"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 systemstheorythe unifying principles surrounding the organizationand functioning of systemsas 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.
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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
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.
What People are Saying About This
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!