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KEY FEATURES: This text uniquely includes an easy to follow discussion of the emerging brain science and how it connects to counseling children and adolescents. Expanded discussion of child and adolescent development addresses critical differences in age groups, a feature not found in most texts. An up-to-date presentation of counseling theory related to counseling youth, with emphasis on empirically supported approaches, offers basic knowledge students need for counseling preparation. Guided activities and case illustrations are linked to content in each chapter to aid with comprehension, application, and critical thinking. Counseling keystones at the end of each chapter summarize the critical content.

Family and Organizational Systems Approaches
Chapter 8 Family and organizational systems approaches
Ellen Amatea Dayna Watson

I believe that a child’s family is that child’s primary resource for healing.

—Stern, 2002, p. 10

INTRODUCTION

There are few mental health professionals who would dispute the idea that the family is a major influence on all aspects of a child’s development and adjustment. Yet many counselors who work with children and adolescents apply treatment approaches that either view the individual child as the container of his or her pathology (i.e., being, or having, the problem) or as the victim of uncaring, dysfunctional, or even exploitative family members. In contrast, family systems counselors believe that family members hold the key to helping both ...

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