ISBN-10:
047047582X
ISBN-13:
9780470475829
Pub. Date:
11/02/2010
Publisher:
Wiley
Systems Theory in Action: Applications to Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy / Edition 1

Systems Theory in Action: Applications to Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy / Edition 1

by Shelly Smith-Acuna

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Systems Theory in Action: Applications to Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy / Edition 1

"Smith-Acuña illuminates the structural hierarchy, roles,and boundaries that give a system structure. The relationshipbetween parts and wholes is both simple and profound, andparticularly important in looking at systems structure. Thesemorsels of wisdom are good examples of Smith-Acuña's grace asa systems theory tour guide: one moment she's digging deeper intothe nuances among the theories, the next moment she's simplifyingwithout dumbing down, but in a manner that is enormouslyliberating. We enjoy the fun, full, and informed journey with her."—Frank S. Pittman III, MD

A practical presentation of systems theory as

a fundamental model for clinical practice

Valuable for seasoned mental health professionals as well asthose in training, Systems Theory in Action presents systemstheory—the unifying principles surrounding the organizationand functioning of systems—as it applies to individual,couples, and family therapy.

This innovative book explores systems theory as an effectivemodel for general mental health practice. It examines the rolesystems theory can play, specifically in understanding clients'presenting problems in context, within the various systems andsubsystems in which the problems are embedded.

Filled with realistic clinical stories illustrating relevantconcepts that tie theory to technique, Systems Theory in Actiontakes an in-depth look at:

  • Systems theory as a solid guide through the dynamic process ofpsychotherapy

  • The multilayered value of observing human interactions through asystems view

  • Systemic thinking, its core components, and how it serves toreveal a "big picture" view of clients and their presentingproblems

Systems Theory in Action is a unique contribution to the field,translating the technical terminology of general systems thinkinginto common, everyday language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470475829
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 195,910
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Shelly Smith-Acuña, PhD, is the Director of the Doctoral Program in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. She teaches systems theory, family therapy, and couples therapy. In addition, she maintains a successful private practice.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Preface.

Chapter One: Introduction to Systems Thinking.

Chapter Two: Context.

Chapter Three: Causality.

Chapter Four: Communication.

Chapter Five: Change.

Chapter Six: Structure.

Chapter Seven: History and Development.

Chapter Eight: Social and Cultural Narratives.

Chapter Nine: Applications to Theory, Research, andOrganizations.

References.

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Smith-Acuña illuminates the structural hierarchy, roles andboundaries that give a system structure. The relationship betweenparts and wholes is both simple and profound, and particularlyimportant in looking at systems structure. These morsels of wisdomare good examples of Smith-Acuña’s grace as a systemstheory tour guide: one moment she’s digging deeper into thenuances among the theories, the next moment she’s simplifyingwithout dumbing down, but in a manner which is enormouslyliberating. We enjoy the fun, full and informed journey withher.

Frank S. Pittman, III, MD
Author of Turning Points, Private Lies, ManEnough, and Grow Up!

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