This text provides readers with the critical link between theory and practice illustrating how to actually "do" family therapy. It is a nuts-and-bolts primer that takes students step-by-step through the process of conducting family therapy sessions. The book starts with the initial session and finishes with the terminating session covering assessment, diagnosis, skills and techniques needed throughout each stage. The case of the Martin family, a blended family, is followed throughout the treatment process.
Written for the beginning clinician, this brief introduction to family therapy provides a general perspective on systems and social construction, focusing on engagement, assessment, and change. Specific chapters discuss the first interview, setting boundaries, diagnosis and systems models, identifying family patterns, the resistance to change, techniques for promoting change, and termination. The emphasis throughout is on practical strategies rather than theory. Worden teaches at Fairfield University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)