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

Multigenerational Family Counseling
Multigenerational family counseling

One’s family history is much more complex and extensive than what an individual may remember. In fact, the family history from before any of you were born can provide enormous insight into current issues and patterns of behavior. Now with resources like Ancestry.com available, information about our families’ past is much more accessible. Still, even if you don’t do an extensive search into your family background, you may find patterns of behavior and roles that have been predominant over the generations.

Family Behavior Patterns

Think of an event (wedding, funeral, birthday, graduation, etc.) that would involve your entire extended family attending. What is the focus of the family members’ attention during the event?

Is there food involved (there usually is), if so, ...

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