Collaborative Therapy with Multi-stressed Families

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Guilford Press, Feb 6, 2007 - Psychology - 388 pages
Critically examining many professional assumptions about "difficult" families, the book outlines concepts and clinical practices that support the development of a respectful, constructive, and effective therapeutic relationship. Highlighted are ways to engage reluctant families, collaboratively set future-oriented therapy goals, and use externalizing conversations to help families make needed changes and develop communities of support. The book expands our focus beyond the family to include both the professional helping system and the broader sociocultural context within which clients are embedded.

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This book really changed my views on therapy. If you have the chance it is certainly worth the read. It changed my life and my practice wholly. Thank you Mr. Madsen.


Reflective Practice
Developing a Proactive Vision to Guide
An Anthropological
Examining the Relationship between Clients
Helping Clients Shift Their Relationship
Developing Communities to Support New Lives
Solidifying New Lives
Sustaining a Collaborative Practice
Appendix A One Example of a StrengthBased

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Page 376 - White, M. (2004). Narrative practice and exotic lives: Resurrecting diversity in everyday life. Adelaide, Australia: Dulwich Centre Publications.

About the author (2007)

William C. Madsen, PhD, is the Director of the Training Program in Collaborative and Narrative Therapies at the Family Institute of Cambridge and the Director of the Family-Centered Services Project, an organizational change initiative dedicated to helping state organizations and community agencies develop more respectful and responsive ways of interacting with clients and families. Over the past 25 years, he has developed and administered many innovative programs, and currently provides training and consultation regarding collaborative approaches to therapy and the development of institutional cultures that support family-centered work.

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