Casebook for Integrating Family Therapy: An Ecosystemic Approach

Pages: 412
Item #: 431767A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-749-5
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Copyright: 2001
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Integration in family therapy involves incorporating modalities, such as individual, couples and family therapy, as well as integrating schools of interventions, such as here-and-now, transgenerational, and other systemic approaches. In this volume, leading family therapists present cases that illustrate such integration from an ecosystemic perspective that takes into account the multiple systems in which the family is embedded. Cases were selected to highlight integrative interventions in which a family's ethnicity, religion, health status, socioeconomic class, or sexual orientation are particularly important. They include work with couples and families in transition and at various developmental stages, from early marriage through families in late life.

After briefly anchoring each case in the theoretical model from which they work, therapists describe not only how they intervened with each case, but how also they thought about the case at critical decision points throughout the therapy. They explain why they included some members in sessions but not others, and why they focused on some issues to the exclusion of others. When impasses are reached, as they many times are, they are candid in describing their struggles to find a "good enough" solution. The cases bring to life many contemporary issues and provide opportunities for both experienced and novice therapists to sharpen their sensitivities and skills with a broad range of clients.

Table of Contents


—Evan Imber-Black


  1. Introduction to Integrative Ecosystemic Family Therapy
    —Susan H. McDaniel, Don-David Lusterman, and Carol L. Philpot

I. Couples

  1. Conducting Integrative Therapy Over Time: A Case Example of Open-Ended Therapy
    —Jay LeBow
  2. The Tapestry of Couple Therapy: Interweaving Theory, Assessment, and Intervention
    —Douglas K. Snyder, Jebber J. Cozzi, Jami G. Stevens, and Michael C. Luebbert
  3. The Therapist in the Crucible: Early Developments in a New Paradigm of Sexual and Marital Therapy
    —David Schnarch
  4. When Roads Diverge: A Case Study With a Gay Male Couple
    —Thomas Russell
  5. "Our Company Is Downsizing": Couple and Individual Therapy for Work-Related and Systems Issues
    —Sylvia Shellenberger
  6. Opportunities for Clarity, Understanding, and Choice: The Practice of Divorce Mediation
    —Carl D. Schneider and Dana E. O'Brien

II. Families in Transition

  1. A Baby, Maybe: Crossing the Parenthood Threshold
    —Mary-Joan Gerson
  2. Dreams Now and Then: Conversations About a Family's Struggle From a Collaborative Language Systems Approach
    —Harlene Anderson
  3. Therapy With Stepfamilies: A Developmental Systems Approach
    —James H. Bray
  4. Widening the Lens: Engaging a Family in Transition
    —Timothy T. Weber
  5. The Case of the "Expendable" Elder: Family Therapy With an Older Depressed Man
    —Deborah A. King

III. Culture, Religion, Social Class, and Ethnicity

  1. Taking Sides: A White Intern Encounters an African-American Family
    —Barry Jacobs
  2. Using Contradiction: Family Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse
    —Wendy Greenspun
  3. The Misfit: A Deaf Adolescent Struggles for Meaning
    —Robert Q. Pollard, Jr. and Natalie C. Rinker
  4. Grief and Cultural Transition: A Journey Out of Despair
    —Susan H. Horwitz
  5. Religious and Cultural Issues in Ecosystemic Therapy: A Therapist in the Flow
    —Don-David Lusterman
  6. Steps Toward a Culture and Migration Dialogue: Developing a Framework for Therapy With Immigrant Families
    —Jaime E. Inclan

IV. Gender

  1. Integrating Gender and Family Systems Theories: The "Both/And" Approach to Treating a Postmodern Couple
    —Ronald F. Levant and Louise B. Silverstein
  2. Someday My Prince Will Come
    —Carol L. Philpot
  3. Developing Gender Awareness: When Therapist Growth Promotes Family Growth
    —Gary R. Brooks
  4. Rediscovery of Belovedness
    —Becky Butler

