Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, 11th Edition

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Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, 11th Edition

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An authoritative, readable, informative guide to the field of family therapy.

Long considered the standard of excellence–the best introduction and guide to the practice of family therapy available–this accessible resource explores the rich history and contemporary practice of the entire field. Thorough, thoughtful, fair, and balanced, it presents ideas and techniques that give readers a clear focus on clinical practice. While exploring the history, the classic schools, and the latest developments in the field, this new edition puts an increased, pragmatic focus on clinical practice, which includes discussions of the author’s observations of actual sessions with leading practitioners, as well as the best case studies of several invited master therapists. Included are video links, interactive chapter quizzes, new case studies, a new section on the impact of the Affordable Care Act, and many more content changes that bring the reader up to date on the latest and most critical issues in the field of family therapy today.



Michael P. Nichols is a professor at the College of William and Mary. Dr. Nichols received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. He teaches and practices family therapy, and is the author of numerous journal articles and books, including Inside Family Therapy, The Lost Art of Listening, Stop Arguing with Your Kids, and Essentials of Family Therapy. He is co-author, along with Salvador Minuchin and Wai-Yung Lee, of the newly published Assessing Families and Couples: From Symptom to System.


Additional text benefits include:

  • An engaging, accessible writing style keeps readers interested and informed. With this book as a guide, readers are able to:
    • Describe various appropriate clinical approaches.
    • Understand old and new developments in the field.
    • Analyse successes and failures in research, and the impact on current clinical practices.
    • Compare different schools of family therapy and explain the contemporary status of distinct schools of therapy.
  • The latest research and data is presented:
    • Illustrative tables and forms summarise important information.
    • NEW! A new research chapter (Ch. 14) including a discussion of why research has failed to influence practice and suggestions for bridging the research-practice gap is included.
  • An emphasis on clinical practice puts readers into the everyday aspects of their work with families, including:
    • NEW! New case studies illustrating the concepts, including the best cases of several invited master therapists.
    • NEW! Discussions of the author’s observations of actual sessions with leading practitioners.
    • NEW! Recommendations for establishing a fee-for-service private practice.
    • NEW! Questions to ask when doing a genogram.
    • NEW! Detailed guidelines for making a structural family therapy assessment.
    • NEW! More specific techniques used in object relations family therapy.
    • NEW! A revised and expanded section on attachment theory.
  • An up-to-date look at some of the most current issues in the field, including:
    • NEW! Coverage of the Affordable Care Act.
    • NEW! An expanded section on spirituality and religion.
    • NEW! Using family sculpting.
    • NEW! More specific interventions from the MRI approach.
    • NEW! An expanded and updated section on families and technology.


Table of contents
  • Part One: The Context of Family Therapy
  • Introduction: The Foundations of Family Therapy
  • 1.         The Evolution of Family Therapy
  • 2.         Basic Techniques of Family Therapy: From Symptom to System
  • 3.         The Fundamental Concepts of Family Therapy
  • Part Two: The Classic Schools of Family Therapy
  • 4.         Bowen Family Systems Therapy
  • 5.         Strategic Family Therapy
  • 6.         Structural Family Therapy
  • 7.         Experiential Family Therapy
  • 8          Psychoanalytic Family Therapy
  • 9.         Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapy
  • 10.       Family Therapy in the Twenty-First Century
  • Part Three: Recent Developments in Family Therapy
  • 11.        Solution-Focused Therapy
  • 12.        Narrative Therapy
  • 13.        Comparative Analysis
  • 14.        Research on Family Intervention
  • Appendix A. Chapter-by-Chapter Recommended Readings
  • Appendix B. Selected Readings in Family Therapy
  • Glossary
  • References
  • Index