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Family Therapy : A Systemic Integration

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9/25/2012
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Summary

A comprehensive, user-friendly guide to marriage and family therapy that takes a holistic view to look at people within the context of their environment. Family Therapyhelps students understand the process of shifting from an individual psychology paradigm to a cybernetic or systems paradigm. The text is divided into three sections: "The Systemic Framework," "The Practice of Family Therapy," and "The Systemic Practitioner," and it includes historical information, current developments, and ongoing debates. Various family and developmental theories are examined. The family therapy models considered include psychodynamic, natural systems, experiential, structural, communications, strategic, behavioral/cognitive, and several post-modern approaches. Assessment, intervention, training and supervision, research, and epistemological challenges are discussed within the context of practice. Upon completing this book readers will be able to: Describe and compare various family therapy models Discuss practical applications for different family and developmental theories Review and assess unique family systems to determine the appropriate family therapy model Understand how concepts with the same name differ in meaning at different levels (i.e. 1storder versus 2ndorder cybernetics) Note:MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit:www.mysearchlab.comor you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySearchLab (at no additional cost): ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205196128 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205196128.

Author Biography

Dorothy S. Becvar, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University.  A Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she also has maintained a private practice, either full or part-time, since 1980  and is President/CEO of The Haelan Centers®, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to facilitating growth and wholeness in body, mind and spirit.  Dorothy has published extensively and in addition to many journal articles and book chapters is the author of three books, and the editor of two books. With her husband, Raphael J. Becvar, she has co-authored four books and is co-editor with others of two additional books.  She has just completed a five-year term as Editor of Contemporary Family Therapy:  An International Journal, and is a member of the editorial boards of several professional journals.   

 

Raphael J. (Ray) Becvar received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Minnesota.  He has been a Professor at St. Louis University, Texas Tech University, Lindenwood University, and the University of Louisiana, Monroe where he held the Distinguished Scholar’s Endowed Chair in Marital and Family Therapy.  At St. Louis University and the University of Louisiana, Monroe he developed doctoral programs in Marital and Family Therapy.  He has been a part-time faculty member of Walden University since 2000 in Health and Human Services.  Ray’s philosophical/theoretical interests include systems theory, postmodernism, social constructionism, and constructivism as applied to work in Health and Human Services, Marriage and Family Therapy and Education.  He has authored/coauthored 10 books as well as numerous articles in professional and popular journals.  He maintains a small private practice specializing in Marital and Family Therapy. 

Table of Contents

Found in this Section:

1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents

 


1. BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Preface  

 

PART 1 THE SYSTEMIC FRAMEWORK  

Chapter 1: Two Different Worldviews  

Chapter 2: The Historical Perspective  

Chapter 3: The Paradigmatic Shift of Systems Theory  

Chapter 4: Postmodernism and Family Therapy 

Chapter 5: The Family: Process, Development, and Context  

 

PART 2 THE PRACTICE OF FAMILY THERAPY

Chapter 6: Psychodynamic Approaches  

Chapter 7: Natural Systems Theory  

Chapter 8: Experiential Approaches  

Chapter 9: The Structural Approach  

Chapter 10: Communication Approaches  

Chapter 11: Strategic Approaches and the Milan Influence  

Chapter 12: Behavioral/Cognitive Approaches  

Chapter 13: Postmodern Approaches  

 

PART 3 THE SYSTEMIC PRACTITIONER  

Chapter 14:  Family Assessment  

Chapter 15: Therapeutic Intervention/Perturbation  

Chapter 16: Training and Supervision  

Chapter 17: Research in Family Therapy  

Chapter 18: Epistemological Challenges: Thinking About Our Thinking  

 

References  

Name Index 

Subject Index 


2. FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface  

 

PART 1 THE SYSTEMIC FRAMEWORK  

Chapter 1: Two Different Worldviews  

The Framework of Individual Psychology  

The Framework of Systemic Family Therapy  

Basic Concepts of Systems Theory and Cybernetics  

Family Therapy or Relationship Therapy?  

Summary 

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections 

 

Chapter 2: The Historical Perspective  

Planting the Seeds: The 1940s  

Cybernetics  

Development of Interdisciplinary Approaches  

Gregory Bateson  

Putting Down Roots: The 1950s  

Bateson (Continued)   

The Double-Bind Hypothesis  

Nathan Ackerman  

Murray Bowen  

Carl Whitaker  

Theodore Lidz  

Lyman Wynne  

Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy  

John Elderkin Bell  

Christian F. Midelfort 

Overview of the 1950s  

The Plant Begins to Bud: The 1960s  

Paradigm Shift  

The MRI  

Salvador Minuchin  

Other Developments  

Blossom Time: The 1970s  

Psychodynamic Approaches  

Natural Systems Theory  

Experiential Approaches 

Structural Approaches  

Strategic Approaches  

Communication Approaches  

Behavioral Approaches  

Gregory Bateson  

Connecting and Integrating: The 1980s  

Other Voices  

The Limits of History  

Controversy, Conflict, and Beyond: The 1990s  

The Feminist Critique  

Family Therapy and Family Medicine  

Integration and Metaframeworks  

Managed Care  

The Twenty-First Century: Continuing Concerns and Emerging Trends  

Summary

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections  

 

Chapter 3: The Paradigmatic Shift of Systems Theory  

A Cybernetic Epistemology  

Recursion  

Feedback  

Morphostasis/Morphogenesis  

Rules and Boundaries  

Openness/Closedness  

Entropy/Negentropy  

Equifinality/Equipotentiality  

Communication and Information Processing  

Relationship and Wholeness  

Goals and Purposes  

Cybernetics of Cybernetics  

Wholeness and Self-Reference  

Openness and Closedness  

Autopoiesis  

Structural Determinism  

Structural Coupling and Nonpurposeful Drift  

Epistemology of Participation  

Reality as a Multiverse  

Summary 

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections 

  

