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Considered the most thorough, well-written book in the field, Samuel T. Gladding’s, Family Therapy: History, Theory, and Practice, give readers clear coverage of all aspects of working with couples and families from proven, evidence-based theories. In a user-friendly organization and writing style, it covers important background information on healthy and functional families and different types of families, and includes an overview of how individual and family life cycles intertwine. The basic processes involved in treating couples and families are made clear, before delving into a dozen theoretical ways of treating families.
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Samuel T. Gladding, Ph.D., is Chair of and a Professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is a fellow in the American Counseling Association (ACA) and its former president (2004-2005). Additionally, Dr. Gladding has served as president of two ACA divisions (ACES and ASGW), president of Chi Sigma Iota (the international counseling honorary society), president of the American Association of State Counseling Boards, and chair of the ACA Foundation. A Fulbright Specialist, Dr. Gladding has taught counseling and worked with universities and counselors in Turkey, China, Estonia, Austria, Malaysia, Sweden, the Philippines, South Africa, Australia, Mexico, and Canada. He has authored numerous professional publications, including 40 books, four videos, and over six dozen (72) scholarly articles. Some of his most recent Pearson books include Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession (7th edition, 2013), Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Community and Agency Settings (4th edition with Deborah Newsome, 2014), Group Work: A Counseling Specialty (6th edition, 2011), The Counseling Dictionary (3rd edition, 2011), and this 6th edition of Family Therapy: History, Theory, and Practice. Dr. Gladding has been married to his wife, Claire, for 28 years. They are the parents of three grown children. Dr. Gladding received his degrees from Wake Forest, Yale, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He continues to work as a licensed professional counselor and serves on the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. He has been honored by the American Counseling Association with the Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person, the Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award, and the David K. Brooks Distinguished Mentor Award.
Part I: Foundations of Family Therapy
- History of Family Therapy: Evolution and Revolution
- The Theoretical Context of Family Therapy
- Types and Functionality of Families
- Working with Single-Parent and Blended Families
- Working with Culturally Diverse Families
- Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Family Therapy
Part II: Therapeutic Approaches to Working with Families
- The Process of Family Therapy
- Couple and Marriage Therapy and Enrichment
- Transgenerational Therapies: Psychodynamic and Bowen Family Therapies
- Experiential Family Therapy
- Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapies
- Structural Family Therapy
- Strategic Family Therapies
- Solution-Focused and Narrative Family Therapies
Part III: Professional Issues and Research in Family Therapy
- Working with Substance-Related Disorders, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
- Research and Assessment in Family Therapy