Many helping professionals have had little to formal training working with families. This book is a clinical guide for any type of family work, from one-time contact with families in a medical setting to intensive in-home family work. It takes a systems-oriented, problem-solving approach to counseling, emphasizing results rather than exploration. Filled with field-tested techniques, clinical suggestions, and client exercises, as well as alerts to potential pitfalls and how to avoid them, the book is ideal for therapists, substance abuse counselors, and school counselors.
John T. Edwards, PhD, is an Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), an adjunct faculty member at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, a private trainer, and a consultant. He has conducted and supervised family therapy for more than twenty-five years and has served as director of counseling in a family health center and clinical director of an inpatient family care program. He has written two books on working with families and conducted hundreds of training events in the United States and Canada.