Theory-based Treatment Planning for Marriage and Family Therapists: Integrating Theory and Practice

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Thomson/Brooks/Cole, 2003 - Psychology - 269 pages
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This text is a treatment planner and theory guide for therapists working from systemic and postmodern approaches. Unlike existing resources, this treatment planner provides a means to directly integrate family therapy theory and practice. By providing treatment planning strategies along with complete overviews of specific theories, the book provides a remedy for the common "missing link" between theory and practice. The purpose of this book is to fill the ever-widening gap between formal training in theory and actual practice in managed-care dominated workplaces. The text covers 11 of the most widely used family therapies providing a summary for each theory and then specific strategies for developing a treatment plan.

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Clear, no nonsense description of the various theories used in Family Therapy. Also has examples of how each therapy would work in practice Read full review

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The most comprehensive and approachable systems based theory and treatment planning book. Read full review


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Dr. Diane R. Gehart is Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling Programs at California State University, Northridge. Having practiced, taught, and supervised for nearly 20 years, she has authored or edited: MINDFULNESS AND ACCEPTANCE IN COUPLE AND FAMILY THERAPY, COLLABORATIVE THERAPY: RELATIONSHIPS AND CONVERSATIONS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE (co-edited), THEORY AND TREATMENT PLANNING IN COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY, MASTERING COMPETENCIES IN FAMILY THERAPY, THE COMPLETE MFT CORE COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT SYSTEM, THE COMPLETE COUNSELING ASSESSMENT SYSTEM, and THEORY-BASED TREATMENT PLANNING FOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS (co-authored). She has also written extensively on postmodern therapies, mindfulness, mental health recovery, sexual abuse treatment, gender issues, children and adolescents, client advocacy, qualitative research, and counselor and MFT education. She speaks internationally, having given workshops to professional and general audiences in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Mexico. Her work has been featured in newspapers, radio shows, and television worldwide, including the BBC, National Public Radio, Oprah's O Magazine, and Ladies Home Journal. She is an associate faculty member at three international post-graduate training institutes: the Houston Galveston Institute, Taos Institute, and the Marburg Institute for Collaborative Studies in Germany. Additionally, she is an active leader in state and national professional organizations. She maintains a private practice in Thousand Oaks, California, specializing in couples, families, women's issues, trauma, life transitions, and difficult to treat cases. More can be learned about her work at

Amy R. Tuttle, M.S. is working on a Ph.D. at Loma Linda University. She worked as an educator for two years and received her M.S. in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy at CSU, Fresno. She works as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and teaches part time. Her research interests include clinical processes, marriage and family therapy theories, family interactional processes, diversity issues, and blended families.

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