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Family Therapy and Mental Health : Innovations in Theory and Practice
MacFarlane, Malcolm M. (Edt)
Routledge / Haworth Press / Softcover / 2001-08-01 / 0789015897
Couple & Family Studies / Canadian Authors
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Family Therapy and Mental Health: Innovations in Theory and Practice explores the application of family therapy approaches to the treatment of a variety of mental health problems. A variety of treatment modalities are used with patients and their families to address these problems, including family psychoeducational approaches, the McMaster Model, cognitive behavioral family therapy, brief therapy, and systemic and narrative approaches.

Each chapter of Family Therapy and Mental Health examines the gender and cultural issues that are relevant to the population and model it describes, and includes a case example. In addition, each chapter describes how the model is integrated with psychiatric services and examines the use of medication in each case. For complete contents, and to see our distinguished roster of contributors, please visit our Web site at

This volume presents a variety of family therapy approaches to conditions that include:
bipolar disorder
personality disorders

There are also complete chapters describing family therapy approaches to special issues such as:
women and mental health
brain injury

The text of Family Therapy and Mental Health: Innovations in Theory and Practice is written with a strong clinical focus and will be helpful and informative for frontline clinicians as well as students in graduate programs. The book's broad range, covering the mental health issues that clinicians typically encounter in the real world, ensures that they will find information they can use today and every day, and wisdom that students can carry with them through their careers. -- from the publisher


“Offers an innovative, integrated, multi-modal approach to treating prevalent mental health problems. . . . Very readable and stylistically consistent. . . . A gateway to integrating the family into treatment of the mentally ill. . . . A good starting point for practitioners interested in the family therapy approach. . . . A good choice for all libraries serving mental health professionals, clergy, social workers or any other groups that works with the mentally ill. It is also very appropriate for college level student use.” E-Streams

“Beautifully organized. . . . One of the better and more useful books on family therapy that I have reviewed in several years. I found it very helpful that all the chapters deal with the real-world problems and structures that clinicians face daily.” -- Psychiatric Services

“A must for clinicians who seek to be maximally effective in the treatment of the major psychiatric disorders. . . . Goes well beyond the psychoeducational approach to schizophrenia and bipolar, panic, obsessive-compulsive, and borderline personality disorders. . . . Offers integrated multi-modality, multi-level approaches for understanding these processes and their assessment and treatment.” -- Robert E. Lee, PhD, Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing

“Brings together an impressive collection of contributors whose essays describe efforts to combine family therapy with the more traditional individual approach to mental health care. MacFarlane is to be congratulated. This collection will make a valuable addition to courses in family therapy programs as well as those training therapists to do individual therapy for OCD, panic disorder, schizophrenia, or depression.” -- Marcia Lasswell, MA, Professor of Behavioral Science, California Polytechnic University, Pomona

Table of Contents:

Foreword (Dorothy S. Becvar)

Part I. Overview

Chapter 1. Family Therapy and Mental Health: Historical Overview and Current Perspectives (William C. Nichols and Malcolm M. MacFarlane)

Chapter 2. The Partnership Model: Working with Families of People with Serious Mental Illness (Eric D. Johnson)

Part II. Traditional Populations

Chapter 3. Family Treatment of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder (Kim T. Mueser)

Chapter 4. Family Treatment of Depression and the McMaster Model of Family Functioning (Wilson McDermut, James W. Alves, Ivan W. Miller, and Gabor I. Keitner)

Chapter 5. Family Therapy for Panic Disorder: A Cognitive Behavioral Approach to Treatment (Kristie L. Gore and Michele M. Carter)

Chapter 6. Family Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (Ira D. Glick and Emily L. Loraas)

Chapter 7. Systemic Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in a Rural Community Mental Health Center: An Integrative Approach (Malcolm M. MacFarlane)

Chapter 8. The Psychoeducational Model and Case Management: The Role of Marital and Family Therapy in the Treatment of the Chronically Mentally Ill (Joan Keefler)

Chapter 9. Family Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder Through Relationship Enhancement Therapy (Marsha J. Harman and Michael Waldo)

Chapter 10. Treatment of Suicidal Clients and Their Families (Peter D. McLean and Lynn Miller)

Chapter 11. Family Therapy in Walk-In-Mental Health Centers: The Eastside Family Centre (Arnold Slive, Nancy McElheran and Ann Lawson)

Part III. Special Populations

Chapter 12. Behavioral Couples Therapy for Comorbid Substance Abuse and Psychiatric Problems (Rob J. Rotunda, Jane G. Alter, and Timothy J. O’Farrell)

Chapter 13. Family Therapy of Brain Injury: Basic Principles and Innovative Strategies (Laurence Miller)

Chapter 14. Women and Mental Health: A Feminist Family Systems Approach (Carmen Knudson-Martin)

Chapter 15. Aging Issues and Family Therapy (Jonathan G. Sandberg and Jason J. Platt)


Reference Notes Included

About the Editor:

Malcolm M. MacFarlane is a Mental Health Therapist, Ross Memorial Hospital Community Counselling Services, Lindsay, Ontario, Canada

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