In this textbook for students and instructors of marriage and family therapy, Bethany C. Suppes offers a refreshed perspective of family systems therapy (FST), focusing on the importance of understanding its concepts and demonstrating how models of marriage and family therapy can appear practically in counseling.
In Part I, Suppes begins with a theoretical overview of FST, including the history of development, key theorists, and defining core concepts. In Part II, she focuses on application and explores nine key components of FST, identifying how various systemic therapy models apply these concepts. The book also covers the professional responsibilities of the systemic therapist and cultural considerations for those using the theory professionally.
Primarily written for those having their first exposure to the ideas of FST, it explains concepts in a language and structure that is more comprehensive and culturally aware than existing literature, aiming to improve the therapeutic process for both therapist and client.
Table of Contents
Part I: Theoretical Overview 1. History of Family Systems Theory 2. Differentiating Therapeutic Theory and Clinical Modality 3. Role of the Therapist in Family Systems Theory Part II: Theoretical Application 4. FST Concept I) Wholeness 5. FST Concept II) You Cannot Not Communicate 6. FST Concept III) Context Is Key 7. FST Concept IV) Co-occurring Systems 8. FST Concept V) Boundaries 9. FST Concept VI) Circular Causality Part III: Additional Considerations 10. Role of Individual Psychology in Family Systems Theory 11. Cultural Considerations of Family Systems Theory
Dr. Bethany C. Suppes is a marriage and family therapist and approved supervisor based in Spokane, Washington, USA. She has experience as a clinical director and assistant professor along with author and psychotherapist.