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The Origins Of Family Psychotherapy

Author : Murray Bowen
ISBN : 9780765709752
Genre : Psychology
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Family therapy has become a well-established treatment modality across many mental health disciplines including clinical social work, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, and counseling. This book tells the story of how family therapy began based on the work of one of the pioneers of family theory and therapy, Murray Bowen, M.D. Bowen's psychiatric training began at the Menninger Foundation in 1946. It was during the later part of his eight years at Menninger's that he began his transition away from conventional psychoanalytic theory and practice. Bowen left Menninger's in 1954 and began a historic family research program at the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Maryland. This program, called the Family Study Program, involved hospitalizing entire families on a specialized research ward. He was interested in families with a child diagnosed with schizophrenia. There were two central findings of Bowen's four year project. The first was the concept that the family could be conceptualized and treated as an emotional unit. The second, was family psychotherapy, which began as staff-family daily meetings on the inpatient unit. The findings of Bowen's project remain part of mainstream mental health practice today. From that project, Bowen went on to develop his well known eight interlocking theoretical concepts that continue to be highly influential both in mental health and business. Bowen's project also significantly transformed the therapeutic relationship. The psychotherapist tried to achieve a balance when working with the families by making emotional connections while staying out of intense emotional reactions. They also worked diligently to avoid psychologically replacing parents. This book details the story of how these transformative changes came about by highlighting the original papers of the project.

The Family Emotional System

Author : Robert J. Noone
ISBN : 9780739198940
Genre : Psychology
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The Family Emotional System: An Integrative Concept for Theory, Science, and Practice presents an ongoing dialogue among scientists, family investigators, and clinicians related to a natural systems view of the family and human behavior that has been occurring over several decades. The concept of the family as an emotional system, as defined in Bowen theory, is presented as the principal integrative concept underlying this dialogue and an effort to move toward a science of human behavior. As a natural system, the family forms the immediate and most important context for individual development, and may be the most central and important environment shaping brain development across the lifetime of the individual. This book explains how the family system can serve as an integrative framework within which specific factual discoveries and hypotheses from many areas of science can be brought together and understood as various manifestations of a coherent whole. The Family Emotional System provides understanding of what is entailed in conceptualizing the family as an emotional system, a sense of the breadth and depth of knowledge the sciences are contributing to this effort, and examples of how this theoretical framework contributes to family research and practice. The richness and excitement occurring in the ongoing dialogue between scientists and Bowen family systems practitioners and researchers is captured along with the promise it holds for the study of human behavior.

Therapeutic Relationships

Author : John F. Butler
ISBN : 9781442254534
Genre : Psychology
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In this text, Butler takes an in-depth look at the development of Bowen family systems theory, which considers the family as an emotional unit, and explores the therapeutic relationship in terms of its three primary components: the alliance, transference/countertransference, and the real relationship—better known as the tripartite model.

Clinical Handbook Of Couple Therapy Fifth Edition

Author : Alan S. Gurman
ISBN : 9781462513925
Genre : Psychology
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Regarded as the authoritative reference and text, this handbook presents the most effective, widely studied approaches to couple therapy. The distinguished coeditors bring together other leading experts, most of whom developed the approaches they describe. Adhering closely to a uniform structure to facilitate study and comparison, chapters cover the history, theoretical and empirical underpinnings, and techniques of each model. The volume also describes cutting-edge applications for particular relationship contexts (such as blended families, LGBT couples, and separated couples) and clinical problems (such as partner aggression, psychological disorders, and medical issues). New to This Edition *Chapters on interpersonal neurobiology and intercultural relationships. *Chapters on couple therapy for PTSD, functional analytic couple therapy, and the integrative problem-centered metaframeworks approach. *Many new authors.*Extensively revised with the latest theory and research. See also Clinical Casebook of Couple Therapy, edited by Alan S. Gurman, which presents in-depth illustrations of treatment.

