Written in everyday language, this comprehensive book presents the core principles of systems theory through the lens of individual, couple, and family therapy. Demonstrating how a systemic framework can complement or supplement more traditional individualistic models, each concept is discussed in depth and illustrated with clinically relevant examples that bring the material to life. Appropriate for use at the graduate level and by mental health professionals who want to gain a better understanding of how they can use a systems approach to enhance their work with clients.
Shelly Smith-Acuna, PhD, is the Director of the Doctoral Program in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. She teaches systems theory, family therapy, and couples therapy. In addition, she maintains a successful private practice.
Acknowledgements. Preface. Chapter One: Introduction to Systems Thinking. Chapter Two: Context. Chapter Three: Causality. Chapter Four: Communication. Chapter Five: Change. Chapter Six: Structure. Chapter Seven: History and Development. Chapter Eight: Social and Cultural Narratives. Chapter Nine: Applications to Theory, Research, and Organizations. References.