Bringing together clinical expertise with the latest findings from social, affective, and cognitive neuroscience, this accessible guide outlines how basic concepts of neuroscience and family therapy can be highly relevant to all mental health treatment.
This expanded second edition includes content on a range of areas including effects of racism, poverty, violence, and childhood abuse on the brain; substance abuse; and advances in the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. Grounded in five key tenets of neuroscience, the approaches highlighted in this book focus on the safety of secure bonds for children, adolescents, couples, and families, as well as how an understanding of neuroscience can be utilized by professionals during trauma therapy. The stages of brain development provide a map for practitioners that illustrates dozens of practical, daily interventions. Chapters discuss neuroscience in light of a range of contemporary dilemmas for client engagement, accompanied throughout by fresh case examples, worksheets, clinical guidelines, and step-by-step interventions.
Written in a jargon-free style, The Transparent Brain in Couple and Family Therapy, second edition is an essential resource for mental health professionals using neuroscientific principles to bring relief to clients from diverse backgrounds.
Table of Contents
1. Journey to the Center of the Brain 2. A Miraculous Biological Drama 3. Human Development: Prehistoric, Microscopic, and Biographic 4. Soul Food: Neurophysiology and The Therapeutic Relationship 5. The Brain Ambushed: Trauma Basics, Children and Adolescents 6. The Brain Ambushed: Adult Wounds and Holistic Practice 7. The Brain in Marriage, Love, and Sex 8. The Social Brain: Ecosystemic Approaches to Transform the Tribe 9. The Future of Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Common Factors, Common Solutions 10. Appendices
Suzanne Midori Hanna, Ph.D., is a marriage and family therapist with over 30 years’ experience as a clinician, educator, and program developer. She is the author of The Practice of Family Therapy: Key Elements Across Models (fifth edition). As a clinical fellow and approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, she has been a faculty member, program director, and program developer for COAMFTE-accredited programs in Wisconsin, Kentucky, California, and Minnesota. She currently teaches for Capella University, USA.
"Suzanne Midori Hanna’s book is a must-read primer going beyond conventional couple and family therapy perspectives in understanding the brain’s functioning. It is a delightful guide full of important information for those wanting to know more about the transparent brain. It focuses on an ecosystemic approach weaving multicultural and contextual perspectives. She covers critical issues from the neuroscience of racism and cultural wounding to the soul food for the therapeutic relationship. Read this book - and learn from one of the best." - Manijeh Daneshpour, PhD, distinguished professor of couple and family Therapy, Alliant International University