From the Back Cover
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.
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
- 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.