Differentiation Of Self

Author : Peter Titelman
ISBN : 9781136328503
Genre : Psychology
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Bowen theory views the family as an emotional unit. The family is a natural system that has evolved, like all living systems. The elegance and unity of the concept of differentiation of self, and of Bowen theory in its entirety, is that they describe the basis of individual functioning in relation to others within the emotional systems of family, occupation, community, and larger society. This volume consists of essays elucidating and applying differentiation of self, the central concept of Bowen family systems theory and therapy. The purpose of the volume is fourfold: • to describe the historical evolution of differentiation of self • to analyze the complex dimension of this concept as the integrating cornerstone of Bowen theory • to present applications of the concept for both the therapist/coach and in clinical practice • to examine the problems and possibilities of researching differentiation of self The largest part of this volume is the presentation of in-depth case studies of clients or therapists in their efforts to differentiate or define self. This provides an understanding of the what and how that go into the differentiation of self. Contributed to by professionals who have studied, applied, and taught Bowen theory in their own lives, practices, educational settings, and training settings, this volume is a must-have for any therapist/coach working within a systems perspective.

Theories Of Counseling And Psychotherapy

Author : Elsie Jones-Smith
ISBN : 9781483305363
Genre : Psychology
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This text offers an extensive array of theories, including all the mainstream approaches as well as contemporary ones such as narrative, feminist, and post-modern. The author provides an integrative framework that allows students to assess the various theories with respect to possible clinical application. By comparing and contrasting the theories, as well as analyzing strengths and weaknesses of each, students will learn to apply them more flexibly in practice. The book is divided into four major theoretical forces in psychotherapy and introductory sections are provided to help students place a particular theory within a major theoretical period. The four theoretical forces discussed are: (1) psychoanalytical and psychodynamic; (2) behavioral and cognitive school(s); (3) existentialism and humanism; and (4) social constructivism school of psychotherapy. The author discusses social constructivism and then describes at least five theoretical approaches within this theoretical force--solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, strengths-based therapy, and so on.

Family Therapy

Author : Dorothy Stroh Becvar
ISBN : 0205446949
Genre : Psychology
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The systemic-cybernetic framework in "Family Therapy" provides a framework for understanding people and families in context. The text--divided into three sections including The Systemic Framework, The Practice of Family Therapy, and The Systemic Practitioner--includes historical information, current developments, and ongoing debates. What reviewers are saying about "Family Therapy: A Systemic Integration." . . "As teaching students to think systematically is one of my primary course objectives, the Becvar and Becvar text could not provide a better main text for meeting that particular objective." "Cindy Carlson, University of Texas at Austin" "The authors have modified original counseling theories and updated them so that they are more user friendly. When it is time for me to make a textbook change, I will be strongly inclined to adopt this text for use in my Family Counseling Class." "Dr. Wanda Staley, Morehead State University" Highlights of the Sixth Edition. . . Updated with recent developments and ongoing issues of which the family therapy practitioner needs to be aware (Chapter 2). Updated with new information about various approaches to family therapy (Chapters 6-13). Increased emphasis on importance of training and supervision (Chapter 16). Discussion of the most recent research findings as well as related methodological issues (Chapter 17). NEW! Marriage and family therapy Videoworkshop, on CD-Rom, includes a student learning guide along with 85 minutes (20 clips) of specific video footage. Available FREE when packaged with Becvar/Becvar! Research Navigator(TM) for Social Work Research Navigator(TM) can be a student's best friend when facing a large research project. Especially helpful with the toughest challenge--getting started--Research Navigator(TM) offers a comprehensive, step-by-step walk-through of the research process, along with access to some of the most respected source databases available. Access to Research Navigator(TM) a $15 value--is FREE when packaged with any new Allyn & Bacon textbook! If your text did not come packaged with Research Navigator(TM), visit today to purchase immediate access. The Career Center Students need help transitioning from the academic world to the professional. With The Career Center, they can register to receive eight 30-minute career counseling sessions--a total of four hours of career consultant time! The Career Center is designed to address the wide range of preparation and life stages of individuals who are attempting to develop their careers. Qualified career specialists advise students as they establish, or reestablish, themselves in today's competitive global economy. The Career Center--a $25 value--is FREE to your students when you order it packaged with any new Allyn & Bacon textbook. Visit for more information. Contact your local Allyn & Bacon representative and request special packaging codes to take advantage of these great offers.

Family Therapy

Author : Imelda W. Clements
ISBN : UOM:39015003241729
Genre : Medical
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Sourcebook In Marriage And The Family

Author : Marvin B. Sussman
ISBN : UOM:39015004429570
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Psychological Perspectives On Lesbian Gay And Bisexual Experiences

Author : Linda Garnets
ISBN : 9780231504942
Genre : Psychology
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