Clinical Applications of Bowen Family Systems Theory

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Psychology Press, 1998 - Psychology - 423 pages
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One look inside Clinical Applications of Bowen Family Systems Theory, and you'll see that your most current clinical dilemmas are not as difficult to solve as you think. You'll find plenty of information to assist you in treating a vast audience of populations--the elderly, college students, troubled couples, remarried families, and children with severe medical problems. You'll also find that you're able to apply the Bowen systems theory to nearly every clinical situation--emotional dysfunction in children, alcoholism, incest, divorce, depression, phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Clinical Applications of Bowen Family Systems Theory is an ideal companion for family therapists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, and counselors. You'll find your working comprehension of Murray Bowen's work will grow, and you'll become more adept at applying what you read in real-life clinical situations, especially in these related areas:
  • family systems assessment based on the Bowen Theory
  • marital fusion and differentiation
  • bridging emotional cut-off from a former spouse
  • dealing with a child-focused divorce
  • case studies of alcoholism and family systems

    Clinical Applications of Bowen Family Systems Theory is the first book to collect, illustrate, and walk you through a full application of this highly effective treatment method in any number of clinical settings. Both beginning and experienced therapists will find interesting reading in the history of the theory, and the result will be interested clients who begin to create functional, thriving personal histories for themselves.
 

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Contents

Overview of the Bowen
7
Differentiation of Self
14
Bowens Perspective on the Therapeutic Relationship
30
Functions of the Therapist or Coach
36
Summary
48
Bowen Theory As a Basis for Therapy
69
The Four Phases of Therapy
75
Solid Personal Change in Contrast to Behavioral Shifts
87
Bowen Theory
206
Clinical Practice with the Elderly
214
Summary
224
Family Systems Treatment of Depression
227
Family Systems Therapy When the Symptoms Reside
244
Spring 1985 Until July 1988
257
Multigenerational Process and the Transmission
277
Regulators of Emotional Distance
284

Application of Theory
102
The Process of Change in the Bowen Theoretical System
113
Marital Fusion and Differentiation
119
Therapy
125
Defining the Interlocking Triangles
131
The GarciasDistance Conflict
138
Conclusion
144
Emotional Dysfunction in Children
147
The Z Family
153
Projection of Emotional Process
161
Thinking About Theory and Working
175
Conclusion
185
Case Study 1
192
Case Study 4
200
A Family Systems Perspective
299
Multiple Family
306
ChildFocused Divorce
327
Evaluation and Therapy in Mildly ChildFocused Families
333
Case Study 3
340
Adult Children of ChildFocused Divorces
349
Treating a Remarried Family System
355
Course of Treatment
369
Summary
379
Clients Report
400
Conclusion
406
Index
415
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