Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods / Edition 10

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Overview

Mike Nichols' engaging yet thorough guide has long been the standard in family therapy.

The author describes and analyzes the field of family therapy, covering its history, schools, and developments. Numerous cases help readers appy theories to real situations and make the text even more engaging.

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Describe clinical approaches
  • Understand old and new developments in the field of family therapy
  • Analyze successes and failures in research and the impact on current clinical practices
  • Compare different schools of family therapy and explain the contemporary status of distinct schools of therapy

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

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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: 9780205827190
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/16/2012
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 60,941
  • Product dimensions: 17.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (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

IN THIS SECTION:

1.) BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS

2.) FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART ONE THE CONTEXT OF FAMILY THERAPY

Chapter 1 The Evolution of Family Therapy

Chapter 2 Basic Techniques of Family Therapy

Chapter 3 The Fundamental Concepts of Family Therapy Cybernetics

PART TWO THE CLASSIC SCHOOLS OF FAMILY THERAPY

Chapter 4 Bowen Family Systems Therapy

Chapter 5 Strategic Family Therapy

Chapter 6 Structural Family Therapy

Chapter 7 Experimental Family Therapy

Chapter 8 Psychoanalytic Family Therapy

Chapter 9 Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapy

Chapter 10 Family Therapy in the Twenty-First Century

PART THREE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN FAMILY THERAPY

Chapter 11 Solution-focused Therapy

Chapter 12 Narrative Therapy

Chapter 13 Comparative Analysis

Chapter 14 Research on Family Intervention


2. FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART ONE The Context of Family Therapy

Introduction The Foundations of Family Therapy

The Myth of the Hero

Psychotherapeutic Sanctuary

Family versus Individual Therapy

Psychology and Social Context

Thinking in Lines, Thinking in Circles

The Power of Family Therapy

Recommended Readings

Chapter 1: The Evolution of Family Therapy

The Undeclared War

Small Group Dynamics

The Child Guidance Movement

Research on Family Dynamics and the Etiology of Schizophrenia

Gregory Bateson–Palo Alto

Theodore Lidz–Yale

Lyman Wynne–National Institute of Mental Health

Role Theorists

Marriage Counseling

From Research to Treatment: The Pioneers of Family Therapy

John Bell

Palo Alto

Murray Bowen

Nathan Ackerman

Carl Whitaker

Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy

Salvador Minuchin

Other Early Centers of Family Therapy

The Golden Age of Family Therapy

Summary

Recommended Readings

References

Chapter 2: Basic Techniques of Family Therapy

Getting Started

The Initial Telephone Call

The First Interview

The Early Phase of Treatment

The Middle Phase of Treatment

Termination

Family Assessment

The Presenting Problem

Understanding the Referral Route

Identifying the Systemic Context

Stage of the Life Cycle

Family Structure

Communication

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

Extramarital Affairs

Gender

Culture

The Ethical Dimension

Family Therapy with Specific Presenting Problems

Marital Violence

Sexual Abuse of Children

Working with Managed Care

Summary

Recommended Readings

References

Chapter 3: The Fundamental Concepts of Family Therapy C ybernetics

Systems Theory

General Systems Theory

Social Constructionism

Constructivism

Attachment Theory

Conclusions

The Working Concepts of Family Therapy

Interpersonal Context

Complementarity

Circular Causality

Triangles

Process/Content

Family Structure

Family Life Cycle

Resistance

Family Narratives

Gender

Culture

Summary

Recommended Readings

References

P ART TWO The Classic Schools of Family Therapy

Chapter 4: Bowen Family Systems Therapy

Sketches of Leading Figures

Theoretical Formulations

