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Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families, Second Edition / Edition 2

Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families, Second Edition / Edition 2

by William C. Madsen PhD


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Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families, Second Edition / Edition 2

This text and professional resource offers an alternative approach to thinking about and working with “difficult” families. From a nonpathologizing stance, William C. Madsen demonstrates creative ways to help family members shift their relationship to longstanding problems; envision desired lives; and develop more proactive coping strategies. Anyone working with families in crisis, especially in settings where time and resources are scarce, will gain valuable insights and tools from this book. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593854348
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 02/06/2007
Series: Guilford Family Therapy Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 454,404
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

William C. Madsen, PhD, is Founder and Director of the Family-Centered Services Project in Watertown, Massachusetts, an organizational change initiative dedicated to helping state and provincial organizations and community agencies develop more respectful and responsive ways of serving youth and families. Since the 1980s, he has developed, administered, and consulted to many innovative programs. He currently provides international training and consultation regarding collaborative approaches to therapy and the development of institutional structures and organizational cultures that support family-centered work.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reflective Practice in Frenzied Times
1. Working with Multi-Stressed Families: Recognizing the Importance of Relational Stance
2. What We See Is What We Get: Reexamining Our Assessment Process
3. Collaboration Is a Two-Way Street: Engaging Reluctant Families
4. Developing a Proactive Vision to Guide Clinical Work: Collaborative Therapy Contracts
5. Collaborative Inquiry: An Anthropological Approach to "Intervening" with Families
6. Examining the Relationship between Clients and the Problems in Their Lives
7. Helping Clients Shift Their Relationship to Problems and Develop Preferred Lives
8. Developing Communities to Support New Lives
9. Solidifying New Lives through Therapeutic Documents
10. Sustaining a Collaborative Practice in the "Real" World
Appendices: A. One Example of a Strength-Based Assessment Outline. B. Questions to Assess Externalized Problems Rather Than Families. C. Considerations in Collaborative Therapy Contracts. D. An Interview Outline to Consolidate Alternative Stories. E. Coauthoring Termination/Consolidation Summaries with Clients.


Family therapists, social workers, clinical psychologists, and counselors; supervisors and case managers in outpatient clinics, community agencies, and home-based family preservation programs; others who work with families in crisis. Serves as a text in direct practice and therapy courses within family therapy, social work, clinical psychology, and counseling programs.

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