Introduction to Family Counseling: A Case Study Approach
Publication Year: 2017
Subject: Relationship Counseling
The book is organized into three parts: An overview on families An overview of frequently used models of family therapy at the undergraduate level Presentation of ethics, trends, and services in counseling families Engaging transcripts of family counseling sessions bring concepts and theories to life while showing assessment tools, theories, needs for additional services, and ethical issues Case study approach allows students to follow how family counselors think and lets them examine family issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence, and co-parenting in blended families “Stop-and-Think“ features challenge students to expand their perspective from individuals to families and helps students learn to think about the family in terms of group dynamics Discussion topics and exercises aimed at using the students' own experiences with families as ...
- Front Matter
- Subject Index
Part I: INTRODUCTION TO THE FAMILY
- Chapter 1: The Manning-Kelly Family
- Chapter 2: Families and the Family Life Cycle
- Chapter 3: Assessing Families Traditionally and Creatively
Part II: THEORIES OF FAMILY COUNSELING
- Chapter 4: The Family Systems Approach to Family Counseling
- Chapter 5: Multigenerational Family Counseling
- Chapter 6: Structural Family Counseling
- Chapter 7: Experiential Family Counseling
- Chapter 8: Other Approaches to Family Counseling
Part III: OTHER ASPECTS OF FAMILY COUNSELING
- Chapter 9: Special Topics in Family Counseling
- Chapter 10: The Counselor’s Experience Working With Families
- Chapter 11: Ethics of Family Counseling
Part IV: CURRENT TRENDS IN FAMILY COUNSELING
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Introduction to family counseling : a case study approach / Judy Esposito, Elon University, USA, Abbi Hattem, Private Practice, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-1-4833-5176-6 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1. Family psychotherapy. 2. Family counseling
I. Hattem, Abbi. II. Title.
This book is printed on acid-free paper.
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This book is dedicated to our clinical mentors, Hildy Getz and
Larry Allman, and to all the clients and students who contributed to our knowledge
and to the creation of the Manning-Kelly and Jones families.
As coauthors of this book, we are listed in alphabetical order, although we contributed equally to this collaborative writing. We each recognize and value the strengths and talents the other brought to this collaboration.
We also wish to thank the following people, without whom this book would not have been possible. You all helped us in some way, either through support, encouragement, inspiration, or a combination thereof. We are forever grateful.
Peter Felten, Deandra Little, Jessie Moore and the Elon University Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning
Tim Peeples, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
Elon University Faculty Research and Development Committee
Gabie Smith, Dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences
Paul Anderson, Director of Writing Across the University
Larry Basirico, Department of Sociology
Students from Elon University HSS 212 classes 2013-2015
Our wonderful editor, Kassie Graves, and production editor, Bennie Clark Allen
Joshua and Benjamin Hattem and Bruce Hyman
[Page xvi]Chad, Ben, and Patrick Esposito and the Folmar family
The many friends and colleagues who supported and encouraged us
SAGE Publications gratefully acknowledges the following reviewers:
Judith E. Beechler
Midwestern State University
Garry M. Breland
William Carey University
Kananur V. Chandras
Fort Valley State University
North Carolina A&T State University and University of North Carolina Greensboro
Kevin A. Curtin
Drew A. Curtis
Angelo State University
Jackson State University
Lakitta D. Johnson
Jackson State University
Judith G. Miranti
Xavier University of Louisiana
Michael R. Perkins
Saint Mary’s University
Dallas Baptist University
About the Authors
This book is intended to serve as an introduction to family counseling. The collaborative writing of this book arose from a recurrent conversation between two instructors who teach a course entitled Counseling Individuals and Families, an undergraduate level course in the Human Service Studies Program. The main goal of the course is for students to learn various theories and methods used by helping professionals in their work with individuals and families facing problems. Over the years of teaching this course, we have searched for a text appropriate for our students and, instead, finally decided to write our own. As such, this text is in response to decades of teaching introductory counseling skills to students who want to work with families. Our intent for this text is that it provides a broad view of working with families, and, simultaneously, an in-depth look at a particular family’s journey through the counseling process. We created this text for anyone interested in working with families in multiple contexts, including family therapy, human services, social work, public health, medicine, and family law.
