An Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy by Joseph L. Wetchler, Lorna L. Hecker

By Joseph L. Wetchler, Lorna L. Hecker

Now in its moment variation, this article introduces readers to the wealthy heritage and perform of Marriage and kinfolk treatment, with 32 pros from around the US offering their wisdom of their parts of craftsmanship. This mix of techniques and types offers this article a special voice and makes it a entire source for graduate scholars taking their first path in Marriage and relations treatment.

The booklet is split into 3 sections:

 Part 1 specializes in the elements on which twenty first century relatives remedy is predicated and summarizes the latest adjustments made not to in basic terms healing interventions, yet to the very suggestion of “family.”


 Part 2 offers an summary of the 7 significant theoretical types of the sphere: structural, strategic, Milan, social constructionist, experiential, transgenerational, and cognitive-behavioral relatives treatment. each one bankruptcy during this part
• Focuses at the founding father of the idea, its theoretical tenants, and its key techniques
• Shows how the version specializes in diversity
• Presents the examine that helps the approach


Part three addresses particular therapy parts which are universal to marriage and family members therapists, akin to intercourse remedy, pre-marital treatment, examine, and ethics and criminal issues.

As an advent to the sector of Marriage and family members remedy, this quantity stands above the remaining. not just will readers achieve an realizing of the wealthy background of the sphere and its options, yet they'll additionally see an entire photo of the context within which households are embedded, similar to gender, tradition, spirituality, and sexual orientation. this information is the most important to realizing what differentiates Marriage and kin remedy from person psychotherapy. Glossaries, case stories, tables, figures, and appendices seem generously in the course of the textual content to give this data and provides scholars an intensive review to organize them for his or her specialist lives.

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McGeorge, et al. was published in September 1956—the fastest journal publication ever done, I think. (p. 5) Although a theoretical paper of this type would not be published today without some form of clinical support, it influenced schizophrenia research, and therapy practices in general, for the next several decades. Unfortunately, although the mental health establishment was uplifted by these ideas, the same may not be said for the families who had a member with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Nichols and Schwartz (1998) provide a dissenting opinion on the double-bind theory: This 1956 double-bind paper proved to be one of the most influential and controversial in the history of family therapy.

P. 29) 18 Christi R. McGeorge, et al. In 1978, Satir founded the Avanta Network, which was dedicated to training therapists throughout the world to use her influential ideas. Following her death in 1988, the Avanta Network was renamed the Virginia Satir Global Network. The reach of Satir’s work has extended far beyond the field of family therapy, as it has served as a model for peaceful relations throughout the world. Lynn Hoffman Like Virginia Satir, Lynn Hoffman was a social worker; however, her entry into the family therapy field was as an editor of some of the foundational books in the field.

Outnumbered and surrounded by hostile critics, the champions of family therapy challenged the orthodox assumption that schizophrenia was a biological disease. Psychological healers everywhere cheered. Unfortunately they were wrong. The observation that schizophrenic behavior seems to fit in some families doesn’t mean that families cause schizophrenia. ” Sadly, . . families of schizophrenic members suffered for years under the assumption that they were to blame for the tragedy of their children’s psychoses.

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