Family Therapy: A Systemic Integration

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Allyn & Bacon, 2000 - Family psychotherapy - 416 pages
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"Offering a comprehensive survey of marriage and family therapy, this book approaches the topic from a systems perspective. This systemic-cybernetic framework provides a theoretical map that helps readers understand people in the context of their environment. Current developments, evolving models, and ongoing debates are explored, and family and developmental theories are integrated into a dynamic process model for viewing and understanding family interactions and relationships." The book presents psychodynamic, experiential, structural, communications, strategic, and behavioral approaches to understanding family relationships, and covers a broad spectrum of therapeutic modalities, including individual, couple, group family, couples group, multiple family, networking, and symptom-focused. It also shows how family therapy has evolved in the last 50 years.This revision includes an up-to-date discussion of postmodernism in Chapter 4; an expanded discussion of family process, development, and context in Chapter 6; questions and reflections from a second-order cybernetics/postmodernist perspective in Chapters 7-13; and the most recent research findings and discussions in Chapter 15. Market: "For social workers, counselors, and others interested in a systemic view of family therapy.

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77ie Systemic Framework
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The Historical Perspective
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The Paradigmatic Shift of Systems Theory
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Becvar is a Family Therapist in Private Practice and former Associate Professor at Radford University, Virginia.

Becvar is Professor and Hanna Spyker Eminent Scholars Endowed Chair in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Louis University.

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