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Family Therapy

100 Key Points and Techniques, 1st Edition

By Mark Rivett, Eddy Street


328 pages

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Family therapy is increasingly recognised as one of the evidence based psychotherapies. In contemporary therapeutic practice, family therapy is helpful across the age span and for distress caused by family conflict, trauma and mental health difficulties. Because of this, many psychotherapists integrate elements of family therapy within their approaches.

Family Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques provides a concise and jargon-free guide to 100 of the fundamental ideas and techniques of this approach.

Divided into helpful sections, it covers:

  • Family therapy theory
  • Essential family therapy practice
  • Using family therapy techniques
  • Common challenges in family therapy
  • Contemporary debates and issues
  • Self issues for family therapists.

Family Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques is an invaluable resource for psychotherapists and counsellors in training and in practice. As well as appealing to established family therapists, this latest addition to the 100 Key Points series will also find an audience with other mental health professionals working with families and interested in learning more about family therapy techniques.


"This book is excellent – clear, well organised, and very easy to find your way about!" - Arlene Vetere, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Surrey, UK

"Mark Rivett & Eddy Street can be congratulated for producing a work which is definitely above par to many contemporary texts. I wish I had had access to a book like this when I was training in family therapy, yet I am now fortunate to have it sitting on my bookshelf." - Dion Leeuwenburg, The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, No. 2, 2010

Table of Contents

Part I: Systems Theory. Part II: Complexities and Debates. Part III: Beginning Therapy. Part IV: The Therapist’s Techniques. Part V: Developing Interventions. Part VI: Techniques from Schools of Family Therapy. Part VII: Ending Therapy. Part VIII: The Self of the Therapist. Part IX: Dealing with Common Challenges in Family Therapy. Part X: Family Therapy in Contexts. Part XI: Debates and Issues.

About the Authors

Mark Rivett is a UKCP registered family therapist and Senior Lecturer and Director of Family Therapy Training at Bristol University. He is the current editor of the Journal of Family Therapy.

Eddy Street is a Chartered Clinical and Counselling Psychologist (BPS) and having spent most of his professional career in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services he is now working independently. He is a past editor of the Journal of Family Therapy, and has published widely on this subject.

About the Series

100 Key Points

The 100 Key Points series are concise and practical introductions to approaches and modalities in counselling and psychotherapy.

Ideal for those in training, or for professionals wishing to improve their practice.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Couples & Family