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Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families, Second Edition (Guilford Family Therapy) 2nd Edition
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The title is key. Not "multi-problem families," but "multi-stressed families." The mind set of considering people as being problem families or even having problems is not terribly hopeful. Collaborative therapy is about the therapist working with the family to draw out their strengths to deal with the stresses that confront them. This book gives many verbatim examples of how subtle differences in the therapist's phrasing can have a substantial effect on the family's perception of being respected and expected to attain their goals.
I last heard Bill Madsen speak in 1997, I believe, and what I still remember about that talk was his emphasis on the importance of treating clients with respect. Unfortunately, the world of community mental health care where I spend three days a week is not always conducive to this. I am often frustrated by the dilemma of trying to establish a strengths-based, culturally curious, collaborative relationship (p. 12) with a client while by the end of the first session I have to come up with a diagnosis for the insurance company based on symptoms, not strengths. Then typically by the end of the second session I must have the data for the intake evaluation and treatment plan. While the intake evaluation makes a nod to client strengths and supports, it mostly has blanks to be filled in with problems, past and present. Madsen writes with understanding about documentation requirements that make it very difficult to get therapy off on the right foot, and offers some solutions.Read more ›
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This book was applicable to many areas of life and therapy from the start. The authors wording and termenology was direct, in addition to being understandable to the... Read morePublished on October 5, 2013 by Sara