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Marital and Family Therapy, now in its Fourth Edition, continues its tradition as the classic resource for psychiatrists and family therapists—trainees and practitioners alike—by combining psychiatric and integrative family models into a single framework.

The recent growth and changes in the field, especially the movement away from narrowly based schools of therapy toward and integrative approach, prompted the editors to expand and rewrite the text. The editors have included the results of 20 years of successful field testing by trainees and have supplemented the text with well-placed case vignettes and charts. The editors have further renewed the appeal of this definitive text by 10 rewriting the discussion of how new attitudes and information about gender, culture, class, and race are affecting family theory building, 2) updating their text for compatibility with DSM-IV TD and ICD-10, 3) adding a section on treating Axis I disorders by combining family therapy with medication, 4) adding a section on the new subspecialty of family systems medicine, 5) offering the latest on family therapy effectiveness and training, and 6) discussing afresh the ethical, financial, and professional issues facing therapists today.

Psychiatrists, family therapists, social workers, nurses, family education teachers, counselors, family physicians, and family law professionals will turn to this practical reference time and time again as they seek a better understanding of the evolving field of marital and family therapy.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Cindy L. Gilbert, MSW, LSW (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a thorough introduction to the field of marital and family treatment. The chapters are well documented and easy to read, and provide an important foundation for a beginning practitioner.
Purpose: The authors strive to update and improve this basic family and marital therapy text. As the field rapidly expands to address new issues such as single-parent households or gay and lesbian families, such revisions of texts are definitely needed. The authors appear to have met their objectives, as this is a detailed, inclusive volume.
Audience: The intended audience is students and practitioners of marital and family therapy. While the book provides an excellent foundation for students or new practitioners, it contains enough new material that veterans of the field will certainly benefit from it as well.
Features: The book is made up of eight sections containing a total of 31 chapters. The topics range from historical perspectives on the family and its evolution over time to evaluating and treating dysfunction, to ethical considerations. Each chapter begins with reader objectives that act as an outline of the information contained therein, and ends with a brief list of suggested readings. Each chapter is individually referenced, allowing the reader to find sources on specific topics without having to sort through hundreds of citations. Where appropriate, the authors include graphs or tables to depict pertinent statistics and other information. The book also includes a list of tables and figures, which makes it much easier to locate a specific point or piece of information. The book is quite long (739 pages including indexes) but is quite thorough. This text more than just scratches the surface of this material.
Assessment: This book provides a wealth if information on this field. The authors include a review of the work of Minuchin, Haley and Satir, without which any introduction to family or marital work would be incomplete. Although long, this is certainly one of the most thorough introductions to a field of practice. The book is also pleasantly easy to read. Given the continuing refinement of theory and practice in this field, this new edition was certainly due.
Pieter Le Roux

This broad-based and comprehensive text for students, clinicians, and teachers of family therapy covers a range of relevant topics presented in a well organized format to guide the reader systematically through a vast amount of information.

Journal of Family Psychotherapy William C. Nichols

[I]t is a major contribution not only to its primary audience, but also can be of immense value to programs in marital and family therapy education and to mature therapists who are seeking to reconceptualize their thinking.... In my judgment, this ground-breaking book is certainly among the best works of its type.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880485487
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 832
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Ira D. Glick, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine; and Director of Inpatient and Partial Hospitalization Services at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford University Hospital in Stanford, California.

Ellen M. Berman, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; and Senior Consultant for the PENN Council for Relationships in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

John F. Clarkin, Ph.D., is Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the Cornell University Medical College; and Director of Psychology, Westchester Division, at The New York Hospital--Cornell Medical Center in White Plains, New York.

Douglas S. Rait, Ph.D., is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine; Chief of the Couples and Family Therapy Clinic at the Stanford University Medical Center; and Director of the Family Therapy Program at the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, California.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Table of Contents

Section I: Family Therapy in Context
The field of marital and family therapy: development and definition. Family life in historical and sociological perspective.
Section II: Functional and Dysfunctional Families.
Understanding the functional family. Understanding the functional family: alternative family forms. Problems and dysfunction from a family systems perspective.
Section III: Family Evaluation
The process of evaluation. The content of evaluation. Formulating an understanding of the family problem areas. Tools for evaluation, including rating scales and tests.
Section IV: Family Treatment
The major schools of family therapy. Family treatment: goals. Family treatment: strategies and techniques. The course of family treatment. Promoting change in family treatment: issues of alliance and resistances. Family therapy: general considerations. Brief family therapy: treatment as it is influenced by time constraints. Treatment as it is influenced by issues of ethnicity, race, gender, and class. Treatment as it is influenced by issues specific to African American families.
Section V: Family Treatment When One Member Has a Psychiatric Disorder of Other Special Problem.
Family treatment in the context of individual psychiatric disorders. Family treatment in the context of other special problems—violence to self and others. The family and treatment of acute and chronic psychiatric illness.
Section VII: Results of and Guidelines of Recommending Family Therapy.
Indications for and the sequence of family therapy evaluation and treatment. Controversies, relative contraindications, and the use and misuse of marital and family therapy. Results: the outcome of family therapy.
Section VIII: Family Systems Medicine and Finishing Touches.
Treating the medically ill patient: a family systems medicine perspective. Ethical and professional issues in family therapy. Index.
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