Woven throughout this title are Solution Focused, Strengths Based and Narrative Therapy approaches to working with families who have not been well served by traditional mental health, social service, and medical systems. Critically examining many professional assumptions about difficult families, the book outlines clinical practices that facilitate a respectful, constructive, and effective therapeutic relationship.
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Of crucial importance, the author proposes that therapists move away from trying to identify and correct old problems. He focuses instead on how to support clients in envisioning desired futures and developing new lives. Including a wealth of compelling clinical material, the book raises important theoretical and political questions without becoming moralistic and promotes a strengths based focus without romanticizing families or minimizing their difficulties.
Once in a long while is a book written with the power and potential to influence clinical practice in profound and positive ways... Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families is such a contribution ... Madsen proposes a framework for assessment that meets the needs of managed care by being goal-directed and outcome-oriented while maintaining a collaborative and resource-based stance. Highly recommended for family therapy courses as well as for therapists in community agencies.
Alternatives to standard drug treatments for this common problem. Depression is one of the most common issues that people bring to therapy. It is also a mental health condition with several well-known and readily available medications to treat it. That said, every clinician knows that medications do not work for all clients, and even if they do work they can often come with unwelcome side effects that are difficult and hard to bear. In short, medications are not foolproof. Fortunately today, with rising interest in non-drug approaches, effective and easy-to-implement alternative strategies... More info
This book integrates the problem-solving focus of strategic family therapy with narrative therapy's emphasis on stories and the cultural context of meaning. It extends the rich and productive tradition of strategic therapy by embracing the importance of symbolic forms in creating and transforming experience. Marilyn Wedge uses engaging case examples to illustrate her central argument, that all experience, even the experience of one's own self, is a construction of signs. Drawing upon the power of symbolic forms to create meaning, she introduces a new theoretical position of semiotic constructivism. While symbols... More info
This book responds to the urgent need for practical intervention approaches targeting young people at risk. It provides a much needed practical resource for practitioners and students from a variety of helping professions. Focusing on interventions that practitioners can use in collaboration with the young person, the book offers hands-on strategies for addressing challenges and issues typically faced by young people, such as: - depression, suicide and self-harm, substance misuse, problematic sexual behaviour, marginalised youth and mental health issues. Throughout the book, multi-disciplinary and international authors share their expertise, highlighting relevant evidence-based... More info