V. Families Coping With Physical Illness

  1. We're at the Breaking Point: Family Distress and Competence in Serious Childhood Illness
    —Anne E. Kazak
  2. A Sneaky Teenager With Diabetes in Context: Stretching Minuchin's Psychosomatic Model
    —Thomas C. Todd
  3. Her Right Foot: Pain, Integration, and the Biopsychosocial Model
    —David B. Seaburn
  4. Honoring the Integration of Mind and Body: A Patient With Chronic Pain
    —Jeri Hepworth
  5. Differentiation Before Death: Medical Family Therapy for a Woman with End-Stage Crohn's disease and Her Son
    —Susan H. McDaniel, Jennifer L. Harkness, and Ronald M. Epstein
  6. HIV/AIDS, Families, and the Wider Caregiving System
    —Robert Bor and Riva Miller

VI. Families Coping With Serious Mental Illness

  1. From Three Languages to One: Integrating Individual, Family, and Biological Perspectives in the Treatment of Affective Disorders
    —David A. Moltz
  2. Integrating Psychiatric Illness Into Healthy Family Functioning: The Family Psychoeducational Treatment of a Patient With Bipolar Disorder
    —Teresa L. Simoneau and David J. Miklowitz
  3. The Consequences of Caring: Mutual Healing of Family and Therapists Following a Suicide
    —Nadine J. Kaslow and Sari Gilman Aronson

VII. Supervision

  1. Integrative Supervision: A Metaframeworks Perspective
    —Catherine Weigel Foy and Douglas Breunlin
  2. Using the Multisystems With an African American Family: Cross-Racial Therapy and Supervision
    —Nancy Boyd-Franklin

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine and Director of the Family Programs and the Wynne Center for Family Research in Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. She is known for her publications in the areas of medical family psychology, family systems medicine, and family therapy supervision and consultation. Her special areas of interest are assisted reproductive technologies, somatization, genetic testing, and gender and health. She is a frequent speaker at meetings of both health and mental health professionals.

Dr. McDaniel is coeditor, with Thomas Campbell, MD, of the multidisciplinary journal, Families, Systems, & Health, and serves on several other journal boards. She coauthored or coedited the following books: Systems Consultation (1986), Family-Oriented Primary Care (1990), Medical Family Therapy (1992), Integrating Family Therapy (1999), Counseling Families with Chronic Illness (1995), and The Shared Experience of Illness (1997), two of which have been translated into several languages.

Dr. McDaniel was Chair of the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education in 1998, and President of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1999. APA recognized her as the 1995 Family Psychologist of the Year. In 1998 she was the first psychologist to be a Fellow in the Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellowship, and in 2000 she will receive the award for Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy from the American Family Therapy Academy.

Don-David Lusterman, PhD, is in private practice in Baldwin, New York. He founded the Program in Family Counseling at Hofstra University (1973). Dr. Lusterman was the founding Executive Director of the American Board of Family Psychology (now part of ABPP). He is an ABPP Diplomate in Family Psychology, a Fellow of the APA and of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and he was named APA Family Psychologist of the Year (1987).

Coauthor (with the late Jay Smith) of The Teacher as Learning Facilitator: Psychology and the Educational Process (1979), coeditor of Integrating Family Therapy (1995), and author of numerous articles and book chapters, he is also a consulting editor for the Journal of Family Psychology and is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Family Therapy.

Carol L. Philpot, PhD, is Dean and Professor of Psychology at the School of Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology, where she directs the marriage and family track and teaches psychology of gender. She was the founder of Community Psychological Services of Florida Tech, a training clinic for upper-level doctoral students. She is a Fellow of the APA, a past president of APPS Division of Family Psychology, a member of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), and an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor.

Dr. Philpot is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Family Psychology and The Family Psychology and Counseling Series, has authored numerous articles and book chapters in the areas of gender-sensitive psychotherapy, clinical training, family assessment, and therapy and divorce and has presented nationally. She has been quoted in Bridal Guide, Bride, New Woman, Ladies Home Journal and Redbook magazines and is a regular contributor to the Sexy Seniors column in Florida Today's Generation Plus.

Dr. Philpot is a licensed psychologist and a licensed marriage and family therapist. Her book titled Bridging Separate Gender Worlds: Why Men and Women Clash and How Therapists Can Bring Them Together was published by APA in 1997.