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Multi-Dimensional Therapy with Families, Children and Adults
The Diamond Model

ISBN 9781138282513
Published April 20, 2018 by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

Multi-Dimensional Therapy with Families, Children and Adults: The Diamond Model is a comprehensive introduction to a model of multi-systemic, integrative, culturally competent, child and family-oriented psychotherapy: The Diamond Model.

This model integrates a great number of concepts, methods and techniques, found in diverse fields such as the various branches of psychology and psychotherapy, cultural anthropology, biology, linguistics and more, into a single linguistically unified theoretical and methodological framework. Through this model, the author presents clinical cases to help explore various internal and external factors that lead individuals and families to seek out therapy. The book also reserves a special place for examining play therapeutic and culturally competent techniques.

With vivid clinical examples throughout, Multi-Dimensional Therapy with Families, Children and Adults serves both as a theory-to-practice guide and as a reference book for therapists working with children and families in training and practice.  

Table of Contents





Part 1 Theoretical and methodological foundations

Chapter 1 The Diamond Model - essentials

Chapter 2 The sublanguages of information processing, cybernetics and semiotics

Chapter 3 The synchronic and diachronic perspectives and the concept of simplicity

Part 2 The internal and external subsystems

Chapter 4 The internal subsystems

Chapter 5 The external subsystems

Part 3 Multi-systemic diagnosis

Chapter 6 Collecting and analyzing diagnostic data

Chapter 7 Organizing the multi-systemic diagnostic data

Part 4 Therapy

Chapter 8 Planning and carrying out the therapy

Chapter 9 The healing power of various therapeutic techniques

Chapter 10 Make-believe play as a therapeutic instrument

Chapter 11 Monitoring the therapeutic process


List of cases, examples and observations


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Dr. Shlomo Ariel is a senior clinical psychologist and family therapist, an international trainer of therapists and Director of the Integrative Psychotherapy Center and the Israel Play Therapy Institute in Ramat Gan, Israel.



In this fascinating book, Dr. Ariel provides a superb framework for
learning to be an integrative therapist. The book brings an energetic
and unique perspective; giving access to inner workings of language in
therapy, thus providing critical ground for learning from clinical
experience. Dr. Ariel’s background in linguistics gives him ease in
dealing with and integrating concepts and findings from various fields.
He creates a language, simultaneously alive and rigorous, for
acknowledging and working creatively with the unending complexity of
human experience.

David Keith, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Family Therapy, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, N.Y.



This outstanding book provides a comprehensive overview of The Diamond Model, developed by the author. It sheds a new light on the ways systemic therapists can proceed through all the stages of therapy, applying an integration of various effective techniques. The author has demonstrated his capacity to clarify his multidimensional and culturally informed Diamond Model in a way that is easy to understand. Recently, Dr. Ariel trained a first generation of family therapists to apply The Diamond Model here in Kosovo. The trainees have found this model very useful as a theory-into-practice guide for working with complex cases.

Mimoza Shahini, Dr. Sci.; Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Mitrovica University; Director, The Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinic, Prishtina University, Kosovo