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Family Therapy
The Basics

  • Available for pre-order on May 4, 2023. Item will ship after May 25, 2023
ISBN 9781032319780
May 25, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Family Therapy: The Basics provides a clear and concise overview of the field of family therapy and its foundational models.

 This text explores the history, skills, and theories upon which family therapy rests, highlighting the main figures, concepts, ethical principles, and methods.Focusing on the breadth of the field, readers are provided answers to some of the most important questions for potential therapists:

  • What are the primary skills family therapists use to help families change?
  • How do family therapists incorporate aspects of diversity into their practice?
  • What are the major models of family therapy practice?
  • Where is the field of family therapy headed in the future?

Family Therapy: The Basics is an ideal introduction for students exploring the field of psychotherapy and how a focus on the family and the use of various family therapy theories can help shift family organizations and relationships.

Table of Contents

1. History of Family Therapy

Micheal D. Reiter

2. Family Therapy Ethics

Micheal D. Reiter

3. Systems Theory

Micheal D. Reiter

4. Core Competencies of Family Therapists

Micheal D. Reiter

5. Intergenerational Family Therapies

Micheal D. Reiter

6. Experiential Family Therapies

Micheal D. Reiter

7. Strategic Family Therapies

Micheal D. Reiter

8. Systemic Family Therapies

Micheal D. Reiter

9. Postmodern Family Therapies

Micheal D. Reiter

10. Diversity and Family Therapy

Michael D. Reiter & Joshua L. Boe

11. The Future of Family Therapy

Michael D. Reiter & John K. Miller


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Michael D. Reiter, Ph.D. is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Florida and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. He has taught family therapy courses for over 20 years and written 10 family therapy books and co-edited two books on therapy with couples


'In a casual, conversational style, Dr. Michael Reiter tells the story of family therapy. For the newly interested and beginning therapist, Reiter introduces the history, ethics, theorists, and the models that evolved since family therapy began in the 1950's. For the experienced family therapist, this book will be a reminder of the people and situations that built our profession. This title might say basic, but the content is anything but.'

Wade Luquet, PhD LCSW Gwynedd Mercy University. Author of Short-Term Couples Therapy: The Imago Model in Action.

'By sticking to the nuts and bolts while providing important contextual knowledge, Dr. Michael Reiter has simplified marriage and family therapy and brought fresh insight to a new generation of readers who can transform the field of study going forward.'

Dr. Kelsey Railsback, LMFT; Touro University Worldwide, USA; Associate Professor, MFT Program.