Differentiation of Self

Emotional Triangles

Multigenerational Emotional Processes

Sibling Position

Emotional Cutoff

Societal Emotional Process

Normal Family Development

Development of Behavior Disorders

Goals of Therapy

Conditions for Behavior Change

Therapy

Assessment

Therapeutic Techniques

Evaluating Therapy Theory and Results

Summary

Recommended Readings

References

Chapter 5: Strategic Family Therapy

Sketches of Leading Figures

Theoretical Formulations

Normal Family Development

Development of Behavior Disorders

Goals of Therapy

Conditions for Behavior Change

Therapy

Assessment

Therapeutic Techniques

Evaluating Therapy Theory and Results

Summary

Recommended Readings

References

Chapter 6: Structural Family Therapy

Sketches of Leading Figures

Theoretical Formulations

Normal Family Development

Development of Behavior Disorders

Goals of Therapy

Conditions for Behavior Change

Therapy

Assessment

Therapeutic Techniques

Evaluating Therapy Theory and Results

Summary

Recommended Readings

References

Chapter 7: Experimental Family Therapy

Sketches of Leading Figures

Theoretical Formulations

Normal Family Development

Development of Behavior Disorders

Goals of Therapy

Conditions for Behavior Change

Therapy

Assessment

Therapeutic Techniques

Evaluating Therapy Theory and Results

Summary

Recommended Readings

References

Chapter 8: Psychoanalytic Family Therapy

Sketches of Leading Figures

Theoretical Formulations

Freudian Drive Psychology

Self Psychology

Object Relations Theory

Normal Family Development

Development of Behavior Disorders

Goals of Therapy

Conditions for Behavior Change

Therapy

Assessment

Evaluating Therapy Theory and Results

Summary

Recommended Readings

References

Chapter 9: Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapy

Sketches of Leading Figures

Theoretical Formulations

Normal Family Development

Development of Behavior Disorders

Goals of Therapy

Conditions for Behavior Change

Therapy

Behavioral Parent Training

Behavioral Couples Therapy

The Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to Family Therapy

Treatment of Sexual Dysfunction

Evaluating Therapy Theory and Results

Summary

Recommended Readings

References

Chapter 1 0: 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

Single-Parent Families

African American Families

Gay and Lesbian Families

Sex and the Internet

Home-Based Services

Medical Family Therapy and Psychoeducation

Psychoeducation and Schizophrenia

Medical Family Therapy

Relationship Enrichment Programs

Summary

Recommended Readings

References

P ART THREE Recent Developments in Family Therapy

Chapter 1 1: Solution-focused Therapy

Sketches of Leading Figures

Theoretical Formulations

Normal Family Development

Development of Behavior Disorders

Goals of Therapy

Conditions for Behavior Change

Therapy

Assessment

Therapeutic Techniques

Taking a Break and Giving Feedback

Later Sessions

Evaluating Therapy Theory and Results

Summary

Recommended Readings

References

Chapter 1 2: Narrative Therapy

Sketches of Leading Figures

Theoretical Formulations

Normal Family Development

Development of Behavior Disorders

Goals of Therapy

Conditions for Behavior Change

Therapy

Assessment

Therapeutic Techniques

Evaluating Therapy Theory and Results

Summary

Recommended Readings

References

Chapter 1 3: Comparative Analysis

Theoretical Formulations

Families as Systems

Stability and Change

Process/Content

Monadic, Dyadic, or Triadic Models

Normal Family Development

Development of Behavior Disorders

Inflexible Systems

Pathologic Triangles

Therapy

Assessment

Decisive Interventions

INTEGRATIVE MODELS

Eclecticism

Selective Borrowing

Specially Designed Integrative Models

Integrative Problem Centered Metaframeworks

The Narrative Solutions Approach

Integrative Couples Therapy

Dialectical Behaviorism

Other Integrative Models

Models Designed for Specific Clinical Problems

Working with Family Violence

Community Family Therapy

Summary

Recommended Readings

References

Chapter 1 4: Research on Family Intervention

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

Recommended Readings

References

Appendix A RECOMMENDED READINGS

Appendix B GLOSSARY

Name Index

Subject Index

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