Through detailing and examining the four interplaying dimensions of relationships, Contextual Theory gives therapists the ability to reshape human relationships and solve problems using the strengths of trust, fairness, and freedom. Not just a review of what came before, this brief clinical guide de-mystifies the Contextual Theory of family counseling for practitioners and students in language that is succinct and lucid in order to expose a whole new generation of therapists to this important approach to family therapy.
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Preface. Section One: The Dimensions of Contextual Therapy. The Basics of the Theory. Just the Facts. It's Not Just Anxiety. It's How You Play the Game. The Drive to be Constructive or Destructive. Section Two: The Techniques of Contextual Therapy. Slapping the Face and Violations Impacting Self. Sinking Sand and Violations that Impact Relational Ethics.
Terry D. Hargrave is Associate Professor of counselling at West Texas A & M University, and founding member of the Amarillo Family Institute. He is nationally recognised for his pioneering work with intergenerational families. He was selected as a Master's Series Therapist in 1992 by the AAMFT. His work has been featured in national magazines, newspapers, and on ABC News, 20/20 and CBS This Morning.
Frank Pfitzer is chief of Psychiatry at the Klinik St. Irmingard in Prien am Chiemsee, Germany. He is a highly respected psychiatrist, family therapist, and leader of the Contextual Therapy movement in Europe. He has written and presented on the Contextual approach both nationally and internationally. He and Dr Hargrave have presented a lecture series for the last 4 years on the issues of reconcilliation, aging, and couple relationships.