Systems Theory and Family Therapy describes the basic concepts of systems theory and its application in family therapy in a clear, understandable manner with many illustrations drawn from clinical practice. This edition provides a revised and updated version of the original, that simplifies a complex area of study, enabling students to learn the subject more easily without being overwhelmed by the language normally employed in presenting these subjects. The authors discuss the distinctions between modernism and postmodernism as well as first-order and second-order cybernetics. They also include discussions of constructivism and social constructionism, as well as the ramifications of these perspectives for the theory and practice of family therapy.
Dorothy S. Becvar is a Family Therapist in Private Practice and former Associate Professor at Radford University, Virginia. Raphael J. Becvar is Professor and Hanna Spyker Eminent Scholars Endowed Chair in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Louis University and is an Individual, Marriage, and Family Therapist in Private Practice.
chapter 1 Introduction: How to Use This Book chapter 2 About Theories chapter 3 Systems Theory/Cybernetics: A Paradigm Shift chapter 4 First Order Cybernetics: Definition of Concepts chapter 5 Second Order Cybernetics: Definition of Concepts chapter 6 Family Interpretive Systems/Stories chapter 7 Family Development Through the Life Cycle chapter 8 The Family as a System chapter 9 Critiques and Defense of a System Perspective chapter 10 Implications for Family Therapy chapter 11 In Conclusion chapter 12 References chapter 13 Index