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By Joseph L. Wetchler, Lorna L. Hecker

ISBN-10: 041571950X

ISBN-13: 9780415719506

Now in its moment version, this article introduces readers to the wealthy background and perform of Marriage and relations treatment, with 32 pros from around the US proposing their wisdom of their components of workmanship. This mixture of methods and kinds provides this article a distinct voice and makes it a accomplished source for graduate scholars taking their first path in Marriage and family members remedy.

The e-book is split into 3 sections:

 Part 1 specializes in the elements on which twenty first century kinfolk treatment is predicated and summarizes the latest alterations made not to merely healing interventions, yet to the very proposal of “family.”


 Part 2 offers an summary of the 7 significant theoretical versions of the sector: structural, strategic, Milan, social constructionist, experiential, transgenerational, and cognitive-behavioral family members remedy. each one bankruptcy during this part
• Focuses at the founding father of the idea, its theoretical tenants, and its key techniques
• Shows how the version specializes in diversity
• Presents the learn that helps the approach


Part three addresses particular remedy parts which are universal to marriage and relatives therapists, comparable to intercourse treatment, pre-marital remedy, learn, and ethics and criminal issues.

As an advent to the sphere of Marriage and family members treatment, this quantity stands above the remaining. not just will readers achieve an knowing of the wealthy background of the sector and its concepts, yet they're going to additionally see an entire photograph of the context during which households are embedded, equivalent to gender, tradition, spirituality, and sexual orientation. this data is the major to knowing what differentiates Marriage and kinfolk treatment from person psychotherapy. Glossaries, case experiences, tables, figures, and appendices seem generously in the course of the textual content to give this knowledge and provides scholars an intensive assessment to arrange them for his or her specialist lives.

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Family therapist Peggy Papp recalls: They turned everything into a theatrical presentation. With all their detailed questioning, they managed to take the hidden subjective life of the family and turn it into a heightened performance. Eventually each family’s situation would take on the dimensions of a great opera. (Simon, 1992, p. 143) Their “hit” presentation was followed by the eagerly awaited text Paradox and Counterparadox (Selvini Palazzoli, Boscolo, Cecchin, & Prata, 1978), which focused on the use of paradox in the treatment of severe psychosis and the use of their team format.

Typical therapist comments bounced off of them as if they were surrounded by rubber (Gale & Long, 1996; Wynne, 1961; Wynne, Ryckoff, Day, & Hirsch, 1958). In 1954, Murray Bowen joined Wynne at NIMH. Although they worked in separate sections, they shared a fascination with the role of family phenomena in mental illness. During the 1956 and 1957 meetings of the American Psychiatric Association, Wynne and Bowen met with Don Jackson, Theodore Lidz, and Nathan Ackerman, which began a series of interchanges among these pioneering figures.

A good example is the way a thermostat maintains the temperature in a room. As the temperature rises, the thermostat receives this information and turns on the air conditioning. When the temperature drops to the desired setting, the thermostat receives this information and shuts off the air conditioning. This idea has been used to explain how a family member’s symptoms may get worse to cool off an escalating family The History of Marriage and Family Therapy 13 crisis and subside once the crisis has settled down.

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