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Foundations of Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling

David Capuzzi (Editor), Mark D. Stauffer (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-71099-9 March 2015 544 Pages


A comprehensive and practical approach to the world of marriage, couples, and family counseling

Esteemed academics David Capuzzi and Mark D. Stauffer present the theory, research, and real-life practice of today's counselors and therapists in family therapy settings. Aligned with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), this useful text covers foundational teaching important to readers, but also critical modern topics not included in other texts, such as sexuality, trauma, divorce, domestic violence, and addictions, filial play therapy, and using community genograms to position culture and context in family therapy.

With a unique focus on practical applications, the book discusses the major family therapy theories, and provides graduate students and post-graduate learners in counseling, mental health, and behavioral health fields the skills and techniques they need to help couples and families as part of their work in a variety of helping environments. Each chapter contains case studies and anecdotes that help readers think critically about the issues they are likely to deal with as clinicians.

Written by recognized and respected contributors, this book helps readers see the connection between what they know and what happens in couples and family counseling sessions. Readers will:

  • Learn the knowledge and skills essential to family therapy
  • Understand the history, concepts, and techniques associated with major theories
  • Examine the key issues specific to couples work, with relevant intervention
  • Explore solutions to the complexities generated by special issues
  • Discusses the modern realities of family, diversity and culture, and systemic contexts

Family and couples counseling presents a complex interplay of various factors inherent to each individual, the dynamic interplay between each person's issues, and the outside influences that shape behavior. Foundations of Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling helps readers sort out the complexity and guide clients toward lasting resolution.

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Preface ix

Part 1 Essential Knowledge and Skills 1

Chapter 1 Variations in Family Systems and Family Life Cycles 3
David Capuzzi, Mark D. Stauffer, and Nicholaus Erber

Functional and Dysfunctional Families 5

Variations in Family Systems 7

The Family Life Cycle 15

Summary 20

Useful Websites 21

References 21

Chapter 2 Using Community Genograms to Position Culture and Context in Family Therapy 25
Sandra A. Rigazio-DiGilio and Hyeseong Kang

Introduction 25

Making the Invisible Visible: The Evolution of Genograms 26

Community Genograms: Capturing the Complexity of Culture and Context 32

Basic Components of Standard Community Genograms 34

Using Community Genograms to Extend Client Perspectives 40

Using Community Genograms as Consultants and Advocates 45

Summary 49

References 50

Chapter 3 Diversity and Intercultural Work in Family Counseling 53
Brian Canfield

Goals 55

Background 56

Major Constructs 57

Techniques 63

Limitations 68

Summary 69

Useful Websites and Links 69

References 70

Chapter 4 Effectively Using Research and Assessment in Couples and Family Therapy 71
Brandé Flamez, Janet Froeschle Hicks, and Ashley Clark

The Role of Research in Effective Family Therapy 73

Conclusions Drawn in Family Therapy Research 74

Research Methods in Family Therapy 77

Assessment in Family Therapy 81

Use of Standardized Assessment Instruments for Individuals 84

Inventories for Couples and Family Counseling 86

Summary 95

Useful Websites 95

References 96

Chapter 5 Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues 101
Melinda Haley

Ethical Issues 102

Legal Issues 107

Professional Issues 114

Accreditation 120

Summary 121

Useful Websites 122

References 122

Part 2 Theories: History, Concepts, and Techniques 127

Chapter 6 Psychodynamic Theories: Approaches and Applications 129
Stephanie K. Scott

Background 131

Major Constructs 135

Goals 141

Techniques 144

Limitations 152

Summary 154

Useful Websites 155

References 155

Chapter 7 Experiential and Humanistic Theories: Approaches and Applications 159
Mark B. Scholl, Michelle Perepiczka, and Michael Walsh

Carl Whitaker 160

Walter Kempler 167

Virginia Satir 171

Limitations 179

Summary 180

Useful Websites 181

References 181

Chapter 8 Bowenian Family Systems Theory: Approaches and Applications 185
Dohee Kim-Appel and Jonathan K. Appel

