Higher Education

Family Therapy: An Overview, 8th Edition

  • Herbert Goldenberg California State University, Los Angeles, Emeritus
  • Irene Goldenberg UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
  • ISBN-10: 1111828806  |  ISBN-13: 9781111828806
  • 600 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2004, 2000
  • © 2013 | Published
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Overview

This current, engaging, and practice-oriented text is your complete resource for mastering the many facets of family therapy. In this eighth edition, the authors provide practice-oriented content that will help you become an empathic and effective family therapist. The new edition includes the latest references and contemporary thinking on central issues such as family resiliency, alternative forms of family life today, gender, culture, and ethnic considerations. A new feature, "Thinking like a Clinician," helps students to reflect on practice issues related to each chapter. This edition also contains the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics--a great reference that will help you understand the importance of ethical practices.

Features and Benefits

  • The Goldenbergs' text is the complete resource for assisting students in mastering the many facets of family therapy. In the eighth edition, the Goldenbergs examine the history, development, training, research, and interventions of the field of family therapy and include a basic introduction to family systems theory and the family life cycle framework.
  • The authors give attention to all theories, including therapies that have emerged from the current postmodern influence on family therapy and such evolving areas as psychoeducation and medical family therapy. In addition, the book's expanded descriptions of object relations family therapy, medical family therapy, and the social constructionist therapies bring students up to speed on these emerging types of treatment. The authors now include more detailed coverage of training and supervision issues, and they revisit the impact of managed care on the changing practice of family therapy.
  • The authors anticipate new directions in which the field is headed and discuss how the postmodern revolution in thinking--reflected in the arts and literature--as significantly influenced family therapy. Family strength and resiliency is greatly emphasized in this edition, in keeping with the trend in the field that families, with renewed courage, are supported by therapists in seeking successful but subjugated solutions from the past to apply to a current impasse.
  • The book presents both qualitative and quantitative approaches to family research, providing students with balanced coverage.
  • The text's family life cycle outlook helps students tie family problems to life stages in intact and alternate family organizations.
  • Numerous pedagogical features, such as case transcripts, multiple examples, tables, and charts, help students apply the concepts discussed in the text. Many of these features are highlighted or "set apart" from the main text, making it easier for students to review.
  • Case studies with transcripts of actual therapy sessions demonstrate practical applications of specific theories.
  • In Chapter 3 and throughout the text, the authors present coverage of gender, culture, and ethnicity, in order to help students learn about the importance of being a culturally competent practitioner.
  • Located in each chapter, the "Clinical Notes" features draw on the authors' wealth of clinical experience with couples and families to help students gain a better understanding of the link between theory and practice.
  • The authors have spent considerable time, especially in the research chapter (Chapter 17), on evidence-based family therapy with examples of research-verified techniques.
  • Suggested readings at the end of each chapter help students further explore the key concepts discussed within each chapter.

Table of Contents

1. Adopting a Family Relationship Framework.
2. Family Development: Continuity and Change.
3. Gender, Culture, and Ethnicity in Family Functioning.
4. Interlocking Systems: The Individual, the Family, and the Community.
5. Origins and Growth of Family Therapy.
6. Professional Issues and Ethical Practices.
7. Psychodynamic Models.
8. Transgenerational Models.
9. Experiential Models.
10. The Structural Model.
11. Strategic and Systemic Models.
12. Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral Models.
13. Social Construction Models I: Solution-Focused Therapy And Collaborative Therapy.
14. Social Construction Models II: Narrative Therapy.
15. Psychoeducational Models: Teaching Skills to Specific Populations.
16. Research on Family Assessment and Therapeutic Outcomes.
17. Comparative View of Family Theories and Therapies.

What's New

  • NEW This edition includes added information on clinical techniques to help students connect the theoretical overview to practice.
  • NEW Chapters 11 and 12 were combined to help students better understand the foundations of Strategic and Systemic models.
  • NEW New graphics illustrate the discussion of cybernetics/systems theory to help clarify concepts for students who are just learning about the material.
  • NEW "Thinking Like a Clinician" features help student reflect on practice issues within each chapter.
  • NEW Enhanced coverage in this edition includes additional information on children, gay and lesbian populations, and HIPAA.

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  • Cengage Advantage, Looseleaf Edition

    ISBN-10: 0840028148 | ISBN-13: 9780840028143

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Instructor Supplements

Cengage Advantage Books: Family Therapy: An Overview  (ISBN-10: 0840028148 | ISBN-13: 9780840028143)

This current, engaging, and practice-oriented text is your complete resource for mastering the many facets of family therapy. In this eighth edition, the authors provide practice-oriented content that will help you become an empathic and effective family therapist. The new edition includes the latest references and contemporary thinking on central issues such as family resiliency, alternative forms of family life today, gender, culture, and ethnic considerations. A new feature, "Thinking like a Clinician," helps students to reflect on practice issues related to each chapter. This edition also contains the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics--a great reference that will help you understand the importance of ethical practices.

