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Family Therapy: A Systemic Integration provides a comprehensive overview of the field and its history utilizing a clear, complete systemic perspective. Unlike most other books in the field, this book considers all of the major approaches, evaluates systemic consistency of each, and allows the reader to decide which one is appropriate for him or her. This book recognizes challenges faced by students and provides encouragement and suggestions for dealing with these challenges. Focusing on the general ramifications and specific ethical issues emerging from the application of a systemic perspective, the authors consider and address philosophical issues of clinical practice and research, examine ethical issues from the perspective of second order cybernetics, and present a new approach to understanding family development through the life cycle. In this revised edition readers will find new information on recent developments in the field, psychodynamic approaches, evolving therapeutic models, and research.

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

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Editorial Reviews

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
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
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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205446940
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/12/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.08 (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

1 Two different worldviews 3
2 The historical perspective 14
3 The paradigmatic shift of systems theory 64
4 Postmodernism and family therapy 88
5 The family : process, development, and context 104
6 Psychodynamic approaches 131
7 Natural systems theory 145
8 Experiential approaches 158
9 The structural approach 173
10 Communication approaches 193
11 Strategic approaches and the Milan influence 206
12 Behavioral/cognitive approaches 233
13 Postmodern approaches 256
14 Family assessment 277
15 Therapeutic intervention and strategies 293
16 Training and supervision 319
17 Research in family therapy 330
18 Epistemological challenges : thinking about our thinking 351
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