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Overview

Using state-of-the-art pedagogical methods, this text is one of a new generation of textbooks that are correlated with national standards for measuring student learning in mental health professions, including counseling, family therapy, psychology, and social work. The book's learning-centered, outcomes-based pedagogy engages students in an active learning process, introducing family therapy theories using theory-specific case conceptualization and treatment planning. These assignments empower students to apply theoretical concepts and develop real-world skills as early as possible in their training. THEORY AND TREATMENT PLANNING IN FAMILY THERAPY: A COMPETENCY-BASED APPROACH also includes extensive discussions about how diversity issues and research inform contemporary practice of family therapy. The author uses a down-to-earth style to explain concepts in clear and practical language that contemporary students appreciate. Instructors will enjoy the simplicity of having the text and assignments work seamlessly together, thus requiring less time for class preparation and grading. The extensive set of instructor materials, including scoring rubrics designed for accreditation assessment, further reduces educators' workloads.

Diane R. Gehart, California State University, Northridge

Dr. Diane R. Gehart is a Professor in the Marriage, Family, and Therapy and Counseling Programs at California State University, Northridge. She has authored numerous books, including CASE DOCUMENTATION IN COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY, THEORY AND TREATMENT PLANNING IN COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY, MINDFULNESS AND ACCEPTANCE IN COUPLE AND FAMILY THERAPY, and MASTERING COMPETENCIES IN FAMILY THERAPY. She also co-edited COLLABORATIVE THERAPY: RELATIONSHIPS AND CONVERSATIONS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE, and has developed two systems for assessing student learning: THE COMPLETE MFT CORE COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT SYSTEM and THE COMPLETE COUNSELING ASSESSMENT SYSTEM. Dr. Gehart's areas of specialty include mindfulness, mental health recovery, postmodern and systemic therapies, sexual abuse treatment, gender issues, children and adolescents, client advocacy, qualitative research, and education in family therapy. She speaks internationally, having conducted workshops to professional and general audiences in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Mexico. Her work has been featured in newspapers, radio shows, and television worldwide. She is an associate faculty member at three international post-graduate training institutes: The Taos Institute, Houston Galveston Institute, and The Marburg Institute for Collaborative Studies in Germany. Additionally, she is an active leader in state and national professional organizations. She maintains a private practice in Agoura Hills, California, specializing in couples, families, trauma, life transitions, and difficult-to-treat cases.
  • Case Conceptualization and Treatment Plan Templates: Students are provided with templates (including Word templates) and case studies to learn how to apply theory in contemporary practice settings.
  • Comprehensive Diversity Sections: Each theoretical chapter includes a detailed discussion of how the theory has been used with clients from specific ethnic/racial groups as well as with LGBTQ clients. Specific groups covered include African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans/First Nations/Aboriginals, gays, lesbians, and transgender clients.
  • Research and the Evidence-Base: The text introduces both sides of the evidence-base debate and includes thorough discussions of various forms of research related to specific theories. Two evidence-based treatments, emotionally focused therapy and functional family therapy, are covered in depth.
  • Assessment of Student Learning for Accreditation: Instructors benefit from streamlined scoring rubrics for text-based assignments that can be used for accreditation by regional bodies as well as from specific rubrics for APA, CACREP, COAMFTE, and NASW accreditation.
  • Clinical Utility in Contemporary Contexts: Material is presented for use by clinicians in contemporary practice, including real-world guidance for conceptualizing treatment, developing client goals, and implementing in-session interventions.
  • Available with the text, Cengage Learning's CourseMate (the book's website) brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. CourseMate includes an integrated MindTap™ Reader, MindTap Reader, glossary, video with activities, flashcards, exercises, quizzing, and case studies. It also includes the Engagement Tracker online gradebook, a first-of-its-kind tool that helps instructors monitor student performance and progress. Contact your Learning Consultant to adopt today or view a demo at the Learning Solutions Center.
Part I: INTRODUCTION TO COMPETENCY, THEORY, AND TREATMENT PLANNING.
1. Competency and Theory in Family Therapy.
2. Research and Ethical Foundations of Family Therapy Theories.
3. Theory-Specific Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning.
Part II: FAMILY THERAPY THEORIES.
4. Philosophical Foundations of Family Therapy Theories.
5. MRI and Milan Systemic Therapies: Systemic Therapies Part I.
6. Strategic Therapy: Systemic Therapies Part II.
7. Structural Family Therapy.
8. Satir's Human Growth Model: Experiential Family Therapies Part I.
9. Symbolic-Experiential and Internal Family Systems: Experiential Family Therapies Part II.
10. Intergenerational and Psychoanalytic Family Therapies.
11. Cognitive-Behavioral and Mindfulness-Based Couple and Family Therapies.
12. Solution-Based Therapies.
13. Narrative Therapy: Postmodern Therapies Part I.
14. Collaborative Therapy and Reflecting Teams: Postmodern Therapies Part II.
15. Evidence-Based Treatments in Couple and Family Therapy.
16. Evidence-Based Group Treatments for Couples and Families.
Part III: CROSS-THEORETICAL CASE CONCEPTUALIZATION AND INTEGRATION.
17. Cross-Theoretical Case Conceptualization and Integration.
Appendix A.
Appendix B.