List Price = $157.95  | CengageBrain Price = $157.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $118.50

Student Workbook-Family Exploration: Personal Viewpoint for Multiple Perspectives  (ISBN-10: 1133308570 | ISBN-13: 9781133308577)

This popular workbook encourages students to explore their own family origins and the roles that family dynamics play in students' attitudes, values, and behavior patterns. Students are encouraged to think about systems theory in general and apply it to their own lives. By working through the book's in-depth interpersonal life-experience exercises, now greatly expanded, readers have a powerful subjective experience that can be used as a vehicle for discovering their own family strengths and interactive patterns as an aid in assessing their own potential as family therapists.

List Price = $128.95  | CengageBrain Price = $128.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $96.75

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Helping Professions Learning Center 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495500879 | ISBN-13: 9780495500872)

Designed to help you bridge the gap between coursework and practice, the Helping Professions Learning Center (HPLC) offers a centralized online resource that allows students to build skills and gain even more confidence and familiarity with the principles that govern the life of the helping professional. The interactive site consists of: Video Activities organized by curriculum area and accompanied by critical thinking questions; Ethics, Diversity, and Theory-based Case Studies; Flashcards and Practice Quizzes; a Professional Development Center; and a Research and Writing Center.

List Price = $32.00  | CengageBrain Price = $32.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $32.00

Student Supplements

Cengage Advantage Books: Family Therapy: An Overview  (ISBN-10: 0840028148 | ISBN-13: 9780840028143)

This current, engaging, and practice-oriented text is your complete resource for mastering the many facets of family therapy. In this eighth edition of their respected text, Irene and Herbert Goldenberg examine and explain traditional and evolving viewpoints, perspectives, values, intervention techniques, and goals of family therapy. The authors provide practice-oriented content that will help you become an empathic and effective family therapist. A new feature, "Thinking like a Clinician," will help you to reflect on practice issues related to each chapter. The new edition includes the latest references and contemporary thinking on central issues such as family resiliency, alternative forms of family life today, gender, culture, and ethnic considerations. This edition also contains the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics--a great reference that will help you understand the importance of ethical practices.

List Price = $157.95  | CengageBrain Price = $157.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $118.50

Student Workbook-Family Exploration: Personal Viewpoint for Multiple Perspectives  (ISBN-10: 1133308570 | ISBN-13: 9781133308577)

This popular workbook encourages you to explore your own family origins and the roles that family dynamics play in your attitudes, values, and behavior patterns. You will be encouraged to think about systems theory in general and apply it to your own life. By working through the book's in-depth interpersonal family life experience exercises, now greatly expanded, you will have a powerful subjective experience that can be used as a vehicle for discovering your own family strengths and interactive patterns as an aid in assessing your own potential as a family therapist.

List Price = $128.95  | CengageBrain Price = $128.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $96.75

Helping Professions Learning Center 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495500879 | ISBN-13: 9780495500872)

Designed to help you bridge the gap between coursework and practice, the Helping Professions Learning Center (HPLC) offers a centralized online resource that allows you to build your skills and gain even more confidence and familiarity with the principles that govern the life of the helping professional. The interactive site consists of: Video Activities organized by curriculum area and accompanied by critical thinking questions; Ethics, Diversity, and Theory-based Case Studies; Flashcards and Practice Quizzes; a Professional Development Center; and a Research and Writing Center.

List Price = $32.00  | CengageBrain Price = $32.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $32.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Herbert Goldenberg

Herbert Goldenberg was Professor Emeritus of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, where he developed and taught classes in family therapy. Together with Irene Goldenberg he was awarded the 2007 American Family Therapy Academy lifetime achievement award for family therapy. He also held membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Family Therapy Academy, and the Family Therapy division of the American Psychological Association. He was also elected fellow in that APA division. The Goldenbergs co-authored another book published by Brooks/Cole, COUNSELING TODAY'S FAMILIES, Fourth Edition.

Irene Goldenberg

Irene Goldenberg is Professor Emeritus of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. She served as Associate Chairperson of that department and as Director of Psychological Services for many years, and continues to teach marriage and family therapy courses to psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers there. She currently supervises doctoral students and directs the family therapy program at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Together with Herbert Goldenberg, Dr. Goldenberg was awarded the 2007 American Family Therapy Academy lifetime achievement award for family therapy. She also holds membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Family Therapy Academy, and the Family Therapy division of the American Psychological Association. She has been elected fellow in that APA division. She is co-author of another book published by Brooks/Cole, COUNSELING TODAY'S FAMILIES, Fourth Edition.