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Theory-Based Treatment Planning for Marriage and Family Therapists Integrating Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

This text is a treatment planner and theory guide for therapists working from systemic and postmodern approaches. Unlike existing resources, this treatment planner provides a means to directly integrate family therapy theory and practice. By providing treatment planning strategies along with complete overviews of specific theories, the book provides a remedy for the common “missing link” between theory and practice. The purpose of this book is to fill the ever-widening gap between formal training in theory and actual practice in managed-care dominated workplaces. The text covers 11 of the most widely used family therapies providing a summary for each theory and then specific strategies for developing a treatment plan.


“The writing style is engaging. The material is presented in a concise manner. The essential ideas for each theoretical model are presented well. The chapters are organized in a readable and logical manner. There is a nice flow from topic to topic.” “The content of the book goes far in accomplishing its purpose of bringing together theory and practice in the planning phase of therapy. The book is likely to be a best seller.”

“The strength of the proposed text lies in the vignettes and treatment plans noted for each theory discussed. The vignettes become powerful components for how the reader might conceptualize theory to practice. The author paid great attention to how the reader might conceptualize each vignette from a systems perspective while working with an individual, couple, and family.”

” I would describe this manuscript as a very straightforward, logically organized, succinct, well integrated text.” “First, it presents the main marriage and family theories clearly and succinctly. Second, it emphasizes the treatment planning process. While the manuscript is very pragmatic it also demonstrates critical thinking about the cases and I see this as a definite strength.”

About the Author

Diane R. Gehart, Ph.D., LMFT, is a Professor at California State University, Northridge, having received her Ph.D. in Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy Specialization in 1997 from St. Mary’s, University, San Antonio, Texas. A member of the original AAMFT Core Competencies Task Force, she developed the first comprehensive system for measuring student mastery of the Core Competencies, having integrated competency-based education methods into her classrooms for several years. She has authored several books, including MASTERING COMPETENCIES IN FAMILY THERAPY: A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO THEORY AND CLINICAL CASE DOCUMENTATION (published by Brooks/Cole), THEORY-BASED TREATMENT PLANNING FOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS (co-authored with Amy Tuttle; published by Brooks/Cole), THE COMPLETE MFT CORE COMPETENCIES ASSESSMENT SYSTEM, and COLLABORATIVE THERAPY: RELATIONSHIPS AND CONVERSATIONS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE (co-edited with Harlene Andreson) as well as numerous academic articles and book chapters and speaks internationally on subjects related to family therapy and training.

Amy R. Tuttle, M.S. is working on a Ph.D. at Loma Linda University. She worked as an educator for two years and received her M.S. in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy at CSU, Fresno. She works as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and teaches part time. Her research interests include clinical processes, marriage and family therapy theories, family interactional processes, diversity issues, and blended families.

Product Details :

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (September 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534536166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534536169
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.4 x 0.4 inches

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