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Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy: A Practical Approach to Theory and Clinical Case Documentation
Synopses & Reviews
MASTERING COMPETENCIES IN FAMILY THERAPY: THEORY-BASED ASSESSMENT provides a competency-based approach to teaching clinical skills in marriage and family therapy, an approach already adopted by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Using a light and inviting tone, Gehart offers a comprehensive five-step model for competent treatment which includes case conceptualization, clinical assessment (diagnosis) and case management, treatment planning, evaluation of progress, and documentation. The work also includes a set of useful clinical forms that can be applied in practice environments, as well as an introduction to the importance of theory and evidence-based practice in all five steps.
About the Author
Diane R. Gehart, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Fresno, and is the Director of Fresno Family Counseling Center and the University's New Horizon's in Family Therapy speaker series. She has received several grants to develop programs that support innovative services to economically disadvantaged children and families in the region and has developed an extensive family and child play therapy training program grounded in constructionist practices. Her research has included several qualitative projects on clients' perspective on therapy process.
Table of Contents
Part I: MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY COMPETENCIES. 1. Competency in Family Therapy. 2. Case Conceptualization. 3. Clinical Assessment. 4. Treatment Planning. 5. Evaluating Progress in Therapy. 6. Document It: Progress Notes. Part II: MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY THEORIES. 7. Understanding the Role of Theory in Therapy. 8. Philosophical Foundations of Family Therapy Theories. 9. Systemic and Strategic Therapies. 10. Structural Therapy. 11. Experiential Family Therapies. 12. Intergenerational and Psychoanalytic Family Therapies. 13. Behavioral and Cognitive Couple and Family Therapies. 14. Solution-Based Therapies. 15. Collaborative and Narrative Therapies. 16. Group Therapy With Couples and Families. Closing Thoughts: Where to Go From Here?
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