The authors believe that prospective counselors must learn from the experience of practicing counselors. This enjoyable-to-read, inexpensive casebook offers nineteen live marriage and family therapy case studies that exemplify the major approaches taken to marriage and family counseling. The nineteen contributors provide real-life data about their counseling sessions, their decision-making process, their personal feelings, and even their mistakes. A common organization for each case study features: the problem, the diagnosis, goals, strategies, session-by-session accounts, results, and a “post-mortem.” It is telling that the contributing authors have provided the case that touched them most, not their most successful case. For future counselors, therapists, and social workers.
Presents 18 cases within a similar format. Each case opens with background about clients and therapist, then discusses diagnosis and therapeutic goals, describes client sessions, and reports on outcome. Final comments from therapists discuss how they might have handled the case differently, and look at how the therapist's own marital and family issues influenced the conduct of the case. Golden is affiliated with the University of Texas at San Antonio. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)