Family Therapy: An Introduction to Process, Practice and Theory is a primer for students, professionals, and trainees to understand how family therapists conceptualize the problems people bring to therapy, utilize basic therapeutic skills to engage clients in the therapeutic process, and navigate the predominant models of family therapy.  This text walks readers through each of these main areas via a straightforward writing style where they are provided with exercises and questions to help them develop the basic concepts and tools of being a family therapist. Upon finishing this book, students will have the foundational skills and knowledge needed to work relationally and systemically with clients.

part I|42 pages

Thinking of a Family Therapist

chapter 1|12 pages

General Systems Theory

chapter 2|12 pages

Self of the Therapist

chapter 3|9 pages

Who is Your Client?

chapter 4|7 pages


part II|109 pages

Skills of a Family Therapist

chapter 5|9 pages

Beginning the Family Therapy Session

chapter 6|18 pages

Basic Empathy Skills

chapter 7|22 pages

Advanced Empathy Skills

chapter 8|12 pages


chapter 9|14 pages

Effective Use of Questions

chapter 10|8 pages

Use of Self in Therapy

chapter 11|11 pages

Dealing with Intensity

chapter 12|13 pages

Goal Setting and Termination

part III|70 pages

Theory of a Family Therapist

chapter 13|12 pages

Intergenerational Family Therapies

chapter 14|13 pages

Experiential Family Therapies

chapter 15|12 pages

Strategic Family Therapies

chapter 16|13 pages

Systemic Family Therapies

chapter 17|12 pages

Postmodern Family Therapies

chapter 18|5 pages

Future of Family Therapy