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 6: Structural Family Counseling
Structural Family Counseling is one of the oldest and most consistently used models of family counseling. The writers agree with Michael Nichols (1984) that, “The main reason for its success is that it describes families as having an underlying organization in terms that provide clear guidelines for diagnosis and treatment” (p. 469).
Salvador Minuchin, the founder of structural family therapy, contributed a number of concepts that family counselors use to understand how families function and to help the client families with whom they work (Minuchin, 1974; Minuchin Montalvo, Guerney, Rosman, & Schumer, 1967; Minuchin, Rosman, & Baker, 1978). Family counselors observe a tremendous number of interactions among family members. Careful observation helps them recognize repetitive patterns of interactions, or family ...