''Excellent, informative, helpful, and well written. As a psychologist who has seen many children and families in therapy, I was delighted to read How's Your Family Really Doing?
It is a wonderful resource that reflects the insights of two skilled and experienced family clinicians.
The book includes not only practical, realistic ideas for enriching one's family life, but also a 50-point self-assessment instrument to examine one's family's strengths and the areas that require improvement. It is written in a readerfriendly manner that will be read and re-read by families and professionals alike. Don and Debra are to be commended for their impressive book.''--Robert Brooks, Ph.D., Psychologist, Faculty of Harvard Medical School, co-author of Raising Resilient Children
, and co-author of The Power of Resilience
''The 10 Keys provided in How's Your Family Really Doing? will ensure the answer is, 'Getting better all the time.' These keys, such as Seeing the Positive, Balancing Closeness and Difference, Making Decisions, and Parenting Together, contain subtle insights that will appeal to even the most thoughtful and conscientious parents. Every key is backed up by very specific, practical steps just about everyone can realistically take. A brief quiz at the outset also helps parents identify their priority areas, so if you don't want to read the entire book, you can focus on what is most important to you right now.
Don and Debra have harnessed their extensive clinical experience, their parenting wisdom, and what is obviously a strong sense of family to create a resource that will be of lasting value to parents, prospective parents, grandparents, and clinicians. It is welcoming, warm, and wise.''--Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D. author, Emotionally Intelligent Parenting, Director of Clinical Training, Rutgers University
''Congratulations on an excellent book. The family is one of the mysteries of life--usually we can't live without them and, at times, we can't live with them. How's Your Family Really Doing? is truly a guide to the perplexed. Read it and you and your family will certainly grow together.''--Charles Fishman, M.D. co-author, Structural Family Therapy Techniques (with Salvador Minuchin), author, Intensive Structural Therapy, and Treating Troubled Adolescents
''I loved it. I think your book will make an important contribution to the world of self-help family-focused books. Everyone knows that the family is a unit but most parenting books don't treat it as such. Finally, here is a book that will really make a difference in your life because of its focus on the family." ----Dr. Jordan Paul, co-author, Do I Have to Give Up Me to Be Loved By You? and author of Becoming Your Own Hero
Husband and wife for twenty-nine years, Don MacMannis
, Ph.D., and Debra Manchester MacMannis
, M.S.W., have simultaneously served as directors of the Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara. In addition to nationwide lectures on families, they have provided postgraduate training to hundreds of therapists.