Stepping to the Dance: The Training of a Family Therapist

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Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, 1998 - Social Science - 339 pages
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This book shows the interweaving of issues occurring in the lives of the therapist and the clients served. The reader is introduced to JoEllen Madsen, a family counselor who is facing her own personal challenges, and the Petersons, a family that includes parents struggling with marital difficulties and a son and daughter who are having serious problems in school. The Petersons enter into family therapy with JoEllen, now a student in a post-graduate training program. As readers follow the course of therapy, they will be engaged both emotionally and intellectually. Provocative reading, the book illustrates the complexity of family therapy, the skills and techniques involved, and the importance of ongoing consultation, supervision, and personal work by the therapist.

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Contents

THE THERAPIST TRAINEE
1
THE PETERSON FAMILY
10
AN INTERVIEW WITH THE PARENTS
21
JOELLENS FIRST CASE
30
CONSULTATION WITH THE TEAM AND THE DISCUSSION GROUP
39
ANOTHER REFERRAL FOR FAMILY THERAPY
48
PRECIPITATING EVENTS
58
BEGINNING THE THERAPY PROCESS
66
AN EARLY TERMINATION
166
A CONFERENCE AMONG INSTITUTE SUPERVISORS
178
CONSULTATION AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
185
A FAMILY CRISIS
193
FURTHER COMPLICATIONS
200
MOLLY RETURNS FOR COUNSELING
206
HENRY RECEIVES A SUMMONS
222
INTERGENERATIONAL FAMILY THERAPY
245

THE SYSTEMS PERSPECTIVE
86
MARITAL DISTRESS
101
CONSULTATION AND AN ANALYSIS OF FAMILY STRUCTURE
126
FAMILY THERAPY IN SYSTEMS PERSPECTIVE
133
AN EXERCISE IN REFRAMING
150
REFRAMING AS A THERAPEUTIC TOOL
158
INTERGENERATIONAL MARITAL THERAPY
258
MORE CONSULTATION FOR JOELLEN
274
TERMINATING THERAPY
289
JOELLENS CHALLENGE
303
NOTES
337
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