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Stepfamily Therapy: A 10-Step Clinical Approach [Kindle Edition]

Scott Browning , Elise Artelt
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Book Description

Over the last 30 years, systemic approaches to family therapy have been largely successful at treating even the most intractable problems in family functioning. However, stepfamilies have long proven a particular challenge for family therapists. Recent research has confirmed that, given their unique dynamics, stepfamilies are vulnerable in a way that is distinct from typical "first-families," leaving them often resistant to traditional family therapy techniques.

In this book, Scott Browning and Elise Artelt integrate clinically validated interventions within an original theoretical framework for stepfamily therapy. They envision the stepfamily as comprised of subsystems, a series of overlapping relationships between individuals. This key insight enables clinicians to divide the stepfamily into more manageable units and plan treatment accordingly.

The authors guide readers through their 10-step model, emphasizing techniques that range from the conceptual — determining the unique structure of the stepfamily to help guide treatment — to more concrete interventions, from identifying and encouraging empathy, to identifying and challenging unhelpful beliefs, and assisting in work with co-parents. The importance of extended family members is stressed, as is the necessity of understanding and valuing racial, ethnic, and sexual diversity within stepfamilies. The ultimate goal is positive communication between family members, with subsystems that are fully integrated into a functioning and happy stepfamily.

As the first full, length investigation of clinical treatment with this important but underserved population, Stepfamily Therapy is a landmark publication in the field.

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About the Author

Scott W. Browning, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Professional Psychology at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. He is a noted authority on psychological treatment with stepfamilies. As a scholar, teacher, and clinician, Dr. Browning has explored the intricacies of treating stepfamilies and has provided advanced training in the treatment of stepfamilies to clinicians and graduate students both nationally and abroad. He is the author of numerous chapters and articles on the topics of stepfamilies, empathy, codependency and family therapy training practices.

Elise Artelt is a licensed marriage and family therapist and works for Carson Valley Children's Aid, a school and community mental health agency with offices in Philadelphia and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. She is currently assigned to work in schools as a student assistance program counselor doing group and individual counseling. She received her MEd from Penn State University in Secondary School Guidance and her MS in counseling psychology from Chestnut Hill College. Her interest in stepfamily work began with her experience as a stepgrandchild and as a stepmother with three stepchildren and four stepgrandchildren. She also has a daughter, Maya. Ms. Artelt has a private practice in Wayne, Pennsylvania, specializing in stepfamily therapy.

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  • File Size: 1534 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association; 1 edition (October 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009M8VTAQ
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bridge between Research and Practice March 16, 2013
This is a must have book for therapists who are interested in providing services to step-families. Base on the existing research on step-families, the authors developed 10 steps clinical approach to work with this population. The emphasis of the subsystem is the highlight of this approach, and the therapists can start the work by focusing on the subsystem that are within the complex family dynamics. The case examples are very helpful and they clearly illustrate how to practice this approach in clinically settings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, clear and insightful March 15, 2013
By MSaenz
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This book provides an excellent approach to treating the unique needs of stepfamilies in therapy. The author eloquently makes a distinction between the treatment of families and stepfamily, providing clear and practical examples which can be helpful to experienced as well as in-training therapists. A must have when treating families.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Working with Step Families March 14, 2013
By vailt1
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This book is a comprehensive look a the treatment of step-families (A population that is criminally ignored in most literature). It provides a 10 step approach to the treatment of step-families that both novice and advanced therapists would find incredibly useful. The authors clearly articulated an approach to working with these families and also provided clear case examples to better comprehend this approach to treatment. I would recommend this book for both those well-seasoned therapists and those just starting out in the field and looking two use a systems approach to therapy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Read March 13, 2013
The authors clearly and eloquently articulated a sophisticated clinical approach to work with the unique culture of stepfamilies. The book provided a distinct 10-step approach to effectively treat stepfamilies by illustrating the complexities of this type of family system. More specifically, the authors of the book described building a stepfamily with one subsystem at a time bringing out the most systemic issues. The authors are brilliant in focusing on the entire collection of subsystems that truly allows for movement towards stepfamily integration. The case examples highlighted how to put theory into practice in an informative and practical way. As a therapist in the field, I can attest that this book will expand your systemic thinking. It is a true masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, Well-written, & Practical March 13, 2013
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This is a really comprehensive and practical approach to working with stepfamilies. The emphasis on working with subsystems makes complicated situations in stepfamily therapy appear much more manageable. This book is also really well-written, thoroughly researched, and includes many practical examples. I would recommend it to all therapists, including those working with individuals from stepfamilies who may also benefit from systemic conceptualizations and interventions.
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