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

Special Topics in Family Counseling
Special topics in family counseling

In this chapter, we explore eight family counseling topics with which you need to be familiar because a significant number of families bring one or more of them to counseling. These are multicultural families; LGBTQIA families; single parent families; blended families; families with aging members; biomedical disease processes in families; mental health and substance abuse disorders within families; and domestic violence and child, elder, and dependent abuse. We will return to each of them again in Chapter 12, when we describe family needs for services beyond what family counselors can provide.

Multicultural Families

Basirico, Cashion, and Eshleman (2014) define culture as a “system of ideas, values, beliefs, knowledge, norms, customs, and technology shared by almost everyone” (p. ...

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