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Theory and Treatment Planning in Family Therapy


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Part I: INTRODUCTION TO COMPETENCY, THEORY, AND TREATMENT PLANNING. 1. Competency and Theory in Family Therapy. 2. Research and Ethical Foundations of Family Therapy Theories. 3. Theory-Specific Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning. Part II: FAMILY THERAPY THEORIES. 4. Philosophical Foundations of Family Therapy Theories. 5. MRI and Milan Systemic Therapies: Systemic Therapies Part I. 6. Strategic Therapy: Systemic Therapies Part II. 7. Structural Family Therapy. 8. Satir's Human Growth Model: Experiential Family Therapies Part I. 9. Symbolic-Experiential and Internal Family Systems: Experiential Family Therapies Part II. 10. Intergenerational and Psychoanalytic Family Therapies. 11. Cognitive-Behavioral and Mindfulness-Based Couple and Family Therapies. 12. Solution-Based Therapies. 13. Narrative Therapy: Postmodern Therapies Part I. 14. Collaborative Therapy and Reflecting Teams: Postmodern Therapies Part II. 15. Evidence-Based Treatments in Couple and Family Therapy. 16. Evidence-Based Group Treatments for Couples and Families. Part III: CROSS-THEORETICAL CASE CONCEPTUALIZATION AND INTEGRATION. 17. Cross-Theoretical Case Conceptualization and Integration. Appendix A. Appendix B.

About the Author

Dr. Diane R. Gehart is a Professor in the Marriage, Family, and Couple Counseling Program at California State University, Northridge. Having taught and supervised students in counseling and family therapy for 20 years, she has authored numerous books, including MINDFULNESS AND ACCEPTANCE IN COUPLE AND FAMILY THERAPY, THE COMPLETE COUNSELING ASSESSMENT SYSTEM, MASTERING COMPETENCIES IN FAMILY THERAPY, THEORY AND TREATMENT PLANNING IN COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY, and THE COMPLETE MFT CORE COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT SYSTEM. She is also co-editor of COLLABORATIVE THERAPY: RELATIONSHIPS AND CONVERSATIONS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE and co-author of THEORY-BASED TREATMENT PLANNING FOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS. Her two newest books are forthcoming: THEORY AND TREATMENT PLANNING IN FAMILY THERAPY and CASE DOCUMENTATION IN COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY. Dr. Gehart has written on postmodern therapies, mindfulness, mental health recovery, sexual abuse treatment, gender issues, children and adolescents, client advocacy, qualitative research, and education in family therapy. She speaks internationally, having conducted workshops to professional and general audiences in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Mexico. Her work has been featured in newspapers, radio shows, and television worldwide. She is an associate faculty member at three international post-graduate training institutes: the Taos Institute, Houston Galveston Institute, and the Marburg Institute for Collaborative Studies in Germany. Additionally, she is an active leader in state and national professional organizations. She maintains a private practice in Agoura Hills, California, specializing in couples, families, trauma, life transitions, and difficult-to-treat cases.


"I have used the Nichols book for over 20 years in teaching graduate and undergraduate family therapy. This book is far superior to Nichols' book, which has been considered the standard in the field. The author has the rare gift of being able to translate many complex family therapy concepts into conversational, jargon-free descriptions which students can readily grasp. The author also links family therapy to individual therapy models, which is consistent with the integrative approach that characterizes contemporary family therapy. The attention to individual models also, I believe, assists students (particularly students with traditional social science backgrounds) with understanding family therapy concepts which are likely to be somewhat unique and distinctive. Each chapter includes attention to research and the author is not afraid to go outside of the family therapy field and include related concepts that have research support. Finally, the author is a true scholar of family therapy. Her descriptions include attention to the historical context in which many of these models were developed and their strengths and limitations, repeatedly showing that she understands many concepts which are relatively subtle, yet important, and missed by many textbooks and instructors. For example, the author's description of the concept of differentiation as including the ability to be present when a family member is experiencing intense negative emotion and not identifying with that is an example of the depth of the author's scholarship."
"This text will provide your students with a view of family therapy as an Art and a Science. This text examines the history of family therapy, its unique and global processes, and the specific theoretical approaches to working therapeutically with couples and families. A must read for graduate students and professionals engaged in the family therapy arena."

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