Metaframeworks: Transcending the Models of Family Therapy

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Family therapists have traditionally been divided among conflicting schools of theoretical allegiance. Yet, increasingly, practitioners are finding that any one approach to family therapy is limited in its efficacy. Rather than simply creating another school of therapy, Douglas Breunlin, Richard Schwartz, and Betty Mac Kune-Karrer have sought to go beyond the theoretical boundaries that currently constrain family therapy. In this book the authors offer a foundation for understanding the fundamental concepts that ...
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Overview

Family therapists have traditionally been divided among conflicting schools of theoretical allegiance. Yet, increasingly, practitioners are finding that any one approach to family therapy is limited in its efficacy. Rather than simply creating another school of therapy, Douglas Breunlin, Richard Schwartz, and Betty Mac Kune-Karrer have sought to go beyond the theoretical boundaries that currently constrain family therapy. In this book the authors offer a foundation for understanding the fundamental concepts that underlie all family therapy approaches--and they show how to apply these "metaframeworks" to an expanded understanding of human systems. Full of practical ideas, methods, and examples, Metaframeworks offers a wealth of guidelines for applying innovative strategies to a wide range of clinical problems and populations. In addition, this book provides an orientation to thinking about human systems at many levels, revealing a set of concepts with which to analyze the complexity of family life. By acknowledging and expanding upon the fundamental understandings of various family therapy approaches, the authors enable all practicing clinicians to improve the flexibility and comprehensiveness of their approaches--without having to abandon their training. Furthermore, the authors look beyond the boundaries of traditional family systems approaches, seeking to help therapists better understand the individual's internal thought processes. And they examine the influence of the social context on families, discussing in depth such factors as culture and gender.

Describes the fundamental concepts that underlie all family therapy approaches & how to apply them to clinical problems.

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The authors distill the central ideas from the many systems-based models of family therapy, add some concepts that have not been widely used before in family therapy, connect them all to one another in a new way, and apply these ideas to domains that family therapists have not explored from a systems perspective--domains such as intrapsychic process, human development, gender, and culture. For clinicians and theorists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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'This book offers something really new. It not only distills much that is already known in other approaches, but also, having extracted the best parts, is able to recombine them into a perspective that integrates other areas often ignored. Metaframeworks is a unique book in the field.? (Contemporary Psychology)

• Those new to family therapy will find that this book offers a clear introduction to systems thinking and allows for comparison and contrast of existing models of family therapy across the dimensions represented by the six metaframeworks.? (Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555424268
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/31/1992
  • Series: Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Edition description: 1st
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

DOUGLAS C. BREUNLIN is vice president and chief operating officer of the Family Institute at Northwestern University. RICHARD C. SCHWARTZ is a member of the senior faculty of the Family Institute at Northwestern University. BETTY MAC KUNE-KARRER is director of the Family Systems Program of the Institute for Juvenile Research and clinical associate in psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Preface
The Authors
Pt. 1 Foundations of the Metaframeworks Perspective
1 A Conversation About Metaframeworks 3
2 The Metaframeworks Perspective 19
Pt. 2 Six Core Metaframeworks
3 Of Mind and Self: The Internal Family Systems Metaframework 57
4 Patterns of Interaction: The Sequences Metaframework 90
5 Leadership, Balance, and Harmony: The Organization Metaframework 125
6 Beyond the One-Dimensional Life Cycle: The Development Metaframework 158
7 Unifying Diverse Parameters: The Multicultural Metaframework 193
8 Reweaving Feminism and Systems: The Gender Metaframework 237
Pt. 3 From Theory to Practice
9 A Blueprint for Therapy 281
10 A Case in Point 317
11 Personalizing the Metaframeworks Perspective 354
References 373
Index 385
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