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The Practice of Family Therapy: Key Elements Across Models 4th Edition

Suzanne Midori Hanna

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2004, 1999, 1995
  • 368 Pages


In this practice-based book, Suzanne Hanna shows beginners how to combine different models of family therapy into a step-by-step plan for family therapy. The author helps students with practical questions at different stages of the process that help with integration of different approaches. Students learn to develop multiple views of a problem, and to integrate common skills from traditional, post-modern, and evidence-based therapeutic models. The first part of the book compares and contrasts relevant aspects of theory that guide practice. The second part covers assessment in a way that bridges the gap between ivory tower and community-based clinics. The third part covers basic treatment skills that target cognitive, behavioral, and affective levels of relationships.

Suzanne Midori Hanna, Loma Linda University

Suzanne Midori Hanna is a professor of counseling and family sciences at Loma Linda University. She coordinates medical family therapy placements and is an AAMFT-approved supervisor. She has been a licensed marital and family therapist since 1981. Dr. Hanna's areas of interest include minority health/mental health issues, collaborative interdisciplinary practice, medical family therapy, sibling relationships, and evidence-based practice.
  • This text is one of the first on the market to fully integrate the new AAMFT core competencies into each chapter. The new AAMFT core competencies also appear in their entirety in the Appendix.
  • This edition provides expanded coverage of evidence-based models specific to family therapy for beginning practice.
  • Hanna places additional emphasis on treatment planning in real world community-based settings in this edition.
  • A wider range of clinical examples across more diverse settings (home, school-based, court-based, and medically-based environments), provide students with examples they will most likely deal with as practitioners.
  • A framework for integration helps students master the skills of providing structure, exploring client experience, redirecting relationships, and developing unified goals.
  • Numerous practical suggestions and strategies allow students to practice and implement the skills presented in the text.
  • Summary outlines, sample questions, and key points provide students with a resource that they can use as a guide in the treatment process.
  • The author shows how each family therapy model can contribute to an integrated assessment.
  • Chapter 10 on collaborative settings (schools and healthcare) provides students with concepts, processes, and examples for working with diverse clients.
  • Diverse cases taken from child welfare, school and medical environments, as well as examples and techniques for working with child, adolescent and adult cases, enhance the text's coverage of diversity.
  • Chapters 2 and 9 expand coverage of the concepts and skills of evidence-based models, including multisystemic therapy, multidimensional family therapy and emotionally-focused therapy for couples.
  • Chapters 3 and 6 contain helpful information on integrating common theoretical themes into treatment planning. A section on integrative treatment planning in Chapter 6 helps beginners decide what model to use first and how to match the models of family therapy with the problem and clients' goals. Chapter 6 also provides examples of community-based treatment plans that are important in "real-world" practice.
  • Chapter 4 features a discussion of the therapeutic relationship, emphasizing strength-based practice, instilling hope and developing the self of the therapist.
  • The text includes examples of developmentally appropriate practice, such as how to include children in the family therapy process. The book also includes guidelines for behavioral management of child and adolescent problems.
  • This text offers broader coverage of family therapy practice skills and more detailed instructions for how to begin practice than other texts for the course. It provides a framework for how to move through different stages of therapeutic process drawing upon the strengths of different approaches.
1. Family Therapy: Journey through Diversity and Integration.
2. The Journey Continues: Second-Generation Trends in Family Therapy.
3. Integration of Theory: Common Themes.
4. Integration of Practice: Common Themes.
5. Starting off on the Right Foot: Referral and Intake.
6. The Initial Interview: A Template for General Tasks in Family Therapy.
7. Relational Assessments: Exploring Client Experience.
8. Beginning and Maintaining Relational Change.
9. Evaluations and Research in Family Therapy.
10. Family Therapy Collaborations.

"This is a "must have" text for students new to the field. It does a great job of outlining tasks that must be completed during the treatment process. Samples of theoretical orientations, goals and the role of the therapist within each model give a strong overview of the field in a very brief format. Case examples make this text shine in the application of the theory."

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


eBank Instructor's Manual with Test Bank

ISBN: 9780495127703
Available electronically via e-mail, this manual contains questions and chapter objectives for each chapter and suggested exercises to help students master the material.