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ISBN-13 9780205624126ISBN-10 020562412X
ISBN-10 0-205-60923-6ISBN-13 978-0-205-60923-9
Author(s): Dorothy Stroh Becvar,; Raphael J. Becvar,
Publisher: Pearson
Copyright year: © 2009 Pages: 432

This comprehensive, yet user-friendly survey of the field of marriage and family therapy takes a holistic view and  looks at people within the context of their environment.

The systemic-cybernetic framework helps readers  understanding people and families in context.  The text – divided into three sections including "The Systemic Framework," "The Practice of Family Therapy," and "The Systemic Practitioner" – includes historical information, current developments,  and ongoing debates. Various family and developmental theories are integrated into a “dynamic process model” for viewing and understanding family interactions and relationships.  The family therapy models considered include psychodynamic, natural systems, experiential, structural, communications, strategic, and behavioral/cognitive as well as several postmodern  approaches.  Within the context of practice, Assessment; Intervention; Training/Supervision; Research; and Epistemological Challenges are described and discussed