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Family Therapy: History, Theory, and Practice, CourseSmart eTextbook, 5th Edition

By Samuel T. Gladding

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Mar 23, 2010

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For courses in Marriage and Family Counseling, Marital Therapy, and Family Therapy.


The most thorough and well-written text in the field, Family Therapy: History, Theory, and Practice, covers all aspects of working with families. Beginning with an explanation of how individual and family life cycles differ and how healthy and dysfunctional families operate regardless of structure or ethnicity, the author clearly covers the basic processes involved in treating couples and families before delving into a dozen theoretical ways of treating families. Readers will learn about the history of family therapy, multicultural aspects of family therapy, ways of working with various types of families, ethical and legal issues involved in family therapy, and ways of assessing families. 


Thoroughly updated and revised, the fifth edition is logically organized into three sections—Understanding Families and Family Dynamics, Therapeutic Approaches to Working with Families, and Professional and Clinical Issues in Family Therapy. Each chapter has an abundance of examples and case studies, and discussion questions included at the end of each chapter help to engage class participation.

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Part One        Understanding Families and Family Dynamics                                                   

Chapter 1: Individual and Family Life Cycles                                                            

Chapter 2: Healthy and Dysfunctional Families

Chapter 3: Working with Culturally Diverse Families

Chapter 4: Working with Single-Parent Families                                                       

Chapter 5: Working with Blended Families                                                                           

Part two        Therapeutic Approaches to Working with Families                                            

Chapter 6: History of Family Therapy                                                                      

Chapter 7: The Process of Family Therapy                                                               

Chapter 8: Couple and Marriage Enrichment and Therapy                                        

Chapter 9: Psychodynamic and Bowen Family Therapies                                         

Chapter 10: Experiential Family Therapy                                                                  

Chapter 11: Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapies                          

Chapter 12: Structural Family Therapy                                                                     

Chapter 13: Strategic Family Therapy                                                                      

Chapter 14: Solution-Focused and Narrative Family Therapies                                 

   Part Three   Professional Issues and Research in Family Therapy

Chapter 15: Working with Substance-Related Disorders,

Domestic Violence, and Child Abuse                                                                  

Chapter 16: Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Family Therapy                       

Chapter 17: Research and Assessment in Family Therapy

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