The most thorough and well-written text in the field, Family Therapy: History, Theory, and Practice, covers all aspects of working with families. Beginning with an explanation of how individual and family life cycles differ and how healthy and dysfunctional families operate regardless of structure or ethnicity, the author clearly covers the basic processes involved in treating couples and families before delving into a dozen theoretical ways of treating families. Readers will learn about the history of family therapy, multicultural aspects of family therapy, ways of working with various types of families, ethical and legal issues involved in family therapy, and ways of assessing families.
Thoroughly updated and revised, the fifth edition is logically organized into three sections–Understanding Families and Family Dynamics, Therapeutic Approaches to Working with Families, and Professional and Clinical Issues in Family Therapy. Each chapter has an abundance of examples and case studies, and discussion questions included at the end of each chapter help to engage class participation.
Samuel T. Gladding is chair of and a professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University. He is a Fellow in the American Counseling Association (ACA) and served as its president in 2004-2005. He is the author of numerous publications, including over two dozen books on counseling.
Part One Understanding Families and Family Dynamics
Chapter 1: Individual and Family Life Cycles
Chapter 2: Healthy and Dysfunctional Families
Chapter 3: Working with Culturally Diverse Families
Chapter 4: Working with Single-Parent Families
Chapter 5: Working with Blended Families
Part two Therapeutic Approaches to Working with Families
Chapter 6: History of Family Therapy
Chapter 7: The Process of Family Therapy
Chapter 8: Couple and Marriage Enrichment and Therapy
Chapter 9: Psychodynamic and Bowen Family Therapies
Chapter 10: Experiential Family Therapy
Chapter 11: Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapies
Chapter 12: Structural Family Therapy
Chapter 13: Strategic Family Therapy
Chapter 14: Solution-Focused and Narrative Family Therapies
Part Three Professional Issues and Research in Family Therapy
Chapter 15: Working with Substance-Related Disorders,
Domestic Violence, and Child Abuse
Chapter 16: Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Family TherapyChapter 17: Research and Assessment in Family Therapy