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Family Therapies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal, 2nd ed. (Christian Association for Psychological Studies)

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In Family Therapies, Mark A. Yarhouse and James N. Sells survey the major approaches to family therapy and treat significant psychotherapeutic issues within a Christian framework. A landmark work, this volume was written for those studying counseling, social work, psychology, or marriage and family therapy.

Fully updated and revised, this second edition includes new chapters on cohabitation, LGBT+ marriage, and family formation.

Other issues covered include

  • crisis and trauma
  • marital conflict
  • separation, divorce, and blended families
  • substance abuse and addictions
  • gender, culture, economic class, and race
  • sexual identity

Yarhouse and Sells conclude by casting a vision for an integrative Christian family therapy and offer timely wisdom for therapeutic practice in the midst of a diverse and rapidly changing global context.

Family Therapies is an indispensable resource for those in the mental health professions, including counselors, psychologists, family therapists, social workers, and pastors.

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  • Surveys the major approaches to family therapy
  • Offers timely wisdom for therapeutic practice in the midst of a diverse and rapidly changing global context
  • Proposes a vision for an integrative Christian family therapy
  • Foundational Considerations
  • Models of Family Therapy
  • Integration of Family Theory with Critical Issues in Psychotherapy
  • Casting a Vision

Top Highlights

“Gergen refers to this phenomenon as multiphrenia. ‘Entering a relationship with a multiplicity of potentials, each a possible invalidation of the other, makes it enormously difficult to locate a steady form of relatedness. These difficulties are only intensified in the case of committed intimacy’ (1991, p. 176). Multiphrenia is the loss associated with near-infinite opportunity regarding the expectation of personal freedoms and opportunities, limited by the realities of time and energy (Lyle & Gehart-Brooks, 1999).” (Page 34)

“The ability to make decisions based on one’s intellectual system—one’s processing of information and reasoning—rather than one’s emotional or feeling systems is called differentiation of self (Jacobson & Gurman, 1995). A person’s failure to make decisions based on reasoning means that decisions will be made based on one’s emotional system.” (Page 66)

“In this first chapter we seek to articulate how the great themes of biblical Christianity—creation, fall, redemption, and glorification—interact with the essential challenges of marital and family existence: family function, family identity, and family relationship.” (Page 4)

“Family psychotherapy is similar but integrates broader constructs. Its therapeutic focus is the healing of the family soul and the healing of individual souls communally within family relationships.” (Page 32)

“family therapy is both an intrapsychic and an interpsychic intervention.” (Page 36)

Yarhouse and Sells have created a masterpiece work analyzing approaches to family therapies. This is going to be a new classic, matching the accomplishment of Jones and Butman’s analysis of psychotherapies in their book, Modern Psychotherapies.

—Everett L. Worthington Jr., professor of psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

In Family Therapies, Yarhouse and Sells provide an important resource for Christian scholars and therapists. The first two sections provide a thoughtful foundation and Christian critique of existing therapy models, reminiscent of what Stanton L. Jones and Richard E. Butman accomplished in their classic book, Modern Psychotherapies, but with a focus on models of family therapy. The third section, which could have been a book on its own, looks at contemporary issues in relation to a Christian perspective on family therapy. The final section casts a vision for an integrative model of family therapy. This is a significant book that will help shape the training and practice of Christian therapists.

—Mark R. McMinn, Ph.D., ABPP, professor of psychology, George Fox University, and coauthor of Integrative Psychotherapy

Yarhouse and Sells have written a practical, concise, invaluable, one- of-a-kind resource that integrates biblical, theological, psychological, theoretical, clinical and practical resources in ways that help the reader look at the family and family therapy through different lenses and better understand the individual in the context of their broader family system. This book will be read and reread by a broad audience.

—Gary J. Oliver, Th.M., Ph.D., professor of psychology and practical theology, John Brown University

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    Digital list price: $54.99
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