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“I have used the Nichols book for over 20 years in teaching graduate and undergraduate family therapy. This book is far superior to Nichols' book, which has been considered the standard in the field. The author has the rare gift of being able to translate many complex family therapy concepts into conversational, jargon-free descriptions which students can readily grasp. The author also links family therapy to individual therapy models, which is consistent with the integrative approach that characterizes contemporary family therapy. The attention to individual models also, I believe, assists students (particularly students with traditional social science backgrounds) with understanding family therapy concepts which are likely to be somewhat unique and distinctive. Each chapter includes attention to research and the author is not afraid to go outside of the family therapy field and include related concepts that have research support. Finally, the author is a true scholar of family therapy. Her descriptions include attention to the historical context in which many of these models were developed and their strengths and limitations, repeatedly showing that she understands many concepts which are relatively subtle, yet important, and missed by many textbooks and instructors. For example, the author's description of the concept of differentiation as including the ability to be present when a family member is experiencing intense negative emotion and not identifying with that is an example of the depth of the author's scholarship.”

“This text will provide your students with a view of family therapy as an Art and a Science. This text examines the history of family therapy, its unique and global processes, and the specific theoretical approaches to working therapeutically with couples and families. A must read for graduate students and professionals engaged in the family therapy arena.”

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FOR INSTRUCTORS

Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781285456492
The Instructor's Manual (IM) contains a variety of resources to aid instructors in preparing and presenting text material in a manner that meets their personal preferences and course needs. It presents chapter-by-chapter suggestions and resources to enhance and facilitate learning.

Online Test Bank

ISBN: 9781285456515
For assessment support, the test bank includes true/false, multiple-choice, matching, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter.

Online PowerPoint®

ISBN: 9781305494237
These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using content directly from the textbook.

CourseMate™, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781285456539
Available with the text, Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. CourseMate includes an integrated MindTap Reader, glossaries, flashcards, quizzes, videos, downloadable forms, and Engagement Tracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course. The MindTap Reader is a re-imagining of the traditional eBook, specifically designed for how students assimilate content and media assets. It allows students to make notes, highlight text, and locate definitions directly from the page in a fully online, mobile-capable environment.

FOR STUDENTS

CourseMate™, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781285456539
Available with the text, Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. CourseMate includes an integrated MindTap Reader, glossaries, flashcards, quizzes, videos, downloadable forms, and Engagement Tracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course. The MindTap Reader is a re-imagining of the traditional eBook, specifically designed for how students assimilate content and media assets. It allows students to make notes, highlight text, and locate definitions directly from the page in a fully online, mobile-capable environment.