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1st Edition

Systemically Treating Autism
A Clinician’s Guide for Empowering Families

ISBN 9781138306585
Published February 22, 2019 by Routledge
256 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Systemically Treating Autism provides a unique resource for family therapists and other mental health professionals who want to increase their understanding of families with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Through a combination of research, practical interventions, and case vignettes, this text covers the diagnosis of ASD, how ASD impacts the family, systemic theories that can be used when treating families with children with ASD, spirituality and cultural dynamics, and collaboration with other professionals. Providing a systemic framework for conceptualizing a diagnosis that is typically discussed from an individual perspective, this book guides mental health clinicians toward a better understanding of how they can help the entire family unit.

Table of Contents

Introduction  SECTION I: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders  Chapter 1: A Century of Autism: The Story of the Diagnosis  Chapter 2: It’s a Wide the Spectrum: Understanding the Characteristics and Tendencies of ASD  Chapter 3: It May Not Be ASD: Distinguishing Autism Spectrum Issues from Other Diagnoses  SECTION II: Autism, The Family, and The Wider Community  Chapter 4: The Parental Subsystem: The Effects of Raising a Child with ASD  Chapter 5: How to Assist and Empower Parents Raising a Child with ASD  Chapter 6: The Sibling Subsystem: The Effects of Being Raised with an Individual with ASD  Chapter 7: Providing Resources for Neurotypical Siblings of Children with ASD  Chapter 8: Autism and Society: How ASD Influences the Extended Family and Society  SECTION III: Applying Systemic Theories  Chapter 9: The Use of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with Families  Chapter 10: Focusing on Emotions of Couples: Tailoring Emotionally Focused Therapy to Couples with Children with ASD  Chapter 11: Using Bowen Family Systems Theory with Families  Chapter 12: Decoding the Puzzle of Fairness: Using Contextual Family Therapy with Families  Chapter 13: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with Families  SECTION V: ASD through the Lifespan  Chapter 14: Empowering Parents After a Recent Diagnosis  Chapter 15: Empowering Families During Early and Middle Childhood  Chapter 16: Empowering Families Transitioning into High School  Chapter 17: Empowering Families Transitioning into Early Adulthood  Chapter 18: Empowering Families Deciding Between Home or Placement and Coping with Placement Decisions  Chapter 19: Assisting the Family After Divorce or Separation  SECTION VI: Special Topics  Chapter 20: Arranging an Appropriate Therapeutic Environment  Chapter 21: Spirituality and the Family Unit  Chapter 22: Caregiver and Professional Perspectives: From Financial Planning Obstacles to Optimizing the Future  Chapter 23: Evidence-Based Practices  Chapter 24: It Takes a Village: Collaborating with Mental Health Professionals  Chapter 25: Helping the Family Communicate with Technology  Chapter 26: Self-Compassion and Raising a Child with ASD

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Brie Turns, PhD, LMFT-A is an assistant professor at Fuller Theological Seminary-Arizona and provides clinical treatment to families raising a child with autism spectrum disorder at the Family Christian Counseling Center.

Julie Ramisch, PhD, LMFT is the director of Coastal Center for Collaborative Health where she offers counseling, supervises other therapists, and authors publications about working with families with children with autism spectrum disorder.

Jason Whiting, PhD, LMFT is a professor at Brigham Young University where he researches conflict and challenges in families. He is the author of books and blogs to help strengthen couples.