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Marriage and Family Therapy: A Practice-Oriented Approach Kindle Edition

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There are many different models of marriage and family therapy; the challenge for students and beginning practitioners is deciding which one best suits their individual purposes. This highly practical volume elucidates the defining characteristics of 14 contemporary models, including their history, views of change, views of family and the role of the therapist; and methods of assessing family dynamics, goal setting; facilitating change; and knowing when to terminate. Each chapter also includes a template for implementing therapy models, and realistic case studies-many drawn from actual practice-to illustrate how each model would address common issues.

In addition, the volume includes extensive interviews with master therapists such as Albert Ellis, Insoo Kim Berg, Sue Johnson, Susan McDaniel, Derald Wing Sue, and many others. They share their ideas of the ways in which change occurs, how they set goals, and how they perform therapy. For further clarification, each therapist illustrates how he/she would proceed via the same case study. Learning how to perform effective family therapy can be an arduous process of trial and error, yet this resource will ease the way for students and currently practicing family therapists who need to revisit the basics.

Modalities Included

Bowen Family Systems Theory
Contextual Family Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Family Therapy Models
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
Symbolic-Experiential Family Therapy
Satir Human Validation Process Model
Milan Systemic Family Therapy
Structural Family Therapy
Strategic Family Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with Families
Narrative Therapy with Families
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Medical Family Therapy
Family Psychoeducation

Key Features:

  • Introduces the theory, history, theoretical assumptions, techniques, and components of each model
  • Includes a template for using each model, from the initial meeting through assessment, intervention, and termination
  • Provides numerous interviews with master therapists
  • Includes case study commentary and analysis by master therapists
  • Suggests questions, therapeutic strategies, and/or comments to consider for each therapeutic phase
  • Includes a personality inventory to help readers select the most effective modality


About the Author

Linda Metcalf, PhD, LPC, LMFT is Associate Professor, Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, Texas, where she is also Director of the School Counseling program, teacher of family therapy courses, and practicum student supervisor. She is also a licensed professional counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist in Texas, where she has worked with adolescents and families for the past nineteen years in a variety of settings. Dr. Metcalf is President Elect of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the author of nine books. Her work has been excerpted in the Ladies Home Journal, Woman's Day, Learning Magazine, and numerous professional journals and books.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3964 KB
  • Print Length: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company; 1 edition (June 23, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 23, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057WBD4I
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Linda Metcalf, Ph.D., is a former Classroom Teacher, Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the author of ten books on solution focused therapy. Her research interests include relationship building between teacher and student, the use of solution focused therapy in regard to special education referrals, sexual abuse and addictions. Dr. Metcalf has presented her work extensively throughout the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Norway, Germany, and UK. She is a Professor in the Department of Education at Texas Wesleyan University, and Coordinator of the School Counseling Program. She is also the President of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

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Linda Metcalfe's Marriage and Family Therapy--A Practice-Oriented Approach addresses the most common theories and treatments utilized in modern Marriage and Family Therapy.

I would recommend this book to students and faculty in many courses that I teach, as well as for therapists in private practice that need to reference an intervention when utilizing specific theories. This is a current text including the many changes to Private Practice in the past 10 years.

This book is set apart from others, such as Corey's "Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy," due to its in depth nature and interviews with prominent psychotherapists, and matching Goldenberg and Goldenberg's broad encompassing of our practice in "Family Therapy: An Overview."

This book includes master therapist interviews, which really helps the reader understand their experiences. She has gathered many of the most prominent therapists in practice today and has them share not only their expertise, but their motivation for helping others.

The chapters are all written by different authors and based on a single theory. They include treatment-oriented strategies that are wellorganized and presented in an effective manner.

It is almost as comprehensive in developing practice-based interventions as Gehart and Tuttle's "Theory-Based Treatment Planning for Marriage and Family Therapists." Diane Gehart is even interviewed in the Introduction chapter.

In reading this book, I looked from various perspectives. I read the book as a clinician that prefers to hear the theory from the originator, then as a faculty member that looks for a manner to convey the material in small bits to my students.
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I often rent my books with the option to buy at the end of a semester; most books are returned unpurchased. Not this one! This text goes through the various models of family therapy, but what's different and great is the Q and A sections that allow practicing clinicians to discuss the model. While some of these interviews are with the giants of the field, Albert Ellis for example, I appreciate reading what contemporary therapists have to say. There is also a list of suggested books at the end of each chapter. For me, this, too, is helpful as I have spent considerable time on Amazon trying to find the best books to learn a particular model or gather intervention ideas, etc.. At this point in my program, I have learned the models in various classes, yet I still learned new information from this text and I wish I would have had this text several classes back. For those of you who haven't yet taken the LMFT-A exam, this text will be helpful as well.
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By Ashley F on April 26, 2013
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This is the BEST book for a marriage and family therapy student or new in the field. It explains some of the most frequently used theories in simple terms. I love it!
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By denise thompson on February 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I haven't made it all the way through yet, but so far it has been a good overview of the main theories in practice in marriage and family therapy. It is accessibly written and I love the interviews and mock case studies from therapists in the field.

The book shipped quickly and arrived new, as advertised.
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