Family Therapy in Changing Times

Family Therapy in Changing Times

by Gill Gorell Barnes


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Family Therapy in Changing Times by Gill Gorell Barnes

Barnes, a practicing family therapist and a consultant with the Institute for Family Therapy in London, offers insight and examples on working with a variety of different types of family forms in this book for professional therapists and therapists in training. Emphasis in this second edition is on working in a context of cultural diversity in which life transitions such as marriage, divorce, and bereavement affect the lives of gay and heterosexual families. Annotation © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333656488
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers Limited
Publication date: 04/01/2003
Pages: 221
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

GILL GORELL BARNES is Senior Clinical Lecturer and Family Therapist at the Tavistock Clinic, London. She also acts as Consultant for Training at the Institute of Family Therapy in London. She has worked with families for over 25 years in a variety of settings. She has recently published research into children's experiences of step-families, as well as completing a clinical study on children and families going through processes of separation, divorce and family re-ordering.

Table of Contents

1What is Family Therapy? Patterns of Living, Patterns of Mind and Patterns of Therapy1
The systemic approach2
Families in transition4
Stressful life events and family life: patterns of stress and patterns of affirmation5
Patterns and problems over time: changing constraints and developing new solutions7
Historical and current dimensions8
Family systems, transitions and non-biologically connected families: implications for a family therapist9
Rethinking family bonds: diversity, intimacy and identity11
How do cultural values underpin family life?12
Culture, gender and development13
What is the job of the family therapist?13
Listening to families and to the the family in individual stories: internal and external discourses14
The family as the template for intimate relations: three ways of looking at what goes on16
2Changes in Families: Theories in Change21
Systems thinking, family pattern, family coherence, and dominant discourses21
The Xavier family24
The therapist's thinking30
Influences from structural family therapy in the Xavier family session31
The Riordan family33
The Milan approach37
Moving forward with theory40
3Culture, Diversity and Developments (1): Rethinking Contexts for Growth and Change47
The family and life cycle ideas: a pluralistic approach47
Multiculturalism and diversity49
Gay and lesbian families: diversity and homophobia50
Culture and changing micropractices: keeping up with change51
Ethnicity, culture, migration and family change54
Refugees and family work56
Creating conditions of safety57
Changing gender roles for men and women60
Racism in daily life, and in the therapeutic context62
Gay and lesbian families: similarities and differences in life cycle issues64
Life cycle rituals: new constructions66
Poverty and stresses68
Factors that buffer individuals against stress70
Intimacy and resilience72
4Culture, Diversity and Development (2): Loss and Transitions in Childhood74
Communication and loss76
Variations in childcare patterns and the loss of intimacy80
Loss and adaptation81
The importance of a safe place: former loss and current parenting84
Transitions and second families87
Young adults who have grown up in second families91
Theories of child development92
5Families, Divorce and Post-Divorce Family Work: Mothers', Fathers' and Children's Perspectives94
Keeping life predictable and maintaining self-esteem96
Ambiguities in post-divorce relationships98
Residence and contact: parents and children in the post-divorce family99
Acrimony and hostility99
Parenting alone103
Fathers; parenting in the context of 'contact'105
Secrets and silence in post-divorce narratives110
'Holding on to the bubble'--uncertainty about arrangements114
Bearing the family in mind116
Separation when children are very young117
The Juniper/Rowan family: early separation, attachment issues, and the restoration of contact119
What is a step-family?128
Boys' and girls' ways of dealing with family distress: similarities and differences131
Lesbian and gay partnerships133
The extended family135
Economic tensions138
Stepmothers and mothers: trying to get it right139
Stepfathers and fathers142
7The Family and Mental Illness147
Cultural and family factors affecting descriptions of illness147
Professional approaches to family work with major mental illness150
Work focusing on patterns of communication151
Family descriptions and self-description153
Family relationships and different illness processes155
Mental illness and external realities: social factors163
Children of chronically ill parents: protective factors and 'being alright'165
Dementia in the elderly167
8Violence in Family Life169
The 'carry forward' of patterns171
The Wade family172
The O'Rourke family180
The use of language180
Post-divorce issues183
Family violence and traumatic effects on children184
9Sexual Abuse in Childhood and Some Effects in Adult Life190
Boundaries of trust in therapeutic work190
Therapy with a man: some considerations192
The therapist as another woman194
Traumatic, formless and perverse events195
Early work in therapy: the written word195
Confronting the voices of others in therapy: parents and children197
Maeve: using workmates and children to create alternative voices199
Talking with children about sexual abuse202
10Doing the work and making a difference205
Study your own coherence205
A theory you can live and work by205
Attention to text206
The wider world and family life207
Attention to the fragility of relationships209
Keeping an eye on oneself210
The family as template for intimate emotions210
What do we mean by resilience?211

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From the Publisher

...enjoyable and an education...I would recommend this book.' - David Spellman, Journal of Family Therapy

' accurate snapshot of a discipline in transition written from the perspective of a senior figure in the teaching and clinical practice of family therapy in Britain...This is an important book in several ways. Throughout it contains a rich source of examples of how effective systemic psychotherapists work. It identifies the middle ground of contemporary British family therapy. Both new and experienced family therapists will benefit from reading it.' - David Jones, Child Psychology & Psychiatry

'Gill Gorell Barnes is a popular author with our students, and I am sure that this book will be no exception...the book offers clear explanations with helpful illustrations. This is a book students will come back to again and again, especially when they are in practice.' - Lynne Hooten, Glasgow Caledonian University

'...this is a book which I would recommend to all those who work wth children.' - Sue Roughton, Community Practitioner

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