Theories and Applications of Counseling and Psychotherapy provides students with the foundational knowledge needed to implement various therapeutic approaches in individual and family counseling. The dynamic author team presents theories through a multicultural and social justice-oriented lens, including evidence to support each theory. Students will embrace chapter concepts through vibrant illustrations and relevant examples from movies, TV shows, photographs, paintings, musical lyrics, news articles, and other sources presented throughout.

Family Therapy Approaches

Family Therapy Approaches

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Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, each student should be able to:

  • Compare individual and family approaches to therapy.
  • Identify the key figures and theories that laid the foundation for family therapy approaches.
  • Discuss assumptions about family dynamics, the therapist’s role, the family’s role, assessment, goals, the change process, and termination for five commonly used family therapy theoretical orientations.
  • Conceptualize working with a family, paying particular attention to the techniques that would be used from the perspective of each of the five family therapy orientations.
  • Appraise the ways in which family therapies account for and address multicultural and social justice factors.
  • Critically examine ethical issues that may arise in family therapy.
  • Discuss research findings relating to the effectiveness of family therapy and its various techniques.
  • Identify the ...

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