Systems Theory in Action: Applications to Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy
"Smith-Acuna illuminates the structural hierarchy, roles, and boundaries that give a system structure. The relationshipbetween parts and wholes is both simple and profound, andparticularly important in looking at systems structure. Thesemorsels of wisdom are good examples of Smith-Acuna's grace asa systems theory tour guide: one moment she's digging deeper intothe nuances among the theories, the next moment she's simplifyingwithout dumbing down, but in a manner that is enormouslyliberating. We enjoy the fun, full, and informed journey with her."--Frank S. Pittman III, MD
A practical presentation of systems theory as
a fundamental model for clinical practice
Valuable for seasoned mental health professionals as well asthose in training, Systems Theory in Action presents systemstheory--the unifying principles surrounding the organizationand functioning of systems--as it applies to individual, couples, and family therapy.
This innovative book explores systems theory as an effectivemodel for general mental health practice. It examines the rolesystems theory can play, specifically in understanding clients'presenting problems in context, within the various systems andsubsystems in which the problems are embedded.
Filled with realistic clinical stories illustrating relevantconcepts that tie theory to technique, Systems Theory in Actiontakes an in-depth look at:
Systems theory as a solid guide through the dynamic process ofpsychotherapy
The multilayered value of observing human interactions through asystems view
Systemic thinking, its core components, and how it serves toreveal a "big picture" view of clients and their presentingproblems
Systems Theory in Action is a unique contribution to the field, translating the technical terminology of general systems thinkinginto common, everyday language.
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