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Systemic Family Therapy
From Theory to Practice


Courses:
Family Therapy

July 2009 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

No other available text offers such a hands-on approach to marriage and family therapy theory. At the core of Systemic Family Therapy are comprehensive sections devoted to each developmental phase of the family therapy movement. With clear descriptions and session-by-session case examples, the author explores specific approaches within each of these phases. With this pragmatic tenor, students will gain a clear and in-depth understanding of how family theory concepts relate to practice–as well as ways those concepts interact with each other.

Key Features

  • Uses specific examples and session-by-session case studies to illustrate how theoretical construct actually work in practice
  • Outlines the shifts in thinking of the family therapy field–from modern to postmodern
  • Uses rich graphic representations and straightforward tables to illustrate key theoretical concepts
  • Incorporates compelling questions and learning exercises that will lead to dynamic class discussions

Intended Audience
A refreshing departure from traditional instruction of family therapy theory, this core textbook is an excellent resource for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students of family therapy, counseling, social work, and family studies.


 
Acknowledgements
 
Dedication
 
PART I: HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT
 
Ch 1. The Shift From Linear to Systemic Epistemology
Introduction

 
Epistemological Assumptions

 
Methodology

 
Pre-Systemic World-View

 
Shift to a Systems Paradigm

 
Key Terms

 
Relationship Styles

 
Summary

 
Learning Exercises

 
Discussion Questions

 
 
Ch 2. The Shift From First Order to Second Order Epistemology
Introduction

 
The Structural Functional View

 
A New View of Reality

 
Postmodernism

 
Psychosociobiological View

 
Medical Family Therapy

 
Spirituality

 
Empirical Validation

 
Integration

 
Summary

 
Learning Exercises

 
Discussion Questions

 
 
Ch 3. Critical Challenges, Ethnicity, Gender, Violence and Sexual Orientation and Families
Introduction

 
A Critique of Ethnocentricity in Marriage and Family Therapy

 
A Critique of Gender in Mariage and Family Therapy

 
Anti-Violence and Abuse in Relationships Stance

 
Gay and Lesbian Families

 
Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
 
PART II: FIRST GENERATION MODELS OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY
 
Ch 4. Behavioral Family Therapy
Thinking About This Approach

 
Innovations in Practice

 
Metaphors

 
Questioning

 
Structuring

 
Responding

 
Applications

 
Acting as a Behavioral Family Therapist

 
Case Example: The Case of Billy's Temper Tantrums

 
Evaluating

 
Learning Exercises

 
Discussion Questions

 
 
Ch 5. Bowenian Family Therapy
Thinking About This Approach

 
Innovations in Practice

 
Questioning

 
Structuring

 
Responding

 
Applications

 
Acting as a Bowenian Family Therapist

 
Case Example: The Case of George's Anxiety

 
Evaluating

 
Learning Exercises

 
Discussion Questions

 
 
Ch 6. Symbolic Experiential Family Therapy
Thinking About This Approach

 
Innovations in Practice

 
Questioning

 
Structuring

 
Responding

 
Applications

 
Acting as a Symbolic Experiential Family Therapist

 
Case Example: The Case of Oppositional Defiant Bill

 
Evaluating

 
Learning Exercises

 
Discussion Questions

 
 
PART III: SYSTEMIC MODELS OF MARIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY
 
Ch 7. Mental Research Institute Family Therapy
Thinking About This Approach

 
Innovations in Practice

 
Questioning

 
Structuring

 
Responding

 
Applications

 
Acting as a Mental Research Institute Family Therapist

 
Case Example: The Case of Mr. Taylor's Poor Self-Esteem

 
Evaluating

 
Learning Exercises

 
Discussion Questions

 
References

 
 
Ch 8. Structural Family Therapy
Thinking About This Approach

 
Innovations in Practice

 
Questioning

 
Structuring

 
Responding

 
Applications

 
Acting as a Structural Family Therapist

 
Case Example: The Case of Pablo's Truancy

 
Evaluationg

 
Learning Exercises

 
Discussion Questions

 
 
