Doing Family Therapy: Craft and Creativity in Clinical Practice: Fourth Edition

Author(s) : Robert Taibbi

Doing Family Therapy: Craft and Creativity in Clinical Practice: Fourth Edition

Book Details

  • Publisher : Guilford Press
  • Published : May 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 354
  • Category :
    Family, Couple and Systemic Therapy
  • Catalogue No : 96523
  • ISBN 13 : 9781462549214
  • ISBN 10 : 9781462549
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Engaging, practical, and infused with clinical wisdom, this widely used text and practitioner guide helps therapists working with families to hit the ground running. The revised and updated fourth edition brings fresh insights into the issues families bring to therapy and the therapist's moment-to-moment decision making. Rather than advocating one best approach, Robert Taibbi shows that there are multiple ways to guide parents, children, and adolescents and harness their strengths. The beginning, middle, and end stages of treatment are richly illustrated with chapter-length case examples. End-of-chapter learning exercises help readers build key skills and creatively develop their own clinical style.

New to This Edition

*All chapters revised, with new case studies throughout.

*Sidebars on common challenges facing new clinicians: self-doubt, the emotional experience of working with distressed families, and more.

*Increased attention to what the therapist can say and do to actively shape each session.

*Heightened focus on process--helping families explore the "how" of problem solving as much as the "what."

Reviews and Endorsements

"The fourth edition of the classic Doing Family Therapy is a joy to read. When I read Taibbi’s work, I often find myself smiling and nodding in agreement. Taibbi has that rare combination of being gifted not only as a clinician, but also as a writer. Time spent in this book’s pages feels like having a conversation with a wise, caring colleague. This is an ideal text for family therapy courses. It has plenty to offer beginning and experienced clinicians alike." - Sean D. Davis, PhD, LMFT, Distinguished Professor, Couple and Family Therapy Program, Alliant International University.

“Family therapy can be messy for both newbies and experienced clinicians. Taibbi provides an indispensable map that honors the complexity of clinical practice while also highlighting the core of the family therapy tradition. The case examples, vignettes, and metaphors illuminate the concepts we use in the field. Taibbi is a good storyteller whose inviting style will inspire beginning therapists and will help seasoned ones to rethink their work back to the basics. I found the fourth edition's emphasis on context and process to be particularly valuable. I will use this text for my master's course on the theory and practice of family therapy. It provides lots of good advice and great starting points for all sorts of discussions.” - Gonzalo Bacigalupe, EdD, MPH, Department of Counseling Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston.

"Engaging, pragmatic, and well written. In this fourth edition, Taibbi enhances what has been a wonderful resource for so many students of family therapy. As the title suggests, the book focuses on the actual doing of this extremely challenging and complex thing we call family therapy, rather than on promoting a particular approach. Taibbi helps therapists at all levels to better anticipate and work through common stuck points, and to create oases of safety where family members can finally face issues they have feared to address." - Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance.

About the Author(s)

Robert Taibbi, LCSW, is an experienced clinician, supervisor, and clinical director who has been practicing since the 1970s. He is the author of numerous books, including Doing Family Therapy: Fourth Edition, and Doing Couple Therapy: Second Edition, as well as over 300 magazine and journal articles, and writes a column entitled “Fixing Families” for Psychology Today online. Mr. Taibbi provides training both nationally and internationally in couple therapy, family therapy, brief therapy, and clinical supervision. He has a private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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