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

Issues Requiring Services Beyond the Counselor’s Scope of Practice
Issues requiring services beyond the counselor’s scope of practice

The Manning-Kelly family is replete with issues that require services that family counselors are not trained to provide. Emma, for example, may require both speech and occupational therapy. And family counselors may facilitate support groups for breast cancer patients, like Barbara, and their families; grief groups for family members following a death; or caretaker support groups for women, like Sally, who are caring for an ailing spouse. However, only a professional with medical training and licensing can diagnose a biomedical problem, prescribe and administer medication, or perform surgery.

Licensing laws and codes of ethics for all counselors and psychotherapists mandate working only within the licensee’s scope of practice. ...

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