Handbook of Family Therapy
The Science and Practice of Working with Families and Couples
Integrative, research-based, multisystemic: these words reflect not only the state of family therapy, but the nature of this comprehensive handbook as well. The contributors, all well-recognized names who have contributed extensively to the field, accept and embrace the tensions that emerge when integrating theoretical perspectives and science in clinical settings to document the current evolution of couples and family therapy, practice, and research. Each individual chapter contribution is organized around a central theme: that the integration of theory, clinical wisdom, and practical and meaningful research produce the best understanding of couple and family relationships, and the best treatment options. The handbook contains five parts:
• Part I describes the history of the field and its current core theoretical constructs
• Part II analyzes the theories that form the foundation of couple and family therapy, chosen because they best represent the broad range of schools of practice in the field
• Part III provides the best examples of approaches that illustrate how clinical models can be theoretically integrative, evidence-based, and clinically responsive
• Part IV summarizes evidence and provides useful findings relevant for research and practice
• Part V looks at the application of couple and family interventions that are based on emerging clinical needs, such as divorce and working in medical settings.
Handbook of Family Therapy illuminates the threads that are common to family therapies and gives voice to the range of perspectives that are possible. Practitioners, researchers, and students need to have this handbook on their shelves, both to help look back on our past and to usher in the next evolution in family therapy.
Table of Contents
1. The Evolution of Couple and Family Therapy Jay Lebow and Thomas L. Sexton Part 1: Foundational Frameworks in Family & Couple Therapy 2. The Evolution of Systems Theory Alan Carr 3. A Family Developmental Framework: Challenges and Resilience Across the Life Cycle Froma Walsh 4. The Neurobiology of Relationships Mona Fishbane 5. The Multiculturalism and Diversity of Families Celia Falicov Part 2: Foundational Theoretical Principles and Core Clinical Models 6. Cognitive-Behavioral Couple and Family Therapy Frank M. Dattilio and Norman B. Epstein 7. Structural Family Therapy Jorge Colapinto 8. Psychodynamic Approaches to Couple and Family Therapy Janine Wanlass and David E. Scharff 9. Multigenerational Family Systems Elizabeth Skowron 10. Postmodern-Poststructural-Social Construction Therapies: Collaborative, Narrative, and Solution-Focused Harlene Anderson 11. Integrative Approaches to Couple and Family Therapy Jay Lebow Part 3: Evidence-Based Clinical Treatment Models 12. Multidimensional Family Therapy Howard Liddle 13. Functional Family Therapy: Evidence-Based, Clinically Specific, and Creative Clinical Decision Making Thomas L. Sexton 14. Multisystemic Therapy Sonja K. Schoenwald, Scott W. Henggeler, and Melisa D. Rowland 15. Brief Strategic Family Therapy Treatment for Behavior Problem Youth: Theory, Intervention, Research, and Implementation José Szapocznik, Johnathan H. Duff, Seth J. Schwartzm, Joan A. Muir, and C. Hendricks Brown 16. Family Psychoeducation for Severe Mental Illness William McFarlane 17. Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Empiricism and Art Susan M. Johnson and Lorrie Brubacher 18. Traditional and Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy Lisa A. Benson and Andrew Christensen 19. Cognitive Behavior Couple Therapy Norman B. Epstein, Frank M. Dattilio and Donald H. Baucom 20. Treating Adolescents with Eating Disorders Ivan Eisler, Daniel Le Grange and James Lock Part 4: Research Foundations 21. Current Status of Research on Couples Rebecca L. Brock, Emily Kroska and Erika Lawrence 22. Integrating Research and Practice through Intervention Science: New Developments in Family Therapy Research Corrine Datchi and Thomas L. Sexton 23. Research-based Change Mechanisms: Advances in Process Research Micki Frielander, Laurie Heatherington and Valentin Escudero Part 5: Emerging Domains 24. Medical Family Therapy Nancy Ruddy and Susan H. McDaniel 25. Separating, Divorced, and Remarried Families Robert Emery and Diana Dinescu 26. Empirically Informed Couple and Family Therapy: Past, Present, and Future William Pinsof, Terje Tilden and Jacob Goldsmith 27. Advancing Training and Supervision of Family Therapy Doug Breunlin 28. Integrative Problem Centered Metaframeworks (IPCM) Therapy William P. Russell, William Pinsof, Douglas C. Breunlin and Jay Lebow
Thomas L. Sexton, PhD, ABPP, is Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) at Indiana University. He is one of the model developers of Functional Family Therapy and is the author of over 50 journal articles, 25 book chapters, and 4 books.
Jay Lebow, PhD, ABPP, is Clinical Professor of Psychology and a senior therapist at the Family Institute at Northwestern and Northwestern University. Since 2012, he has been editor-in-chief of Family Process.
Years from now, this comprehensive handbook will prove to be one of the pillars that articulated the tenants of our beloved field! In the age of evidence based practice, this handbook further cements our identity as a research informed profession that provides 21st century clinical care. That is, each chapter is written from the framework of clinical wisdom nested within a research foundation. This book is the epitome of the Scientist-Practitioner model and is a must have for all couple and family therapists!--Anthony L. Chambers, PhD, ABPP-CFP, Chief Academic Officer and Vice President for Education and Research and President, American Psychological Association, Society for Couple and Family Psychology (Div. 43).
Lebow and Sexton’s who’s-who of contributors collectively reflect the richness and breadth of contemporary family therapy. The common thread is the integration of clinical wisdom with meaningful research. Each strengthens the other. The result is a gift to the field and a must-read for all serious family therapy students, clinicians, and researchers.--Fred P. Piercy, PhD, Professor of Family Therapy, Virginia Tech; Editor, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.
This landmark volume fills an essential niche in the field of family and couple therapy. The editors, Lebow and Sexton, have assembled an outstanding multidisciplinary group of contributors at the leading edge of the field. This book wonderfully achieves the goal of weaving together the best theory, practical and meaningful research, and clinical wisdom to guide best treatment options. Masterfully crafted, the Handbook of Family Therapy is an indispensable resource for students and senior practitioners.—John S. Rolland, MD, MPH, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine; Co-Director, Chicago Center for Family Health; Past President, American Family Therapy Academy.
It is an excellent reference resource for anyone who is interested in learning more about the current status of family therapy...The book could also be used as a text in an advanced graduate seminar for students who have already completed basic foundational coursework in systems theory and family therapy.-- Joseph A. Micucci, PhD, Chair of the Division of Psychology, Chestnut Hill College