This masterful guide to the art and science of family therapy elucidat es the essential skills common to all family interventions. Rather tha n advocating one best approach, the author shows that there are multip le ways of working, and the best is often that which suits the therapi st's own personality, values, and skills. Beautifully written and enha nced by detailed case material and hands-on exercises, the book outlin es the basics of systemic thinking and empowers readers to expand thei r range of therapeutic options. Illuminating the delicate yet powerful balance between craft and creativity, Robert Taibbi helps therapists at all levels of experience to more fully utilize the power of family therapy.
Robert Taibbi, LCSW, an AAMFT approved supervisor, has been working in community mental health and with families for the past 23 years. Widely published, he is the author of more than 100 articles on clinical practice, supervision, and family life.
Table of Contents
Family Therapy: Welcome to Oz
Family Therapy: The Basics
In the Beginning: Great Expectations
Great Beginnings II
The Middle Stage: Are We There Yet?
Endings: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow
Billy's Got a Problem: Kids in the Family
Billy: The Story Continues
``See How She Treats Me!'': The Parent-Adolescent Struggle
The Parent-Adolescent Struggle II
Getting to the Core: Couple Work in Family Therapy
The Power of One: Individual Work in a Family Context