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Essential Skills in Family Therapy (2ND 09 Edition)by Joellen Patterson
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Book News Annotation:
In this update of the 1998 edition, Patterson and other professors of marital and family therapy at the University of San Diego, plus a colleague at Seattle Pacific University, once again address the issues that cause anxiety in beginning family/couple therapists. From a biopsychosocial perspective, they present guidelines for determining appropriate family member involvement, case formulation, assessment, and treatment. They also address administrative issues including ensuring confidentiality and dealing with non-shows. The text includes useful summary tables and self- assessment questions. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Readable and concise yet immensely informative, this bestselling text prepares students and new therapists to work confidently and effectively in real-world clinical practice with families. The authors offer wise and compassionate guidance on everything from intake and assessment to treatment planning, the nuts and bolts of specific interventions, the nuances of establishing therapeutic relationships, and how to troubleshoot when treatment gets stuck.” They help the novice clinician navigate typical dilemmas and concerns, and spell out the basics of therapist self-care. Vivid case examples, sample forms, and quick-reference tables enhance the utility of the text.
New to This Edition
*Updated throughout to reflect current clinical findings and practices.
*Many new or revised case examples.
*Now more integrative--shows how to flexibly draw on multiple theories and techniques.
*New topics, including "Dealing with Clients We Dislike."
See also the authors' Essential Assessment Skills for Couple and Family Therapists, which shows how to weave assessment into all phases of therapy, and Clinician's Guide to Research Methods in Family Therapy.
About the Author
JoEllen Patterson, PhD, is Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.
Lee Williams, PhD, is Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego and does couple therapy with veterans at the VA San Diego Medical Center.
Todd M. Edwards, PhD, is Associate Professor and Director of the Marital and Family Therapy Program at the University of San Diego and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.
Larry Chamow, PhD, is Clinical Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego and is in full-time private practice at the Pacific Family Institute in Carlsbad, California.
Claudia Grauf-Grounds, PhD, is Professor and Chair of Marriage and Family Therapy at Seattle Pacific University and a clinical faculty member at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Table of Contents
Foreword, Douglas H. Sprenkle
1. The Beginning Family Therapist: Taking On the Challenge
2. Before the Initial Interview
3. The Initial Interview
4. Guidelines for Conducting Assessment
5. Developing a Treatment Focus
6. Basic Treatment Skills and Interventions
7. Working with Families and Children
8. Working with Couples
9. When a Family Member Has a Mental Illness
10. Getting Unstuck in Therapy
12. Family Therapy in the Future: Pertinent Issues for Beginning Clinicians
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