Family Therapy: An Introduction to Process, Practice and Theory is a primer for students, professionals, and trainees to understand how family therapists conceptualize the problems people bring to therapy, utilize basic therapeutic skills to engage clients in the therapeutic process, and navigate the predominant models of family therapy. This text walks readers through each of these main areas via a straightforward writing style where they are provided with exercises and questions to help them develop the basic concepts and tools of being a family therapist. Upon finishing this book, students will have the foundational skills and knowledge needed to work relationally and systemically with clients.
Table of Contents
Preface Part I: THINKING OF A FAMILY THERAPIST 1. General Systems Theory 2. Self of the Therapist 3. Who is Your Client? 4. Diversity Part II: SKILLS OF A FAMILY THERAPIST 5. Beginning the Family Therapy Session 6. Basic Empathy Skills 7. Advanced Empathy Skills 8. Mutualization 9. Effective Use of Questions 10. Use of Self in Therapy 11. Dealing with Intensity 12. Goal Setting and Termination Part III: THEORY OF A FAMILY THERAPIST 13. Intergenerational Family Therapies 14. Experiential Family Therapies 15. Strategic Family Therapies 16. Systemic Family Therapies 17. Postmodern Family Therapies 18. Future of Family Therapy Appendix: Master "Cheat" Sheet References
Michael D. Reiter, PhD, is a professor of family therapy at Nova Southeastern University and author of Therapeutic Interviewing (Pearson, 2007), Case Conceptualization in Family Therapy (Pearson, 2014), The Craft of Family Therapy (Routledge, 2014)—written with Dr. Salvador Minuchin—, and Substance Abuse and the Family (Routledge, 2015).