1st Edition

101 More Interventions in Family Therapy

By Thorana S Nelson, Terry S Trepper Copyright 1998
    542 Pages
    by Routledge

    548 Pages
    by Routledge

    Inside 101 More Interventions in Family Therapy, you'll discover many revolutionary and flexible strategies for family counseling intervention that you can tailor, amend, and apply in your own practice. Designed to appeal to professionals of beginning, intermediate, or advanced level status, 101 More Interventions in Family Therapy caters to an even broader range of ethnic, racial, gender, and class contexts than did its well-received predecessor, 101 Interventions in Family Therapy. You'll also find that this volume encompasses a wider variety of family therapy orientations, including strategic, behavioral, family of origin, solution-focused, and narrative.

    In 101 More Interventions in Family Therapy, you'll have at your fingertips a collection of favorite, tried-and-true interventions compiled, revised, and delivered to you by the professionals who use them--the clinicians themselves. You'll gain valuable insight into:

    • effective and useful assessment strategies
    • therapy that addresses school and career problems
    • questions to use in solution-focused therapy
    • questions to use in narrative therapy
    • ideas for resolving intergenerational issues
    Too often, the in-the-trenches accounts you need to help add variety and a high success rate to your own practice come to you piecemeal in journals or newsletters. But in 101 More Interventions in Family Therapy, you'll find 101 handy, easy-to-read, and fun ways to modify your own therapeutic styles for a truly diverse variety of clientele and settings right where you want them--in one volume, in one place. Even after a few chapters, you'll discover 101 reasons to be happy with the prospect of improving your practice. Specifically, some of the interesting tips and techniques you'll read about include:
    • applying theater techniques to family therapy
    • using an alarm clock and rubber band as props in clinical practice with children, couples, and families
    • utilizing the “play baby” intervention to coach parents on ways to address their child(ren)'s concerns
    • adopting a “Columbo therapy” approach--one in which the therapist acts confused and asks questions out of a genuine curiosity about the client's experience--to take a one-down position with clients
    • creating a safe space in therapy and helping clients transfer it into their lives
    • using homework to increase the likelihood of producing desired therapeutic outcomes

    About the Editors
    • Contributors
    • Preface
    • Don't Just Do Something, Stand There
    • Mirroring Movement for Increasing Family Cooperation
    • Seeing the Obvious: Data Collection in Therapy
    • Of Clocks and Rubber Bands: On the Use of Props in Family Therapy
    • Know the Enemy's Strategies and You Will Know Your Own Power
    • The Race Is On! A Group Contingency Program to Reduce Sibling Aggression (Kristin E. Robinson)
    • Attitude as Intervention
    • Sculpting Stepfamily Structure
    • Taped Supervision as a Reflecting Team
    • Becoming the “Alien” Other
    • Playing Baby
    • Competing Voices: A Narrative Intervention
    • Start with Meditation
    • Emotional Restructuring: Re-Romancing the Marital Relationship
    • It's Bigger Than Both of Us
    • Joining with Jenga: An Intervention for Building Trust with Stepfamilies
    • Crisis Intervention with Families: A One-Down Position
    • Columbo Therapy As a One-Down Positioning with Families
    • Seeing Change When Clients Don't
    • Making the Genogram Solution Based
    • From Alienation to Collaboration: Three Techniques for Building Alliances with Adolescents in Family Therapy
    • What I Needed versus What I Got: Giving Clients Permission to Grieve
    • Starting with the Familiar: Working with “Difficult” Clients
    • A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words: Use of Family Photographs to Promote Parental Nurturance in Family Therapy with Adolescents
    • A Fairy-Tale Ending
    • The Wall of Defenses
    • Single Women and the Grief Circle
    • Slaying the Wild Things
    • The Nightmare Question: Problem Talk in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with Alcoholics and Their Families
    • I Rewrite with a Little Help from My Friends
    • Time and Couples, Part I: The Decompression Chamber
    • Time and Couples, Part II: The Sixty-Second Pleasure Point
    • Debunking Addictive Religious Belief Systems in Marital Therapy
    • Ceremony to Memorialize Old Hurts
    • Strategic Journaling
    • A Solution-Focused Guessing Game for Children
    • The Problem Box Ritual: Helping Families Prepare for Remarriage
    • Using Batacca Sticks in Couple Therapy
    • Necessity's Way
    • Couples Group Psychotherapy with HIV-infected Gay Men
    • The Grid
    • Revisiting the Subject of Emotional Highs and Lows: Two Interventions
    • Changing Hats During Therapeutic Impasses
    • Reciprocal Double Binds, Amplification of Constructions of Reality, and Change in a Training Context
    • The Play Is the Thing: Using Self-Constructed Board Games in Family Therapy
    • Therapists Must Be EXPLISSIT
    • The Relapse Is Your Friend
    • Sculptural Metaphors to Create Discontinuity and Novelty in Family Therapy
    • A Therapeutic Remarriage Ritual
    • The Complaint Technique
    • “Time Out”--Calming the Chaos
    • An Empirically Driven Marital Therapy Intervention
    • Symbols in Relationships (Don G. Brown)
    • Use of Structural Family Therapy to Facilitate Adjustment Among Adolescent Leukemia Patients
    • “We versus It” (Jan Osborn)
    • “The Many Colors of Divorce”
    • On a Scale From One to Ten . . .
    • Genograms in a Multicultural Perspective
    • Using Art to Aid the Process of Externalization
    • The “What Are You Prepared to Do?” Question (David Pearson)
    • Race in Family Therapy: Unnoticeable or Relevant?
    • The Extramarital Affair: Honesty and Deconstructive Questioning
    • Three Excellent Agreements: Wynona and the Eighteen-Wheeler
    • Functions of Behavior in the Adolescent Family
    • Together and Apart: Daily Rituals in Divorced and Remarried Families
    • Trance and Transformation: Intervention with Verbally Combative Couples
    • Many Smalls Steps Instead of One Intervention
    • Metacommunication and Role Reversal as an Intervention
    • Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones: The Verbally Abusive Child
    • Binuclear Family Therapy: Conflict Reduction Through Agreeing to Disagree


    Thorana S Nelson, Terry S Trepper