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This edition emphasizes contemporary approaches such as narrative and solution-focused therapies, and highlights such issues as poverty, social class, ethnicity, and spirituality. There is more emphasis on clinical practice, with clinical examples added throughout the book. There are new chapters on Integrative Models (Chapter 13) and on Research in Family Therapy (Chapter 15). The new chapter on Integrative Models includes information on working with family violence and conducting community family therapy. For anyone interested in family therapy.

Covers foundations & evolution of family therapy, Bowen family systems therapy, experimental therapy, etc.

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Editorial Reviews

The full scope of family therapy is described, including its history, the classic schools, and recent developments. Revisions include an expanded treatment of the cognitive-behavioral approach, a richer description of the research literature, and a more thorough and consistent emphasis on clinical techniques throughout. Chapters cover Bowen, experiential, psychoanalytic, and structural family therapy; the evolution of brief therapy; narrative therapy; integrative models; comparative analysis; and family therapy research. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"In this volume, Mike Nichols tells the story of family therapy - and tells it very well. It's hard to imagine a more readable and informative guide to the field. . . . It is a thorough and thoughtful, fair and balanced guide to the ideas and techniques that make family therapy such an exciting enterprise. Dr. Nichols has managed to be comprehensive without being tedious. Perhaps the secret is the engaging style of his writing . . . this superb book has long set the standard of excellence as the best introduction and guide to the practice of family therapy."

Salvador Minuchin, M.D.Boca Raton, FL

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205543205
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/23/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael P. Nichols is a professor at the College of William and Mary. Dr. Nichols received his B.A. from the University of WIsconsin, and his P.h.D. from the University of Rochester. He teaches and practices family therapy, and is the author of numerous journal articles and books, inlucdingInside Family Therapy, The Lost Art of Listening, Stop Arguing with Your Kids, and Essentials of Family Therapy. He is co-author, along with Salvador Minuchin and Wai-Yung Lee, of the newly published Assessing Families and Couples: From Symptom to System.
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Table of Contents

Major Events in the History of Family Therapy
Pt. 1 The Context of Family Therapy
1 The Foundations of Family Therapy 1
2 The Evolution of Family Therapy 10
3 Early Models and Basic Techniques: Group Process and Communications Analysis 51
4 The Fundamental Concepts of Family Therapy 91
Pt. 2 The Classic Schools of Family Therapy
5 Bowen Family Systems Therapy 119
6 Strategic Family Therapy 149
7 Structural Family Therapy 176
8 Experiential Family Therapy 204
9 Psychoanalytic Family Therapy 227
10 Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapy 252
Pt. 3 Recent Developments in Family Therapy
11 Family Therapy in the Twenty-First Century 288
12 Solution-Focused Therapy 312
13 Narrative Therapy 329
14 Integrative Models 347
Pt. 4 The Evaluation of Family Therapy
15 Comparative Analysis 367
16 Advances in Family Therapy Research 395
App. A: Recommended Readings 436
App. B: Glossary 438
App. C: Careers and Training 446
Credits 453
Name Index 455
Subject Index 471
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  • Posted September 27, 2010

    Not selling this one back!

    Great book! I will definitely be keeping this book, as I move forward with my MFT career. It will be very useful and a great reference for future questions I may have. Not selling this one back!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2010

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    Many clients worry or have the wrong idea of Family Therapy. This was helpful to have to break the anxiety and as a recourse. Amber Kuntz

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    Excellent material

    I needed this for college. Excellent information. Even i understood what was being said.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2010

    Easy read

    This textbook was used in a Marriage and Family Theories course, in addition to another family theories book. I felt this was an easy to read book with pertinent material in exploring family systems and counseling practices. It was useful in developing a stronger understanding of theories in psychology practices, but more specifically, in exploring various theorists and their counseling styles. I especially liked the examples and case studies provided, as it brought to light the intricacies of how theory and counseling practices actually play out in a therapeutic setting. In addition, it was helpful to get a better sense of when to utilize one technique or another.

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