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
Chapter 1: The Manning-Kelly Family
Working with families, whether as a human service or mental health professional, physician, or attorney, is challenging and exciting and will allow you to help others and will also leave you changed in the process. What you will learn immediately is that no two families are alike, although certain theories can help guide you as you approach each unique family situation. In this chapter, you will meet the Manning-Kelly family. You will learn about various members of the family, their presenting problem, their family history and dynamics, and how the family counselor put the information together to assess the family and conceptualize an intervention plan.
As you meet and read about the Manning-Kelly family and view its genogram in both ...