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The new edition of COUNSELING TODAY'S FAMILIES is thoroughly revised and updated continuing to use systems-based approach to understanding, assessing, and counseling a variety of today's families. The authors examine current family structures and living arrangements, detail common problem areas from a family systems perspective, and offer intervention guidelines for working effectively with varying family types. Cultural considerations, gender issues, and social context are included for each family pattern to ensure that the coverage in the text does indeed offer a realistic view of families today.
1. Counseling Today's Changing Families.
2. The Family as a Social Unit: Systems Theory and Beyond.
3. Appraising Couple and Family Functioning.
4. Multiple Views of Family Counseling: A Case Study.
5. Intervening in Troubled Couple and Family Relationships.
Part II: Counseling Families with Varied Lifestyles.
6. Counseling the Single-Parent-Led-Family.
7. Counseling the Remarried Family.
8. Counseling Cohabiting Heterosexual Adults.
9. Counseling Gay Male and Lesbian Families.
Part III: Counseling Families with Special Circumstances.
10. Counseling the Dual-Career Family.
11. Counseling Ethnically Diverse Minority Families.
"The manuscript is a comprehensive overview of the state of the art of family practice with today's families. The focus is on familiarizing beginning practitioners with prominent theories, knowledge and skills for practice with a wide range of families. Readers are oriented to the profession of marriage and family therapy through case examples, research knowledge, and presentations of the skills needed to work effectively with families."