Though broad and generalist in nature, this book presents a clear focus on multicultural competence in working with families, paying close attention to our changing times and the changing needs of our society. Additionally, this text presents examples of how professionals can connect families with the appropriate services available to them, based on their unique needs and keeping in mind the family’s wishes and cultural values. This is what makes this text unique. While a typical book about family therapy would not be appropriate [Page xx]for a public health or education course, this book may prove to be quite useful in its careful examination of the complexities of the family system and its focus on how the larger systems in which families live impact each person in some way. Additionally, what makes this text different from other family counseling texts is its emphasis on family counseling concepts as they relate to one family, described in detail at the beginning of the book and followed throughout in transcripts from hypothetical counseling sessions, as well as in general discussion.
Before we go further into family counseling, there are a couple of terms we want to clarify. In this book, we refer to the practice of family counseling. The words counselor and counseling get thrown around a lot. Technically, counseling can mean giving advice, so people in various fields may choose to describe what they do by using the word counseling, such as financial counseling or college admissions counseling. However, there are also licensed counselors who are trained to do psychological counseling and are endorsed by the state in which they live to do so. Furthermore, counseling from a licensed mental health professional rarely actually involves giving advice. Rather, the process of counseling is a collaborative relationship between a credentialed mental health professional and a client, or clients, in which problems are explored, goals established, and interventions are chosen and used. Thus, the authors of this book encourage readers to investigate the training and preparation of counselors for licensure in the states in which they reside.
Psychotherapy and counseling are terms that are often used interchangeably. However, there are some distinctions between the two. Counseling by a licensed professional usually involves a short-term collaborative relationship in which a counselor and client focus on behavioral issues, such as how one functions in relationships or anxiety about changing careers. The term psychotherapy usually refers to long-term work focusing on deeper, more complex issues and disorders, such as dealing with the trauma of physical or sexual abuse. In both cases, a licensed counselor may be qualified to facilitate the client’s work, depending on the training and expertise of that counselor. While counseling can be with individuals, couples, groups, and families, the focus of this book is on families, their dynamics, and the complexities of family functioning.
We begin our text with a description and genogram of our family case study: The Manning-Kelly and Jones family. Part of a blended family, we start with Christina, the identified patient and the family members she lives with. Each family member is described in detail in order to give students an idea of what a family counselor’s first impressions might be during the first session with them. Excerpts from a transcript of the first session are included. The next chapter describes the family life stages of development, providing examples from the [Page xxi]family case as illustrations of each stage and typical issues that accompany the stages. The developmental stages provide background for an assessment of the family, which, along with several assessment methods, is discussed in more detail in Chapter 3.
In Part II, we chose to emphasize four main theoretical approaches to family therapy, with an additional chapter providing a summary of selected other approaches. Part III explores the complexities of the counseling relationship when working with families, including working with special populations or issues, the counselor’s personal challenges that may arise when working with a family, and the legal and ethical issues related to family counseling. During this section, we encourage students to examine their personal view of change. Understanding how people change, and what they need to be able to make positive changes, will inform one’s theoretical orientation. Students who have studied theories for counseling individuals should continue to develop their preferred theoretical approaches while reading about the ones in this text.
Finally, in Part IV we explore potential situations that may warrant referring family clients to other agencies, referral resources and services available to families, and end with a look at how the family case is functioning and what their plans may be after a pivotal shift takes place.
In the next chapter you will be introduced to the Manning-Kelly and Jones family. This family, like so many others, includes multiple generations, a wide array of personalities, lots of challenges, and many, many strengths. While the family is fictional, we have created the family members with the intent of preparing students for working with real families with real issues. Your responses to reading about this family, and imagining yourself working with them, may surprise you. You will like some of the Manning-Kelly and Jones family members more than others. Some you will want to defend, and others you may despise. Regardless of how you feel about them, it is our hope that you will connect with this family in a way that helps you understand more fully the concepts related to family counseling, and, perhaps, gain some insight into your own family dynamics and your place in them.[Page xxii]10.4135/9781506305042.n3