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

Families and the Family Life Cycle
Families and the family life cycle

As you learn more about Christina and the rest of the Manning-Kelly and Jones families, it is important to keep in mind the developmental stages families experience, both as individuals and as a unit. As children, our families are usually part of our first memories, the yardstick against which we measure ourselves at each stage of development and our go-to place for protection, encouragement, and support. In this chapter, we present the concept of the family life cycle and its utility in understanding many of the challenges families face. Additionally, we explore how the ways families respond to these challenges may impact them both individually and as a unit. The Manning-Kelly family is ...

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