Relationships are a resource for healing a range of psychological difficulties. This is the fundamental principle of family therapy, an increasingly influential form of psychotherapy that is building up a strong evidence base in a range of psychological problems across the life cycle. Family Therapy Skills and Techniques in Action is both a guide to a variety of family therapy techniques and a review of their history. It provides a thorough explanation of the techniques, explaining their origins and use in contemporary family practice, whilst guiding readers in learning new skills. The authors provide film examples and transcripts of the techniques in action so that readers can develop their skills in a practical way.
The book is divided into sections that describe and demonstrate skills such as:
- Assessing a family;
- Building a therapeutic relationship with multiple family members;
- Using circular questions;
- ‘Externalising’ the problem;
- Using family therapy skills in individual work;
- Understanding and utilising systemic supervision.
Family Therapy Skills and Techniques in Action will be an essential practical manual for a range of family therapy skills which can be used in family work by family practitioners from a variety of backgrounds: counsellors, support workers, social workers, psychologists, generic therapists and nurses.
- Chapter One: Introduction, setting the scene
- Chapter Two: Listening to the orchestra
- Chapter Three: Assessment, finding out what we need to know
- Chapter Four: Integrative family therapy, a contemporary practice
- Chapter Five: Structural family therapy, creating a dance with families
- Chapter Six: Strategic family therapy, making language therapeutic
- Chapter Seven: Milan and Post-Milan Family Therapy, changing rules and meanings
- Chapter Eight: Narrative family therapy, interpreting the story
- Chapter Nine: Working Systemically with Individuals, opening up a different view
- Chapter Ten: Reflective Practice in Family Therapy
Mark Rivett is the director of Family and Systemic Psychotherapy training at the University of Exeter and a family therapist in South Wales. He is a past editor of the Journal of Family Therapy.
Joanne Buchmüller is a specialist family and systemic psychotherapist in an adolescent inpatient unit in South Wales and a visiting lecturer in systemic family therapy at the Universities of Bristol and Exeter.
“Family Therapy Skills and Techniques in Action is the best book available for learning about family therapy and the skills involved in it. Writing in a crisp parsimonious style, Mark Rivett and Joanne Buchmuller capture the essence of family therapy and each of its major methods in a way that is fully intelligible to the beginning therapist or more experienced practitioners new to family work. The value of this book is immensely enhanced by its unique format, which incorporates film clips with accompanying transcripts to enable understanding how the conceptual material is utilized in real therapy contexts. Filled with tables that summarize material that readers are sure to continue to refer to over the years, Rivett and Buchmuller’s book should be an essential part of every family therapist’s library.” – Jay L. Lebow, Clinical Professor, Family Institute at Northwestern and Northwestern University.