4075: Family Therapy: History, Theory, and Practice

About the Course:

This comprehensive text on family therapy begins by examining various ways that families develop and identifies the characteristics of both healthy and dysfunctional families. A chapter is dedicated to each major theoretical approach, including solution-focused, Bowen, experimental, psychoanalytic, behavioral and cognitive-behavioral, structural, strategic, systemic, and narrative. Emphasized are the major theorists for each approach, premises, techniques, process/outcome, and unique aspects of the theory. Case illustrations are also included. The author also includes chapters that cover the single parent, the remarried family, and the culturally diverse family. the book closes with a discussion of the ethical, legal, and professional issues for today’s family therapist, along with current trends.

Publication Date:

2nd Edition


Samuel T. Gladding, Ph.D.

Course Objectives:

  1. to be able to understand various ways that families develop

  2. to be able to identify the characteristics of both healthy and dysfunctional families

  3. to be able to explain the important differences between the major theoretical approaches to family therapy

  4. describe some unique considerations that should be kept in mind when working with special populations in family therapy (single-parent, remarried, and culturally diverse)

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