"This user-friendly book uses systems theory as an integrating framework for understanding the theory and practice of family therapy. It provides essential information for individuals preparing for the national licensing exam in marriage and family therapy. Family Therapy: A Systemic Approach 7e includes historical information, current developments, an overview of postmodernism, as well as consideration of various family and developmental theories that are integrated into a "dynamic process model" for viewing and understanding family interactions and relationships. The family therapy models discussed include psychodynamic, natural systems, experiential, structural, communications, strategic, and behavioral/cognitive, and five postmodern approaches. Epistemological challenges in the context of practice, assessment, intervention, training, supervision, and research are described and discussed"--Page 4 of cover.
Two different worldviews -- The historical perspective -- The paradigmatic shift of systems theory -- Postmodernism and family therapy -- The family : process, development, and context -- Psychodynamic approaches -- Natural systems theory -- Experiential approaches -- The structural approach -- Communication approaches -- Strategic approaches and the Milan influence -- Behavioral/cognitive approaches -- Postmodern approaches -- Family assessment -- Therapeutic intervention/perturbation -- Training and supervision -- Research in family therapy -- Epistemological challenges : thinking about our thinking
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