Integrative, research-based, multisystemic: these words reflect not only the state of family therapy, but the nature of this comprehensive handbook as well. The contributors, all well-recognized names who have contributed extensively to the field, accept and embrace the tensions that emerge when integrating theoretical perspectives and science in clinical settings to document the current evolution of couples and family therapy, practice, and research. Each individual chapter contribution is organized around a central theme: that the integration of theory, clinical wisdom, and practical and meaningful research produce the best understanding of couple and family relationships, and the best treatment options. The handbook contains five parts:
• Part I describes the history of the field and its current core theoretical constructs
• Part II analyzes the theories that form the foundation of couple and family therapy, chosen because they best represent the broad range of schools of practice in the field
• Part III provides the best examples of approaches that illustrate how clinical models can be theoretically integrative, evidence-based, and clinically responsive
• Part IV summarizes evidence and provides useful findings relevant for research and practice
• Part V looks at the application of couple and family interventions that are based on emerging clinical needs, such as divorce and working in medical settings.
Handbook of Family Therapy illuminates the threads that are common to family therapies and gives voice to the range of perspectives that are possible. Practitioners, researchers, and students need to have this handbook on their shelves, both to help look back on our past and to usher in the next evolution in family therapy.

part I|76 pages

Foundational Frameworks in Family and Couple Therapy

chapter 2|17 pages

The Evolution of Systems Theory

chapter 3|18 pages

A Family Developmental Framework

Challenges and Resilience Across the Life Cycle

part II|142 pages

Foundational Theoretical Principles and Core Clinical Modelsxs

part III|178 pages

Evidence-Based Clinical Treatment Models

chapter 12|19 pages

Multidimensional Family Therapy

chapter 13|21 pages

Functional Family Therapy

Evidence-based and Clinically Creative

chapter 17|23 pages

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy

Empiricism and Art

part IV|61 pages

Research Foundations

chapter 22|20 pages

Integrating Research and Practice Through Intervention Science

New Developments in Family Therapy Research

chapter 23|14 pages

Research-Based Change Mechanisms

Advances in Process Research