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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ileana Ungureanu, MD, PhD (Adler School of Professional Psychology)
Description: This timely update of a 1992 book on medical family therapy includes the necessary guidelines for practicing couple and family therapy from a biopsychosocially integrated perspective.
Purpose: The purpose is to cover the new developments at the intersection of medicine and family therapy and provide guidelines for best practices.
Audience: The authors are pioneers of medical family therapy who continue to be leading figures in the field. Their much-anticipated new edition will be useful to beginning as well as seasoned therapists working in a variety of behavioral care settings such as primary care, hospitals, or other healthcare centers. It should also be a required textbook for graduate students preparing to practice medical family therapy.
Features: This timely update addresses changes in the healthcare system as a result of the Affordable Care Act and offers theoretical and clinical insight into the practice of comprehensive care with individuals, couples, and families, addressing the family throughout the life cycle. In discussing issues such as community engagement, genetics and genomics, medical family therapy with couples, and shared stories of illness, the authors prove to be attuned to the latest developments in both the fields of medicine and of couple and family therapy.
Assessment: This is definitely the go-to book in the field of medical family therapy. Couples and family therapists as well as other healthcare providers interested in integrated care should refer to this for guidance in their practice with couples and families.