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 4: The Family Systems Approach to Family Counseling
Family functioning can be better understood if we take a closer look at the multiple systems at work in the daily lives of families. Systems are at work everywhere. Starting with the individual, our bodies are conglomerates of systems: circulatory system, skeletal system, muscular system, digestive system, nervous system, reproductive system, and so on. These systems affect each other in a variety of ways. For example, eating foods with a high amount of fat may have negative consequences for the circulatory and digestive systems.
Originally introduced in the 1970s, Urie Bronfenbrenner’s (1994) Ecological Systems Theory describes how the systems that impact an individual interact with other systems in their lives. The cofounder ...