PART 3 THE SYSTEMIC PRACTITIONER

Chapter 14: Family Assessment

Chapter 15: Therapeutic Intervention/Perturbation

Chapter 16: Training and Supervision

Chapter 17: Research in Family Therapy

Chapter 18: Epistemological Challenges: Thinking About Our Thinking

References

Name Index

Subject Index


2. FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

PART 1 THE SYSTEMIC FRAMEWORK

Chapter 1: Two Different Worldviews

The Framework of Individual Psychology

The Framework of Systemic Family Therapy

Basic Concepts of Systems Theory and Cybernetics

Family Therapy or Relationship Therapy?

Summary

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Chapter 2: The Historical Perspective

Planting the Seeds: The 1940s

Cybernetics

Development of Interdisciplinary Approaches

Gregory Bateson

Putting Down Roots: The 1950s

Bateson (Continued)

The Double-Bind Hypothesis

Nathan Ackerman

Murray Bowen

Carl Whitaker

Theodore Lidz

Lyman Wynne

Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy

John Elderkin Bell

Christian F. Midelfort

Overview of the 1950s

The Plant Begins to Bud: The 1960s

Paradigm Shift

The MRI

Salvador Minuchin

Other Developments

Blossom Time: The 1970s

Psychodynamic Approaches

Natural Systems Theory

Experiential Approaches

Structural Approaches

Strategic Approaches

Communication Approaches

Behavioral Approaches

Gregory Bateson

Connecting and Integrating: The 1980s

Other Voices

The Limits of History

Controversy, Conflict, and Beyond: The 1990s

The Feminist Critique

Family Therapy and Family Medicine

Integration and Metaframeworks

Managed Care

The Twenty-First Century: Continuing Concerns and Emerging Trends

Summary

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Chapter 3: The Paradigmatic Shift of Systems Theory

A Cybernetic Epistemology

Recursion

Feedback

Morphostasis/Morphogenesis

Rules and Boundaries

Openness/Closedness

Entropy/Negentropy

Equifinality/Equipotentiality

Communication and Information Processing

Relationship and Wholeness

Goals and Purposes

Cybernetics of Cybernetics

Wholeness and Self-Reference

Openness and Closedness

Autopoiesis

Structural Determinism

Structural Coupling and Nonpurposeful Drift

Epistemology of Participation

Reality as a Multiverse

Summary

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Chapter 4: Postmodernism and Family Therapy

Postmodernism in Historical Perspective

Constructivism and Social Constructionism

Deconstruction and the Role of Language

The Role of the Individual

The Debates

First-Order versus Second-Order Therapy

Postmodernism and Cybernetics

Self-Referential Inconsistencies and Other Challenges

The Role of the Family

Summary

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Chapter 5: The Family: Process, Development, and Context

Process Dimensions

Developmental Frameworks

Contextual Issues

Structural Variations

Cultural Variations/Cultural Competence

Other Diversity Issues

Ecological Considerations

Summary

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

PART 2 THE PRACTICE OF FAMILY THERAPY

Chapter 6: Psychodynamic Approaches

Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs

Theory of Health/Normalcy

Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions

Systemic Consistency

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective

Object Relations Family Therapy

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs

Theory of Health/Normalcy

Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions

Systemic Consistency

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Chapter 7: Natural Systems Theory

Murray Bowen

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs

Theory of Health/Normalcy

Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions

Systemic Consistency

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Chapter 8: Experiential Approaches

Carl Whitaker

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs

Theory of Health/Normalcy

Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions

Systemic Consistency

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective

Walter Kempler

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs

Theory of Health/Normalcy

Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions

Systemic Consistency

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Chapter 9: The Structural Approach

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs

Structure

Subsystems

Boundaries

The Family over Time

Structural Maps of the Family

Theory of Health/Normalcy

Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions

Goals of Structural Therapy

The Process of Change

Systemic Consistency

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Chapter 10: Communication Approaches

Early Researchers

Don D. Jackson

John H. Weakland

Paul Watzlawick

Review of Early Research

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs

Theory of Health/Normalcy

Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions

Systemic Consistency

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective

Virginia Satir

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs

Theory of Health/Normalcy

Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions

Systemic Consistency

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Chapter 11: Strategic Approaches and the Milan Influence

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs

Theory of Health/Normalcy

Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions

Two Examples

Jay Haley

Milan Systemic/Strategic Therapy

Systemic Consistency

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Chapter 12: Behavioral/Cognitive Approaches

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs

Definitions

Theory of Health/Normalcy

Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions

Traditional Behavioral Strategies/Interventions

Cognitive–Behavioral Strategies/Interventions

Four Examples

Behavioral Parent Training

Behavioral Marital Therapy

Functional Family Therapy

Conjoint Sex Therapy

Systemic Consistency

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Chapter 13: Postmodern Approaches

The Reflecting Team: Tom Andersen

Solution-Oriented Therapy: William O’Hanlon

Solution-Focused Therapy: Steve de Shazer

Externalization and Reauthoring Lives and Relationships: Michael White and David Epston

Therapeutic Conversations: Harlene Anderson and Harry Goolishian

Systemic Consistency

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

PART 3 THE SYSTEMIC PRACTITIONER

Chapter 14: Family Assessment

History

Family Assessment and Classification—General Models

Family Assessment and Classification—Scientific Approaches

Family Assessment and Classification—Some Concerns

Systemic Analysis/Multidimensional Assessment

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Chapter 15: Therapeutic Intervention/Perturbation

A Theory of Change

Reframing

Paradoxical Interventions

Problem Formation/Resolution

Stochastic Processes

Perturber versus Change Agent

Meaningful Noise

Language and Worldviews

Stability and Change

Information and Perturbation

The Theory of Change, Meaningful Noise, and the Postmodernist Perspective

Ethical Issues

AAMFT Code of Ethics

Ethics and Second-Order Cybernetics

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Chapter 16: Training and Supervision

Teaching and Learning the Systemic/Cybernetic Perspective

Supervision: Modalities, Myths, and Realities

Legal and Ethical Issues in Training and Supervision

Supervision from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Chapter 17: Research in Family Therapy

Family Therapy Research in the Logical Positivist Tradition

From Efficacy Research to Progress Research

Evidence Based Practice

A Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodernist Consideration of Quantitative and Qualitative Research

Systemic Consistency

The New Physics

Implications for the Social Sciences

Implications of a Cybernetic Perspective

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Chapter 18: Epistemological Challenges: Thinking About Our Thinking

Mind and Nature/Stories

Conceptual Pathologies

Problems Exist “Out There”

The Map Is the Territory

Defining Differences in Isolation

Independence/Autonomy and Unilateral Control

You Can Do Just One Thing

Control Is Possible

We Can Just Observe

The Paradox of Being a Systemic Therapist

Continuing Challenges

More on Teaching and Learning the Cybernetic Perspective

In Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

References

Name Index

Subject Index

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