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Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy: A Practical Approach to Theory and Clinical Case Documentation 3rd Edition

Diane R. Gehart

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MASTERING COMPETENCIES IN FAMILY THERAPY: A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO THEORY AND CLINICAL CASE DOCUMENTATION, 3rd Edition enables faculty to easily measure clinical competencies as required by accrediting bodies for counseling, family therapy, psychology, and social work. Using an inviting and engaging tone, Diane R. Gehart introduces students to family therapy theories using real-world clinical forms. Diversity and research considerations are integrated into theoretical discussions and practical applications to facilitate a more holistic understanding of couple and family therapy. To enhance student understanding, a new cross-theoretical comparison model has been added based on the work of Karl Tomm. The content is also offered through the MindTap® online platform, creating a comprehensive interactive learning experience including videos that teach specific clinical techniques and exercises that allow students to participate in virtual role plays.

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.

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  • Videos: Available in MindTap® for streaming during lectures or viewing outside of class, videos teach interventions and provide viewers with specific instructions for client sessions. Among others, video topics include Systemic-Strategic Therapy: Ordeals;
  • Cross-Theoretical Comparison: Couple and family therapy theories are compared in each chapter using Karl Tomm's approach to conceptualizing interpersonal patterns. This flexible yet comprehensive approach to conceptualizing systemic patterns provides an u
  • Standards-Aligned Coverage: The book is designed to teach the majority of skills and knowledge outlined in the AAMFT Core Competencies; an estimated 70% of these skills are likely to overlap with the 2016 general counseling ACA/CACREP competencies.
  • Practical Forms: A comprehensive set of clinical forms incorporated into the text -- for treatment plans, theory-specific case conceptualization (case formulation), clinical assessment (diagnosis) and case management, theory-specific treatment planning, e
  • Strong Coverage of Diversity: Diversity sections in each theory chapter include practical applications of the theory with specific populations, with detailed suggestions, adaptations, and cautions for using a given theory with a specific population. Popul
  • In-Chapter Learning Aids: Learning features in each chapter include learning objectives to focus students' reading, Try It Yourself application exercises to promote skill building, and Questions for Personal Reflection and Class discussion to encourage cr

Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy: A Practical Approach to Theory and Clinical Case Documentation


1. Competency and Theory in Family Therapy.
2. Research and Ethical Foundations of Family Therapy Theories.
3. Philosophical Foundations of Family Therapy Theories.
4. Systemic and Strategic Therapies.
5. Structural Family Therapies.
6. Experiential Family Therapies.
7. Intergenerational and Psychoanalytic Family Therapies.
8. Cognitive-Behavioral and Mindfulness-Based Couple and Family Therapies.
9. Solution-Based Therapies.
10. Collaborative and Narrative Therapies.
11. Case Conceptualization.
12. Clinical Assessment.
13. Treatment Planning.
14. Evaluating Progress in Therapy.
15. Document It: Progress Notes.

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