Trainees in all mental health professions need basic knowledge of the key therapeutic approaches in counseling & psychotherapy. This is the essential companion, placing specific emphasis on practical application to guide the reader in the how to of conducting each therapeutic model.

Approaches covered include established models such as CBT, psychodynamic psychotherapy, systemic therapy and solution-focused brief therapy, and more recent additions to mainstream therapy like mindfulness and narrative therapy. Each chapter is written by an up-and-coming name in the field, offering a unique insight into the challenges and possibilities of training in each model. The book:

Includes case examples from a wide range of mental health care settings; Embedded with worksheets, sample questions and diagrams; Highlights challenges, strengths and weaknesses of each approach; Details the background and practical application of therapeutic models; Discusses evidence-based practice and outcomes

Written in language familiar to first-year trainees and using a range of features to enhance learning, this pocket guide is ideal for those embarking on training across counseling, psychotherapy, psychology, health, nursing, and social work.

Systemic Therapies

Systemic therapies
AmieSmith and StephenWeatherhead

Systemic therapy is a way of thinking as much as it is a therapy. It can be applied in many different settings and in many different ways. Its primary application in the therapeutic domain is with families, referred to as ‘family therapy’. Systemic therapists work collaboratively with the system/family, using techniques such as developing genograms, asking particular types of questions, and sharing reflections with the family on what they have observed and heard during therapy sessions. When combined, these techniques help families to develop new patterns of interaction to overcome previous problems.

The Model

Systems theory cuts across many different disciplines such as biology, sociology and economics. We are concerned with the system in the context of therapy. In this case, the system is a group of people who are connected in some way. ...

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