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Book News Annotation:

Madsen (collaborative and narrative therapies, Family Institute of Cambridge) addresses family therapists, offering advice for providing best care to "difficult" or "multi- stressed" families when they themselves may be under overwhelming institutional and financial pressures. Chapters explore strategies for assessing clients, engaging reluctant families, and helping families maintain collaborative skills outside of sessions. Material is centered around four conceptual developments that ask a therapist to: recognize the importance of relational stance with families, view clients as being in a relationship with the problems in their lives, develop a proactive vision to guide work with clients, and engage in collaborative inquiry. Updates in this second edition address new challenges to therapists who use nontraditional approaches within hierarchical systems. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This text and professional resource offers an alternative approach to thinking about and working with “difficult” families. From a nonpathologizing stance, William C. Madsen demonstrates creative ways to help family members shift their relationship to longstanding problems; envision desired lives; and develop more proactive coping strategies. Anyone working with families in crisis, especially in settings where time and resources are scarce, will gain valuable insights and tools from this book. 

About the Author

William C. Madsen, PhD, is the Director of the Training Program in Collaborative and Narrative Therapies at the Family Institute of Cambridge and the Director of the Family-Centered Services Project, an organizational change initiative dedicated to helping state organizations and community agencies develop more respectful and responsive ways of interacting with clients and families. Over the past 25 years, he has developed and administered many innovative programs, and currently provides training and consultation regarding collaborative approaches to therapy and the development of institutional cultures that support family-centered work.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reflective Practice in Frenzied Times

1. Working with Multi-Stressed Families: Recognizing the Importance of Relational Stance

2. What We See Is What We Get: Reexamining Our Assessment Process

3. Collaboration Is a Two-Way Street: Engaging Reluctant Families

4. Developing a Proactive Vision to Guide Clinical Work: Collaborative Therapy Contracts

5. Collaborative Inquiry: An Anthropological Approach to "Intervening" with Families

6. Examining the Relationship between Clients and the Problems in Their Lives

7. Helping Clients Shift Their Relationship to Problems and Develop Preferred Lives

8. Developing Communities to Support New Lives

9. Solidifying New Lives through Therapeutic Documents

10. Sustaining a Collaborative Practice in the "Real" World

Appendices: A. One Example of a Strength-Based Assessment Outline. B. Questions to Assess Externalized Problems Rather Than Families. C. Considerations in Collaborative Therapy Contracts. D. An Interview Outline to Consolidate Alternative Stories. E. Coauthoring Termination/Consolidation Summaries with Clients.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781593854348
Author:
Madsen, William C.
Publisher:
Guilford Publications
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Counseling
Subject:
Family Therapy
Subject:
Psychotherapy - Couples & Family
Subject:
Work
Subject:
Problem families
Subject:
Psychology-Couple and Family Therapy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The Guilford Family Therapy Series
Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
388
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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This text and professional resource offers an alternative approach to thinking about and working with “difficult” families. From a nonpathologizing stance, William C. Madsen demonstrates creative ways to help family members shift their relationship to longstanding problems; envision desired lives; and develop more proactive coping strategies. Anyone working with families in crisis, especially in settings where time and resources are scarce, will gain valuable insights and tools from this book. 

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