Essential Skills in Family Therapy: From the First Interview to Termination
Publisher: The Guilford Press
ISBN 10: 1572303077
ISBN 13: 978-1572303072
"This is a valuable and welcome text for the beginning family therapist and for students preparing for careers in the field. I was impressed by the wide array of coverage and the clear and practical way in which the material is presented. The authors, all skilled therapists and trainers, combine their knowledge and expertise to provide a guide which I will look forward to using in my classes to help students on their road to becoming artful, empathic, and knowledgeable therapists. As a trainer and supervisor, I am grateful to these four authors." --Marcia Lasswell, MA, University of Southern California
"An unprecedented clinical primer illustrated with myriad helpful suggestions that take into account the inner dilemmas of the therapist. This comprehensive and up-to-date book serves as a detailed manual of operations for clinicians, one that can be referred to again and again--like a wise consultant--when treatment gets 'stuck.' Even more crucially, therapists will learn the basis for thinking and acting with a biopsychosocial and integrative view of effective practice in the context of current changes in health care delivery. Trainers, supervisors, and students of family therapy will wonder how they could teach and learn before the publication of this book." --Celia Jaes Falicov, PhD, Associate Clinical Professor, University of California at San Diego
"An up-to-date and comprehensive 'how-to' manual that specifically addresses the anxieties and knowledge gaps of beginners regarding the 'nuts-and-bolts' of treatment, and that also addresses the administrative and political issues that surround MFT treatment at the turn of the century....As with an actual person who mentored me, this book speaks with clinical wisdom, clarity, gentleness, sensitivity, and flexibility; and I believe it will empower beginning therapists to do their best work." --from the Foreword by Douglas H. Sprenkle, PhD, Purdue University
About the Author
Lee Williams, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling Program at the University of San Diego. A licensed family therapist and an Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Dr. Williams has published articles on topics including premarital counseling, family therapy training, and supervision.
Claudia Grauf-Grounds, PhD, teaches in the Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling Program at the University of San Diego. She also serves on the Behavioral Science faculty of Sharp HealthCare's Family Practice Residency and is Director of San Diego's New Life Clinics, a multidisciplinary mental health practice.
Larry Chamow, PhD, has been a practicing family therapist for 18 years. He serves on the faculties of the Marital and Family Therapy Program, University of San Diego, and the California School of Professional Psychology. An Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of the American Family Therapy Academy, he conducts his private practice at the Pacific Family Institute in Carlsbad, California.
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1. The Beginning Family Therapist: Taking on the Challenge 2. Before the Intitial Interview 3. The Initial Interview 4. Guidelines for Conducting Assessment 5. Developing a Treatment Focus 6. Basic Treatment Skills 7. Working with Families and Children 8. Working with Couples 9. When a Family Member Has a Mental Illness 10. Getting Unstuck in Therapy 11. Termination 12. Family Therapy in the Future: Pertinent Issues for Beginning Clinicians