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Basic Concepts in Family Therapy: An Introductory Text 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0789009418
ISBN-10: 0789009412
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"A BRILLIANT BOOK introducing the most important and useful concepts for understanding families while grounding these concepts in authentic human experience. . . . The experience of reading this book is absolutely transformative. . . . EXTREMELY WELL WRITTEN, this book stimulates rich and provocative thinking about family issues." -- Keith A. Erickson, PhD, Coordinator of Clinical Services, Sunrise II Residential Program, Fairfax, Virginia

"A COMPREHENSIVE, EXPERIENTIAL RESOURCE THAT NO CLINICAL STUDENT NOR PRACTICING CLINICIAN SHOULD BE WITHOUT. . . . It is an honor and a privilege to be able to review such a well-written text. . . . AN EXCELLENT JOB at incorporating major theoretical approaches to treating families into one source. . . . AN INVALUABLE RESOURCE." -- Muriel Kennedy, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Government of the District of Columbia, Department of Human Services, Commission on Mental Health Services

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (April 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789009412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789009418
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joav Merrick on October 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book, well researched with up-to-date references and written with numerous case stories to illustrate the point in every relevant chapter. Linda Berg-Cross is affiliated with Howard University in Washington, DC, but also active in private practice working with individuals, families and groups with a another textbook on Couple Therapy to her name. This book is devided into six units: Getting acquinted with the family; Systems perspective on family concepts; Ecological stressors; A cognitive perspective on family concepts; A sibling perspective and A social psychological perspective with a total of 22 chapters. I especially liked the two chapters on "Family resiliency and poverty" and the last chapter on "Spirituality", both new additions to this second textbook edition. In the chapter on resiliency it is stressed that self-efficacy versus dependence and growth versus stagnation are two important issues in working with families living in poverty. Four models are discussed: The moral model, where the individual is responsible for his own problems and their solutions; the enlightenment model suggests that the individual is responsible for his problems, but the solution must be given oor told (to enlighten) from an outside source; the medical model sees the problem as a disease, where the individual has little power over the cause or the cure and the compensatory model that takes the position that the individual must compensate for the deficits imposed and overcome the barriers. It is very essential to realize that the solutions are not outside the client, but within and the function of the therapist is to assist the client to remove the stressors and unveil the family unit as resourceful and capable of solving their problems.Read more ›
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This book dealt with the family and the many issues that can come up in our daily lives. How a therapist and counselor deals with the individual is the basis for this book. It tells us of the practices before and what is being done now to include other therapy along with the ones used by people like Freud and others. Every day it is a challenge and a counselor and a therapist have to be ready to meet that challenge in order to help their clients.
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Format: Hardcover
Any collection strong in psychology or family therapy at the college level will find this newly revised and expanded edition of Basic Concepts In Family Therapy essential, providing over twenty basic psychological concepts therapists may use to understand and help clients. From poverty to family productivity, this provides an excellent survey of family therapy issues.
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Had bought this book for a class in group and couples therapy; though I have only read a few assigned chapters at this point, it is well=written, easily understandable, and has excellent examples. I'm looking forward to finishing the book. It is not a stuffy, textbook-like tome, but an informative and enlightening book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 2000
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Good overview of treatment considerations associated with family intervention. Some areas would benefit from updating, otherwise pretty sound. A respectable introductory text.
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