Ch 9. Strategic Family Therapy
Thinking About This Approach

 
Innovation in Practice

 
Questioning

 
Structuring

 
Responding

 
Applications

 
Acting as a Strategic Family Therapist

 
Case Example: The Case of Roger's Dress

 
Evaluating

 
Learning Exercises

 
Discussion Questions

 
 
PART IV: POSTMODERN MODELS OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY
 
Ch 10. Solution Focused Brief Family Therapy
Thinking About This Approach

 
Innovations in Practice

 
Questioning

 
Structuring

 
Responding

 
Applications

 
Acting as a Solution Focused Brief Family Therapist

 
Case Example: The Case of Josh's Soiled Pants

 
Evaluating

 
Learning Exercises

 
Discussion Questions

 
 
Ch 11. Constructivist Family Therapy
Thinking About This Approach

 
Innovations in Practice

 
Questioning

 
Structuring

 
Responding

 
Applications

 
Acting as a Constructivist Family Therapist

 
Case Example: The Case of Alecia's Rebellion Against Anorexia

 
Evaluating

 
Learning Exercises

 
Discussion Questions

 
 
Ch 12. Narrative Family Therapy
Thinking About This Approach

 

"This book is the clearest and most comprehensive review of systems-based therapies that I have seen in my 30 years of practicing and teaching family therapy to clinicians in the field. The writing is clean and straightforward, with copious examples to anchor and illuminate concepts. Dr. Winek has covered the subject well, with all major models included. Nine models are reviewed in depth, preceded by three of the best chapters on the history and development of the field that I have ever read.

As the book’s subtitle suggests, this text is an elegant blend of theory and practice, and all readers can find ideas to improve their thinking on the subject, regardless of their level of experience. As a practicing therapist, Dr. Winek never strays too far from the application of theoretical concepts to the actual practice of therapy. He is careful to answer the question, “If this is true, now what?” In my opinion, if this question isn’t answered, theory has little value as a guide to action in face-to-face sessions with client families.

On a 10-point scale of worst-best textbooks on the subject, this book approaches a 10, and is the only book on family therapy—out of a library of 50 books—which sits next to my reading chair."

John T. Edwards, Ph.D.
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

I chose the book because of it's comprehensive explanations of the theories and practical applications. I feel the students are able to understand the material better when it is also shown how it is used in practice.

Ms Susan Vannoy
Human Dev Psych Couns Dept, Appalachian State University
February 4, 2014

This book addresses the topics I need to cover in my Master's Level Marital and Family Systems class. I really like the test bank and the writing style of the author. I like the organization of the topics/theories and the reading is easy to follow. I really love the case studies the most. They offer the students multiple opportunities to review and discuss a diverse variety of cases and to practice their skill development.

Dr Cheryl McCloud
Adrian Dominican School of Education, Barry University - Orlando
January 7, 2013

Comprehensive yet accessible; provide basic theoretical background

Dr Kelvin Luong
Counselling & Psychology, School of Graduate Theological Studies, Canada Christian College
April 24, 2012

It didn't seem to fit what I was looking for.

Excellent book however.

Best Regards,
Triston

Mr Triston Morgan
Behavioral Science Dept, Utah Valley University
March 30, 2012

This book was used in an Introduction to Family Therapy course. Students reported the text was a good fit for our learning outcomes. I am going to likely use this text again when we offer this course in 2011.

Ms Barbara Briscoe
Psychology , Leeward Community Collge
September 26, 2010

I really liked the completeness of the text including both the history of the field as well as a brief yet complete overview of each of the major theories in the field. My only disappointment is that the powerpoint presentations stated came w/ each chapter, they are not yet ready. When will they be ready as that was one of my decision making criteria.

Dr Charette Dersch
Counselor Education , Southern Methodist University
January 21, 2010
Key features
  • Case Studies
  • Description of shifts in thinking of field from modern to post modern
  • 9 specific theories of family therapy
  • Discussion Questions and Learning Exercises
  • Critique of the field both practical and theoretical levels
  • Critical Evaluation of research on each theory
  • Research on family therapy in general

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 3 - Critical Challenges

Chapter 5 - Bowenian Family Therapy


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