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Family Therapy: A Systemic Integration, CourseSmart eTextbook, 7th Edition

By Dorothy Stroh Becvar, Raphael J. Becvar

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Oct 15, 2008

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This comprehensive, yet user-friendly survey of the field of marriage and family therapy takes a holistic view and  looks at people within the context of their environment.

 

 

The systemic-cybernetic framework helps readers  understanding people and families in context.  The text – divided into three sections including "The Systemic Framework," "The Practice of Family Therapy," and "The Systemic Practitioner" – includes historical information, current developments,  and ongoing debates. Various family and developmental theories are integrated into a “dynamic process model” for viewing and understanding family interactions and relationships.  The family therapy models considered include psychodynamic, natural systems, experiential, structural, communications, strategic, and behavioral/cognitive as well as several postmodern  approaches.  Within the context of practice, Assessment; Intervention; Training/Supervision; Research; and Epistemological Challenges are described and discussed

Table of Contents

Preface

Part I                The Systemic Framework

 

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

 

2        The Historic Perspective 

                   Planting the Seeds:  The 1940s

                                    Cybernetics

                                    Development on 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

                                    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

 

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

 

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

 

5       The Family:  Process, Development, and Context

 

Process Dimensions Developmental Frameworks Contextual Issues

          Structural Variations

            Cultural Variations

            Other Diversity Issues

            Ecological Considerations

Summary       

 

part II               The Practice of Family Therapy

 

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 

 

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 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

11              Strategic Approaches and the Milan Influence

 

Basic Concepts/Theoretical Constructs

                             Theory of Health/Normalcy

                                    Therapeutic Strategies/Interventions

Three Examples

            Jay Haley

            Cloé Madanes

            Milan Systemic/Strategic Therapy

Systemic Consistency

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

 

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

 

13              Postmodern Approaches

 

The Reflecting Team:  Tom Andersen

Solution-Oriented Therapy:  William O’Hanlon

Solution-Focused Therapy:  Steve de Shazer

Externalization and Reauthoring Live 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

 

part III             The Systemic Practitioner

 

14              Family Assessment   History

Family Assessment and Classification — General Models

Family Assessment and Classification — Scientific Models

Family Assessment and Classification — Some Concerns

Systemic Analysis/Multidimensional Assessment

 

15              Therapeutic Intervention/Perturbation   A Theory of Change

            Reframing

            Paradoxical Intervention

            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

 

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/Postmodernist Perspective

 

17              research in family therapy

 

Family Therapy Research in the Logical Positivist Tradition

From Efficacy Research to Progress Research

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

Systemic Consistency

The New Physics

Implications for the Social Sciences

Ramifications of a Cybernetic Perspective

 

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

 

References

 

Name Index

 

Subject Index

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