Marriage and Family Therapy: A Practice-Oriented Approach

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9780826106827: Marriage and Family Therapy: A Practice-Oriented Approach

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 model
  • Includes a template for using each model, from the initial meeting through assessment, intervention, and termination
  • Provides numerous interviews with master therapists
  • Includes case study commentary and analysis by master therapists
  • Suggests questions, therapeutic strategies, and/or comments to consider for each therapeutic phase
  • Includes a personality inventory to help readers select the most effective modality

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About the Author:

Linda Metcalf, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S, is a professor and director, Graduate Counseling Program, Texas Wesleyan University. She is a licensed professional counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist in Texas and maintains a private practice in the Fort Worth, Texas, area. Dr. Metcalf is a leader in the development and application of solution focused approaches in a wide range of settings and audiences, as well as the practice of marriage and family therapy. She is the author of 10 books for professional and lay audiences, including the best-selling Counseling Toward Solutions: A Practical Solution-Focused Program for Working With Students, Teachers, and Parents, 2nd Edition (2008); Marriage and Family Therapy: A Practice-Oriented Approach (Springer Publishing, 2010), and Solution Focused Group Therapy (2007). Dr. Metcalf has served as president and board member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) as well as president of the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Additionally, she is the current president of the Association of Solution Focused Practitioners and has presented and trained extensively throughout the United States and internationally, including Australia, Japan, Norway, Germany, United Kingdom, Thailand, Amsterdam, Singapore, and Canada.

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