An Introduction to Family Therapy: Systemic Theory and Practice (4th Revised edition)

An Introduction to Family Therapy: Systemic Theory and Practice (4th Revised edition)

By: Ros Draper (author), Rudi Dallos (author)Paperback

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The fourth edition of the bestselling An Introduction to Family Therapy provides an overview of the core concepts informing family therapy and systemic practice, covering the development of this innovative field from the 1950s to the present day. The book considers both British and International perspectives and includes the latest developments in current practice, regulation and innovation, looking at these developments within a wider political, cultural and geographical context. The fully revised fourth edition also contains new material on: EXPANDED Chapter 4 'Ideas that keep knocking on the door'-updated with applications of attachment & narrative therapy, linking these ideas to issues of developing the therapeutic alliance with families EXPANDED Chapter 5 'Systemic Formulation'- updated with a view of formulation as a core skill in many therapeutic models, and an alternative to diagnosis EXPANDED Chapter 6 '21st Century Practice Development'- updated to include cutting edge innovations in the field, such as integrative practice EXPANDED Chapter 7 'Couple Therapy'- updated to include the more recent process and outcome research in the models, making link with current systemic practice and using more illustrative examples and highlighting how Relate has changed EXPANDED Chapter 8 'Research and Evaluation'- updated with a greater range or research methods and contemporary emphasis on evidence based practice Greater focus on key family therapy skills throughout the book in the updated 'Formats of Exploration' feature in each chapter Expanded lists of key texts and diagrams, suggested reading organized by topic, and new practical examples and exercises are also used in order to encourage the reader to explore and experiment with the ideas in their own practice. This book is key reading for students and practitioners of family therapy and systemic practice as well as those from the fields of counselling, psychology, social work and the helping professions who deal with family issues.

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Rudi Dallos is Research Director and Reader in Clinical Psychology on the Plymouth University doctoral training course in clinical psychology, and consultant clinical psychologist specialising in therapeutic work with children and their families in the Southwest. He has written several books including: Working Systemically with Families, Researching Psychotherapy and Counselling and Reflective Practice in Psychotherapy and Counselling (all Open University Press). Ros Draper is a therapist and teacher who has made major contributions to the development of family therapy in Britain over the last 35 years. As Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic, London, and the Institute of Family Therapy, London, she has worked in both adult and child psychiatric settings.


Introduction Experiences of systemic and family therapy A family's view Two therapists' views What is the 'family'? The family life cycle Allowing the family a voice The organizing framework of this book Key texts offering a historical overview of systemic and family therapy Setting the scene - 1950s 1. The first phase - 1950s to mid-1970s Cultural landscape Influential people and ideas Practice Commentary Key texts Skill guides 2. The second phase - mid-1970s to mid-1980s Cultural landscape Influential people and ideas Practice Commentary Key texts Skill guides 3. The third phase - mid-1980s to 2000 Cultural landscape Influential people and ideas Practice Commentary Key texts Skill guides 4. Emotions and attachments as the driving force in family systems Emotions and early family therapy concepts Attachment theory Attachment-oriented systemic therapies Reflections and summary Key texts 5. Systemic formulation and formulating Systemic theory: Formulation and formulating A case example of systemic formulation Formulating Commentary Key texts Skill guides Systemic formulation 6. Twenty-first century practice development: Conversations across the boundaries of models Cultural landscape Practice Commentary Key texts 7. Couple therapy Culture, family and couples contexts Approaches to couple therapy Influential people, ideas and services Twenty-first century practice and service developments Commentary Key texts 8. Research and evaluation Introduction Why conduct research? Evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence Science, research and systemic therapy Evaluation research: Does family therapy work? Therapy process research Family theory research Discussion and reflections Key texts 9. Reflections 2015 Current state of the art Crystal-ball gazing Developmental perspectives Review and summary Integrations

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/09/2015
  • ISBN13: 9780335264544
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 488
  • ID: 9780335264544
  • weight: 1
  • ISBN10: 0335264549
  • edition: 4th Revised edition

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