Treating the Adolescent in Family Therapy

Treating the Adolescent in Family Therapy : A Developmental and Narrative Approach

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Dr. Anne Fishel argues that teenagers exploring their separate identities fare best when they stay connected with their family. Honoring the simultaneous pulls on adolescents to be attached to, and independent of, their families, she challenges conventional assumptions about this developmental phase and suggests treatment approaches that promote growth while protecting and strengthening family relationships. The key features of family therapy are delineated by imaginatively addressing the problems of a single family with adolescents using seven perspectives_psychodynamic, experiential, structural, behavioral, strategic, systemic, and narrative. Drawing on her own rich clinical experience with adolescents in crisis, Dr. Fishel identifies and illustrates interventions for typical treatment dilemmas such as drug and alcohol use, truancy, suicidal risk, and sexual and aggressive feelings. Two common developmental variations are explored: adolescents having trouble growing up/leaving home, and those whose difficulties are actually rooted in their parents' marital problems. Literate, lively, and engaging, this book presents complex clinical material in an accessible way, offering practical clinical wisdom to therapists working with adolescents and their families.
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  • Hardback | 290 pages
  • 158 x 235 x 29mm | 621g
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0765701928
  • 9780765701923
  • 1,663,564

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This vibrant book is an evocative and practical exploration of narrative and systematic therapy with teenagers and families. At the same time, it is a journey through the long and rich tradition of family therapy work with adolescents. As the author challenges the stories our society has passed down about teenagers, and brings you the wisdom of therapists whose life work has been with adolescents, you will question, mull over, and perhaps transform your own ideas. -- Janine Roberts, Ed.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst; author, Tales and Transformations Dr. Fishel's readable and engaging work could only have been written by an experienced, thoughtful, and well-read clinician. Difficult and sometimes confusing schools of family therapy are made understandable and clinically relevant. Dr. Fishel uniquely integrates the adolescent's developmental trajectory towards autonomy with the value of connectedness to the family. Her calm clinical mastery provides the reader with treatment options and a sense of optimism. This is an excellent text for any professional learning or practicing family therapy. -- Michael S. Jellinek, M.D., Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital
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About Anne K. Fishel

Anne K. Fishel, Ph.D., is the director of Couples Therapy Training at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and a clinical instructor at the Harvard Medical School. She has won several teaching awards from the psychiatry and psychology departments at Massachusetts General Hospital where she supervises staff in individual, couples, and family therapy, directs a reflecting team for evaluation and treatment of couples, and teaches family crisis intervention in the emergency room setting. Dr. Fishel is the author of many book chapters and articles on couples and family therapy, and has presented widely on adolescents, families in crisis, and couples treatment.
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