Chapter 4: Postmodernism and Family Therapy 

Postmodernism in Historical Perspective 

Constructivism and Social Constructionism  

Deconstruction and the Role of Language  

The Role of the Individual  

The Debates  

First-Order versus Second-Order Therapy  

Postmodernism and Cybernetics  

Self-Referential Inconsistencies and Other Challenges 

The Role of the Family  

Summary 

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections  

            

Chapter 5: The Family: Process, Development, and Context  

Process Dimensions  

Developmental Frameworks 

Contextual Issues  

Structural Variations  

Cultural Variations/Cultural Competence 

Other Diversity Issues  

Ecological Considerations  

Summary 

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections 

 

PART 2 THE PRACTICE OF FAMILY THERAPY

Chapter 6: Psychodynamic Approaches  

Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy  

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs 

Theory of Health/Normalcy  

Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions  

Systemic Consistency  

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective  

Object Relations Family Therapy  

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs 

Theory of Health/Normalcy  

Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions  

Systemic Consistency  

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective  

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections 

                    

Chapter 7: Natural Systems Theory  

Murray Bowen  

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs  

Theory of Health/Normalcy  

Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions  

Systemic Consistency  

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective  

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections 

 

Chapter 8: Experiential Approaches  

Carl Whitaker  

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs  

Theory of Health/Normalcy  

Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions  

Systemic Consistency  

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective  

Walter Kempler  

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs  

Theory of Health/Normalcy  

Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions  

Systemic Consistency  

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective  

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections 

 

Chapter 9: The Structural Approach  

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs  

Structure  

Subsystems  

Boundaries  

The Family over Time  

Structural Maps of the Family  

Theory of Health/Normalcy  

Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions  

Goals of Structural Therapy  

The Process of Change  

Systemic Consistency  

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective  

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections 

 

Chapter 10: Communication Approaches  

Early Researchers  

Don D. Jackson  

John H. Weakland  

Paul Watzlawick  

Review of Early Research  

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs  

Theory of Health/Normalcy  

Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions  

Systemic Consistency  

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective  

Virginia Satir  

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs  

Theory of Health/Normalcy  

Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions  

Systemic Consistency  

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective  

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections 

 

Chapter 11: Strategic Approaches and the Milan Influence  

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs  

Theory of Health/Normalcy  

Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions  

Two Examples  

Jay Haley  

Milan Systemic/Strategic Therapy  

Systemic Consistency 

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective 

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections 

 

Chapter 12: Behavioral/Cognitive Approaches  

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs 

Definitions  

Theory of Health/Normalcy  

Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions  

Traditional Behavioral Strategies/Interventions  

Cognitive–Behavioral Strategies/Interventions  

Four Examples  

Behavioral Parent Training  

Behavioral Marital Therapy 

Functional Family Therapy  

Conjoint Sex Therapy  

Systemic Consistency  

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections 

  

Chapter 13: Postmodern Approaches  

The Reflecting Team: Tom Andersen 

Solution-Oriented Therapy: William O’Hanlon  

Solution-Focused Therapy: Steve de Shazer  

Externalization and Reauthoring Lives and Relationships: Michael White and David Epston  

Therapeutic Conversations: Harlene Anderson and Harry Goolishian  

Systemic Consistency  

Questions and Reflections from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective  

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections 

 

PART 3 THE SYSTEMIC PRACTITIONER  

Chapter 14:  Family Assessment  

History  

Family Assessment and Classification—General Models  

Family Assessment and Classification—Scientific Approaches  

Family Assessment and Classification—Some Concerns  

Systemic Analysis/Multidimensional Assessment  

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections 

 

Chapter 15: Therapeutic Intervention/Perturbation  

A Theory of Change  

Reframing  

Paradoxical Interventions  

Problem Formation/Resolution  

Stochastic Processes  

Perturber versus Change Agent  

Meaningful Noise  

Language and Worldviews  

Stability and Change  

Information and Perturbation  

The Theory of Change, Meaningful Noise, and the Postmodernist Perspective  

Ethical Issues  

AAMFT Code of Ethics 

Ethics and Second-Order Cybernetics 

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections 

 

Chapter 16: Training and Supervision  

Teaching and Learning the Systemic/Cybernetic Perspective  

Supervision: Modalities, Myths, and Realities  

Legal and Ethical Issues in Training and Supervision  

Supervision from a Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodern Perspective  

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections 

 

Chapter 17: Research in Family Therapy  

Family Therapy Research in the Logical Positivist Tradition  

From Efficacy Research to Progress Research  

Evidence Based Practice

A Second-Order Cybernetics/Postmodernist Consideration of Quantitative and Qualitative Research  

Systemic Consistency  

The New Physics  

Implications for the Social Sciences 

Implications of a Cybernetic Perspective  

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections 

 

Chapter 18: Epistemological Challenges: Thinking About Our Thinking  

Mind and Nature/Stories  

Conceptual Pathologies  

Problems Exist “Out There”  

The Map Is the Territory  

Defining Differences in Isolation  

Independence/Autonomy and Unilateral Control  

You Can Do Just One Thing  

Control Is Possible  

We Can Just Observe  

The Paradox of Being a Systemic Therapist  

Continuing Challenges  

More on Teaching and Learning the Cybernetic Perspective  

In Conclusion 

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections 

 

References  

Name Index 

Subject Index 

 



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