Casebook for Integrating Family Therapy: An Ecosystemic Approach
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.