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 well as their reactions to the one they are following and experiential exercises are used throughout the book to illustrate and enhance learning

Experiential Family Counseling
Experiential family counseling

In this chapter, we describe two approaches to experiential family counseling. Carl Whitaker has been credited for founding the experiential family counseling model. Although he was trained as a psychiatrist, he worked almost exclusively with families. His colleague, Gus Napier, has described the model as experiential symbolic therapy. Some writers (Gehart, 2010; Nichols, 1984) include Virginia Satir as an experiential family counselor, because she also based her family growth model on experiencing the emotional layer of family functioning.

What is Experiential Counseling?

Experiential Family Counseling refers to the family’s experience of being in counseling, as well as the family counselor’s experience of working with the family. In a 2009 interview, Whitaker’s long-time colleague and protégé, Gus Napier, explained the concept.

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