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The third edition of Couples in Treatment helps readers conceptualize and treat couples from multiple perspectives and with a multitude of techniques. The authors do not advocate any single approach to couple therapy, but instead present basic principles and techniques with wide-ranging applicability and the power to invite change, making this the most useful text on integrative, systemic couple therapy.
Walsh and McGoldrick have fully revised and expanded this landmark work on the impact of death on the family system. The editors' clinical framework identifies variables that heighten risk for individual, couple, or family dysfunction and describes key processes that foster healing and growth.
The free 2013 National Behavioral Health Barometer from the U.S. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration "provides data about key indicators of behavioral health problems including rates of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, underage drinking, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders. The Barometer shows these data at the national level, and for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia."
by Alexandra E. Schmidt, M.S., doctoral candidate, Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Services, Texas Tech University
I recently completed an internship for my family therapy master's degree at the Family Studies Center of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where I gained extensive experience in identifying community and family strengths, reframing seemingly hopeless situations, and practicing the art of circular questioning. Most importantly, I learned to relish being emotionally and physically close to those on the brink of life and death.
In this clip from her NCFR 2013 annual conference special session, Dr. Pauline Boss discusses "finding meaning" as an important step in coping with ambiguous loss.
By telling the story of a teacher in Fukushima who asked her how to help his students deal with their losses when he had so much grief himself, Dr. Boss gives context to the importance of finding meaning and having control over something when so much is uncontrollable.
When it comes to grief and bereavement in this age of evidence-based practice, what helps and heals? What can the behavioral sciences and common sense teach us? We have only to look at our shared human history, in folklore and primordial legend, for clues.
Every so often, along comes a book, or in this care a series of small books, that is so well-written, so clear, so well laid out and practical that I cannot help but hope that physicians, PA’s, nurses, geriatric care managers, social workers, hospital discharge planners and just plain members of the general public will offer them as a gift to families caring for older adults or anyone living at home needing care from family members.
by Pauline Boss, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota
Many professionals including teachers, clinicians, and medical practitioners are uncomfortable witnessing pain and sorrow, but we must be able to tolerate a family’s suffering if we are to be of any help.