Family Therapy Skills and Techniques in Action

Routledge
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Relationships are a resource for healing a range of psychological difficulties. This is the fundamental principle of family therapy, an increasingly influential form of psychotherapy that is building up a strong evidence base in a range of psychological problems across the life cycle. Family Therapy Skills and Techniques in Action is both a guide to a variety of family therapy techniques and a review of their history. It provides a thorough explanation of the techniques, explaining their origins and use in contemporary family practice, whilst guiding readers in learning new skills. The authors provide film examples and transcripts of the techniques in action so that readers can develop their skills in a practical way.

The book is divided into sections that describe and demonstrate skills such as:

  • Assessing a family;
  • Building a therapeutic relationship with multiple family members;
  • Enactment;
  • Reframing;
  • Using circular questions;
  • ‘Externalising’ the problem;
  • Using family therapy skills in individual work;
  • Understanding and utilising systemic supervision.

Family Therapy Skills and Techniques in Action

will be an essential practical manual for a range of family therapy skills which can be used in family work by family practitioners from a variety of backgrounds: counsellors, support workers, social workers, psychologists, generic therapists and nurses.
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About the author

Mark Rivett is the director of Family and Systemic Psychotherapy training at the University of Exeter and a family therapist in South Wales. He is a past editor of the Journal of Family Therapy.

Joanne Buchmüller is a specialist family and systemic psychotherapist in an adolescent inpatient unit in South Wales and a visiting lecturer in systemic family therapy at the Universities of Bristol and Exeter.

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Publisher
Routledge
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Published on
Oct 2, 2017
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Pages
218
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ISBN
9781317542254
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Language
English
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Genres
Psychology / Psychotherapy / Couples & Family
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There are many different models of marriage and family therapy; the challenge for students and beginning practitioners is deciding which one best suits their individual purposes. This highly practical volume elucidates the defining characteristics of 14 contemporary models, including their history, views of change, views of family and the role of the therapist; and methods of assessing family dynamics, goal setting; facilitating change; and knowing when to terminate. Each chapter also includes a template for implementing therapy models, and realistic case studies-many drawn from actual practice-to illustrate how each model would address common issues.

In addition, the volume includes extensive interviews with master therapists such as Albert Ellis, Insoo Kim Berg, Sue Johnson, Susan McDaniel, Derald Wing Sue, and many others. They share their ideas of the ways in which change occurs, how they set goals, and how they perform therapy. For further clarification, each therapist illustrates how he/she would proceed via the same case study. Learning how to perform effective family therapy can be an arduous process of trial and error, yet this resource will ease the way for students and currently practicing family therapists who need to revisit the basics.

Modalities Included

Bowen Family Systems Theory
Contextual Family Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Family Therapy Models
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
Symbolic-Experiential Family Therapy
Satir Human Validation Process Model
Milan Systemic Family Therapy
Structural Family Therapy
Strategic Family Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with Families
Narrative Therapy with Families
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Medical Family Therapy
Family Psychoeducation

Key Features:

Introduces the theory, history, theoretical assumptions, techniques, and components of each modelIncludes a template for using each model, from the initial meeting through assessment, intervention, and terminationProvides numerous interviews with master therapistsIncludes case study commentary and analysis by master therapistsSuggests questions, therapeutic strategies, and/or comments to consider for each therapeutic phaseIncludes a personality inventory to help readers select the most effective modality
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