A leading text for courses that go beyond the basics of family systems theory, intervention techniques, and diversity, this influential work has now been significantly revised with 65% new material. The volume explores how family relationships—and therapy itself—are profoundly shaped by race, social class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and other intersecting dimensions of marginalization and privilege. Chapters from leading experts guide the practitioner to challenge assumptions about family health and pathology, understand the psychosocial impact of oppression, and tap into clients' cultural resources for healing. Practical clinical strategies are interwoven with theoretical insights, case examples, training ideas, and therapists' reflections on their own cultural and family legacies.
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"This is a very important and timely book in the present systemic, convoluted, complicated, and at the brink of change climate! Going through and beyond the theoretical and research aspects of family therapy, to the core and soul of working with each unique family system, especially with those whose voices "have been hidden from history," this work is as much a textbook as it is a reflective tool for all those daring to help families in this day and age. It's an invitation to revisioning and revising again and again what we think we know about others and ourselves."
-- Ileana Ungureanu, MD, Ph.D., LMFT, CFTP (Adler School of Professional Psychology) Doody's Review
Clearly written with practitioners in mind, this is an excellent guide for students training to become family therapists at the masters or doctoral level. It is also invaluable for clinicians in the trenches working with marginalized populations, deeply wounded by the systemic oppression described in the book. The authors are more than well-known nationally and internationally in the field of family therapy; they are living legends and role models for past and future generations of clinicians working with families.