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Doing Family Therapy, 2nd Edition Craft and Creativity in Clinical Practice (Guilford Family Therapy Series)

This popular text helps students and clinicians build essential skills common to all family interventions. The entire process of systemic therapy is richly illustrated with chapter-length case examples. Rather than advocating one best approach, the author shows that there are multiple ways of working, and provides reflection questions and exercises that encourage readers to develop their own clinical style.


“The active verb in the title is for real: this is a book about what to do, how and why to do it, and how to make it succeed. In case after rich case, Taibbi provides the often-ignored small details and observations that make the difference between success and failure. Especially useful for young therapists eager to master family therapy, Doing Family Therapy, Second Edition, is an amazing trove of clinical wisdom, logistical clarity, and personal integrity. Of all the family therapy books out there, this may be the most useful, focused, practical one of them all.”–David B. Waters, PhD, Department of Family Medicine, University of Virginia
Doing Family Therapy, Second Edition, is a wonderful combination of pragmatic suggestions and inspiration for therapists for living a balanced personal and professional life. The strategies and advice provided are solid and easily understandable, but not superficial. This is an excellent guide for use in beginning family therapy courses, as well as wonderful reading for those in the trenches who need specific interventions or new perspectives to enhance their professional survival and growth.”–Carol M. Anderson, PhD, Western Psychiatric Institute and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
“We have used the first edition of this text in the advanced year of our MSW program for almost 10 years. It is exquisitely human, useful, and informative. My students’ comments say it best: ‘A breath of fresh air’; ‘Didn’t seem like a textbook’; ‘Full of “aha!” moments’; ‘Honest, real, and open’; ‘Definitely not a sell-back book’; ‘More like a conversation than a lecture’; ‘Helpful and practical’; ‘Loved the humor’; ‘Gave me hope that yes, I can do family therapy’; and, my all-time favorite, ‘It was so good it became my bedtime reading!’ I can’t wait for the second edition!”–Miriam L. Freeman, PhD, University of South Carolina College of Social Work
“For both the novice and the seasoned family therapist, Doing Family Therapy, Second Edition, is a must read. In a lucid, simple style, Taibbi explores and reveals the profound complexity of how to be an effective family therapist in this new era of changing family structures, diverse family cultures, and the huge array of possible treatment approaches. A wealth of case examples and personal exercises encourage readers to delve into their own experience as both clinicians and as members of their own family systems, in order to more fully understand their impact on the people they treat. I will make this book required reading for all my students and treasure it for myself.”–David C. Treadway, PhD, private practice, Weston, Massachusetts

“Taibbi’s book offers direct, clear, and practical counsel about the difficult work we do with couples and families. It efficiently reviews the practice essentials and demonstrates their application with elegance and wisdom. His ‘basic seven’ offers solid benchmarks to help us stay on target (and not get lost or overwhelmed) as the work unfolds. His illustrations are confidence boosters that tell us ‘we can do it too.’ I especially appreciate his view of therapy as process and his suggestions on ‘staying sane.’ My students in Advanced Family Therapy loved the book, and so do I.”–Peter A. D. Sherrard, LMFT, LMHC, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Department of Counselor Education, University of Florida

“Robert Taibbi, a seasoned clinician, writes with an integration of intellectual confidence and empathy that is inviting to the beginning therapist. At the same time, this book provides an avenue for a more seasoned therapist to pursuing ongoing development. The text is substantive with a powerful reinforcement of pragmatic, sound principles that are integral to the practice of family therapy, regardless of the theoretical approach. The logical, organized presentation of topics helps organize the therapist’s thinking about managing the family therapy process, beginning with the elements that serve as a foundation on which a family therapist develops skill, and progressing to strategies for ongoing skill development. Taibbi addresses a wide spectrum of topics….Select case studies are artfully used throughout the text to illustrate each principle as the principle is discussed. All of this is done within the context of today’s health care climate, embracing the concept of clients as active partners in their own care and accounting for realistic situations such as limited resources. This book can easily serve as an introductory text for teaching family therapy. It could also be used to facilitate supervision….For the novice and expert alike, one of the strongest features of this book is the carefully constructed, thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter….The end-of-chapter exercises can serve as an antidote to the wear and tear a therapist might experience at any point.”–Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

(Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic 2007-06-01)

“As the clinical trainer and supervisor at a community mental health center I am often asked to train clinicians educated in different disciplines to do family therapy. Frequently, the mere notion of managing more than one client in the room, managing clients of different ages, or managing the intensity of family interactions is intimidating for clinicians of any experience level who are just coming to family work. Taibbi’s revised edition of his original 1996 book would be a useful place to start for both beginning family therapists and clinicians from other disciplines beginning to do family therapy….Experienced clinicians just coming to family therapy work will find the chapters with case studies specifically describing work with children, adolescents, and couples particularly useful.”–Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

(Journal of Marital and Family Therapy 2007-06-01)

About the Author

Robert Taibbi, LCSW, is currently in private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia.  He has 35 years’ experience, primarily in community mental health, as a clinician, supervisor, and clinical director. He is the author of several books and book chapters and over 150 magazine and journal articles. He has served as teen advice columnist for Current Health and as a contributing editor to Your Health and Fitness, and has received two national writing awards for Best Consumer Health Writing from the Health Information Resource Center. Mr. Taibbi provides training nationally on couple and family therapy, treatment of emotionally disturbed children and adolescents, and clinical supervision.

Product Details :

  • Series: Guilford Family Therapy Series (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 2nd edition (May 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593854773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593854775
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches

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