Background 186

Bowen’s Family Systems Theory 187

Major Constructs 188

Counseling Techniques 202

Limitations and Future Research 206

Summary 208

Useful Websites 208

References 208

Chapter 9 Structural Theory: Approaches and Applications 215
Shawn P. Parmanand and Esther Benoit

Theoretical Overview 215

Background: Founders and Current Proponents 216

Major Constructs 219

Goals 229

Techniques 230

Limitations 235

Summary 235

Useful Websites 236

References 236

Chapter 10 Strategic and Milan Systemic Theories: Approaches and Applications 239
Mark D. Stauffer and David Capuzzi

Background 239

Major Constructs 240

Washington School of Strategic Therapy 242

Mental Research Institute (MRI) School 250

Milan Systemic School 253

Strategic Therapy Limitations 257

Summary 258

Useful Websites 258

References 259

Chapter 11 Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral Theories: Approaches and Applications 261
Marvarene Oliver and Yvonne Castillo

Background 262

Major Constructs 276

Techniques 278

Limitations 281

Summary 281

Useful Websites 282

References 282

Part 3 Couples Work 287

Chapter 12 Key Issues and Interventions in Couples Counseling 289
Montserrat Casado-Kehoe and Diane Kimball Parker

Couples Counseling Models and Interventions 290

Summary 311

Useful Websites 311

References 312

Chapter 13 Sexuality and Gender in Couples Counseling 317
Janet Froeschle Hicks and Brandé Flamez

Definitions of Gender and Sex 318

Couple Differentiation 331

Counselor Sexuality Training 335

Summary 335

Useful Websites 337

References 337

Chapter 14 Counseling Couples Using Life Cycle and Narrative Therapy Lenses 341
Colleen R. Logan, Aaron H. Jackson, Lee A. Teufel-Prida, and Dawn M. Wirick

Case Study 341

Introduction 342

Termination 354

Referral 356

Summary 357

Useful Websites 357

References 357

Part 4 Special Issues 359

Chapter 15 Filial Play Therapy and Other Strategies for Working with Parents 361
John Sommers-Flanagan, Kirsten W. Murray, and Christina G. Yoshimura

Parenting Problems and Theoretical Models 362

Core Principles for Working with Parents 364

Filial Therapy: A Specific Approach to Working Directly With Parents 370

References 386

Chapter 16 Working with Addictions in Family Therapy 389
Pamela S. Lassiter, Astra B. Czerny, and Kimberly S. Williams

What Is Addiction? 389

Prevalence of Addiction in Families 390

Impact of Addiction 390

Substance Abuse Versus Nonsubstance Addictions 391

Biopsychosocial Epistemology of Addiction 392

Using Family Therapy as a Treatment Modality 395

Family Dynamics and Addiction 396

Recruitment of Addicted Families 399

Assessment Strategies 400

Assessment and Initial Interviews 401

Joining With Addicted Families 402

Segmenting 403

Stages of Change 403

Motivational Interviewing 404

Family Interventions Protocols 405

Family Education Programs 405

Goals for Therapy with Addicted Families 405

Training and Supervision 411

Summary 413

Useful Websites 413

References 414

Chapter 17 Violence, Abuse, and Trauma in Family Therapy 419
Danica G. Hays, Kevin C. Snow, and Cassandra G. Pusateri

Introduction to Violence, Abuse, and Trauma 419

Diversity Considerations 424

Counseling Families Experiencing Violence, Abuse, and Trauma 428

Postscript: Counselor Self-Care 436

Summary 438

Useful Websites 438

References 439

Chapter 18 Divorce and Other Loss Issues in Family Therapy 449
Thelma Duffey

The Grief Experience 450

Theories of Grief 453

A Family’s Adaptation to Loss 457

Common Experiences of Loss in a Family System 458

Ambiguous Loss 466

Creativity in Grief and Loss Counseling 474

Summary 477

Useful Websites 477

References 478

Meet the Editors 483

Meet the Contributors 485

Author Index 499

Subject Index 513