Systems Theory in Action: Applications to Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 20, 2010 - Psychology - 188 pages
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"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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Contents

Context
13
Causality
33
Communication
49
Change
67
Structure
85
History and Development
103
Social and Cultural Narratives
117
Applications to Theory Research and Organizations
131
References
147
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About the author (2010)

Shelly Smith-Acuņa, PhD, is the Director of the Doctoral Program in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. She teaches systems theory, family therapy, and couples therapy. In addition, she maintains a successful private practice.

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