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Theory-Based Treatment Planning for Marriage and Family Therapists: Integrating Theory and Practice 1st Edition

Diane R. Gehart, Amy R. Tuttle

  • Published
  • 208 Pages


This text is a treatment planner and theory guide for therapists working from systemic and postmodern approaches. Unlike existing resources, this treatment planner provides a means to directly integrate family therapy theory and practice. By providing treatment planning strategies along with complete overviews of specific theories, the book provides a remedy for the common "missing link" between theory and practice. The purpose of this book is to fill the ever-widening gap between formal training in theory and actual practice in managed-care dominated workplaces. The text covers 11 of the most widely used family therapies providing a summary for each theory and then specific strategies for developing a treatment plan.

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.

Amy R. Tuttle, Graduate Student, Loma Linda

Amy R. Tuttle, M.S. is working on a Ph.D. at Loma Linda University. She worked as an educator for two years and received her M.S. in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy at CSU, Fresno. She works as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and teaches part time. Her research interests include clinical processes, marriage and family therapy theories, family interactional processes, diversity issues, and blended families.
1. Treatment Planning.
2. Structural Family Therapy.
3. Strategic Therapy.
4. Milan Systemic Approach.
5. MRI Approach.
6. Satir's Communication Approach.
7. Symbolic-Experiential Family Therapy.
8. Intergenerational Family Therapy.
9. Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapy.
10. Solution-Focused Therapy.
11. Narrative Therapy.
12. Collaborative Therapies.
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"The writing style is engaging. The material is presented in a concise manner. The essential ideas for each theoretical model are presented well. The chapters are organized in a readable and logical manner. There is a nice flow from topic to topic." "The content of the book goes far in accomplishing its purpose of bringing together theory and practice in the planning phase of therapy. The book is likely to be a best seller."

"The strength of the proposed text lies in the vignettes and treatment plans noted for each theory discussed. The vignettes become powerful components for how the reader might conceptualize theory to practice. The author paid great attention to how the reader might conceptualize each vignette from a systems perspective while working with an individual, couple, and family."

" I would describe this manuscript as a very straightforward, logically organized, succinct, well integrated text." "First, it presents the main marriage and family theories clearly and succinctly. Second, it emphasizes the treatment planning process. While the manuscript is very pragmatic it also demonstrates critical thinking about the cases and I see this as a definite strength."