Circumplex Model: Systemic Assessment and Treatment of Families

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Psychology Press, 1989 - Business & Economics - 296 pages
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This functional new volume introduces professionals to the Circumplex Model of Family Systems--one of the most respected and widely used approaches of its kind in family studies. Internationally known scholar/practitioners in the marriage and family therapy field demonstrate how the model can be used to assess couple and family dynamics and plan treatment interventions. They extend the use of the Circumplex Model for treating problem families using a range of clinical interventions at both the family level and broader social system level--including specific treatment populations--sex offenders, juvenile delinquents, truants, and multi-problem families. Designed as a multidisciplinary resource, this authoritative and accurate volume will assist social workers, psychologists, pastoral counselors, family therapists, and other mental health professionals who work with individuals in a family treatment context.
 

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Contents

EDITORIAL NOTE
1
Family
7
Couple and Family Map
13
Hypotheses Derived from the Circumplex Model
20
Inventories for Clinical Assessment and Research
30
Goals of Family Therapy
40
Utility of the Circumplex Model with Severely
51
Clinical Intervention on Family Adaptability
62
CoAddict Commonalities
131
CrossGenerational Coalitions Discrepant Perceptions
175
Sample
181
The Impact of ParentChild Coalitions
187
Integrating
199
Nuclear Family Adaptability
212
Family Communication
220
Implications for Circumplex Hypotheses
230

A Chaotically Enmeshed Family
74
Symptoms as Regulators of Distance and Change
79
Frequent Categories of Symptoms Which Regulate
88
Overview of the Treatment Program
94
The Circumplex and Treatment Planning
101
Conclusion
108
The Circumplex Model and Addiction
115
Family of Origin and Clinical Direction
125
Sample and Method
240
Conclusions and Implications for the Therapist
246
Treatment Setting
250
Predictive Qualities
264
Case Example
272
Discussion
282
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David H. Olson, PhD, is founder and president of Life Innovations, which produces a variety of products designed to build stronger marriages. A national and international marriage and family expert, Olson is professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota and the author of more than twenty books. Dr. Olson has appeared on a variety of television programs including "Today", "The Early Show", "Good Morning America", and "Oprah". He lives in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota.

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