Theory and Practice of Family Therapy and Counseling / Edition 1

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A model for successful integration of multiple points of view, James R. Bitter's THEORY AND PRACTICE OF FAMILY THERAPY AND COUNSELING, 2nd Edition supports the development of personal, professional, and ethical family practice. The book's concrete, empirically based approaches, as well as diagnostics and visual tools, allow readers to observe others in groups. Updated to reflect recent research and current practice, the Second Edition also includes a new chapter on Object Relations Family Therapy. Case studies, sample dialogues, and exercises help readers apply the concepts they have learned. Available with InfoTrac Student Collections

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is the most readable, practical, student-friendly, and understandable text for introductory family therapy and counseling courses on the market today! It also emphasizes postmodernism and the early influence of Adler on family system theory development and the development of parent training programs in wide use today." "This is a very sound choice for beginning marriage and family counseling …"

"This text is highly readable, clear, and application-focused. It does an excellent job of describing the classic models of MFT. It provides several case examples, and shows how to apply each model to one case. The organization of each chapter is consistent, which facilitates the reader's grasp of similarities and differences among the various approaches. Dr. Bitter's style is personal, engaging, and encouraging. He knows what he is talking about, and communicates clearly with the reader. This is one text on family therapy models that is actually interesting to read and that avoids excessive abstractions."

"The author does a tremendous service to the profession by presenting the works of the masters in a new light. It is engaging, highly readable, and dare I say, fun!"

"Its greatest strength is its ability to engage the reader on a fully human level without resorting to 'academic speak' that goes over the head of the typical reader. The author clearly has a vast wealth of experience and experiences and they are conveyed in a light hearted and encouraging (not preachy) tone." "Having the Quest family throughout the text is really helpful for the student who may be trying to conceptualize the myriad theories within a real world context."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534421786
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: SAB 230 Family Therapy Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 446
  • Sales rank: 1,260,928
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

James R. Bitter is a professor in the Counseling Department at East Tennessee State University. He has more than 38 years of teaching experience and has authored numerous publications, including 33 chapters or sections written for textbooks and trade books, more than 30 journal articles, and six videos. He also has served on four editorial boards and has conducted many seminars across the country and internationally. His teaching, publications, and training have focused on marriage and family and Adlerian therapy.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Overview. 2. The Family Practitioner as Person and Professional. 3. Virtue, Ethics, and Legality in Family Practice. 4. Object Relations Family Therapy. 5. Adlerian Family Therapy. 6. Multigenerational Family Therapy. 7. The Satir Model: The Human Validation Process Model. 8. Symbolic-Experiential Family Therapy. 9. Structural Family Therapy. 10. Strategic Family Therapy. 11. Solution-Focused and Solution Oriented Therapy. 12. Postmodern, Social Construction, and Narratives in Family Therapy. 13. Feminist Family Therapy. 14. Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapy. 15. Parenting for the 21st Century. 16. Integration, Parts I and II.

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  • Posted March 25, 2010

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    Easy to comprehend

    I was very fortunate to find this book a few years ago when I began teaching to graduate level students who were in a Marriage and Family program, and/or Professional Counseling-Mental Health programs. I have been recommending this book as a supplement to students in graduate MFT and MHC programs.
    Dr. Bitter has four excellent genogram charts in the opening of the book of early founders and current leaders in the therapeutic field. This book is easy to read and understand the key components and assumptions of different theories. It is one of the easiest layouts I have seen in a book. The end of chapter summaries include the theories impact with feminism and multicultural evaluations. He includes a breakdown of the use of a theory with the Quest family in each chapter. He has exercises for personal and professional growth. Most chapters have a "Where to go from here" section. The glossary in the back of the book is one of the easiest to read and understand. The appendix charts at the end of the book offer a comprehensive overview of different theories. There is a DVD that is included with the instructor editions. It is broken down to 15-20 minute vingettes of the use of a theory. Some of these are really good, others are ok. After viewing, students have engaged in classroom discussion of the use and demonstration of that particular theory.
    Of the students who have purchased this book, most really like this book. Several have expressed a preference to use this over the assigned textbook for the class. There are a few areas that are addressed more intensely in other text books, and this book addresses a few areas not covered in other more popular text books. I highly recommend this text book.

    Thank you Dr. Bitter for your time and involvement with writing, editing and having this published.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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