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Family Therapy: An Overview Hardcover – Mar 8 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole; 7 edition (March 8 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495097594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495097594
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #381,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The chapters on the schools of family therapy are very effective: clear, well-organized, up-to-date, and accompanied by helpful examples and tables."

"I use the Goldenberg [and] Goldenberg text because of its clear review and overview of some of the major models of Family Therapy. My students and I generally find the discussion of concepts clear and informative."

"The Goldenbergs do a wonderful job in creating a balanced presentation of family therapy approaches. I was initially introduced to the works of the Goldenbergs in my own graduate studies many years ago. It provided me with a wonderful introduction to family therapy approaches as a beginning clinician. Now that I am a "seasoned" family therapist and a full time professor, I want my students to learn from the best!"

"I have closely reviewed this textbook and love it. It is clearly written and is perfect for our first year graduate students."

Key strengths include: "a more comprehensive section on narrative therapy, cultural diversity was incorporated well, online/internet component, and enrichment workbook."

About the Author

Herbert Goldenberg was Professor Emeritus of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, where he developed and taught classes in family therapy. Together with Irene Goldenberg he was awarded the 2007 American Family Therapy Academy lifetime achievement award for family therapy. He also held membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Family Therapy Academy, and the Family Therapy division of the American Psychological Association. He was also elected fellow in that APA division. The Goldenbergs co-authored another book published by Brooks/Cole, COUNSELING TODAY'S FAMILIES, Fourth Edition.

Irene Goldenberg is Professor Emeritus of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. She served as Associate Chairperson of that department and as Director of Psychological Services for many years, and continues to teach marriage and family therapy courses to psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers there. She currently supervises doctoral students and directs the family therapy program at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Together with Herbert, Irene Goldenberg has been awarded the 2007 American Family Therapy Academy lifetime achievement award for family therapy. She also holds membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Family Therapy Academy, and the Family Therapy division of the American Psychological Association. She has been elected fellow in that APA division. The Goldenbergs are co-authors of another book published by Brooks/Cole, COUNSELING TODAY'S FAMILIES, Fourth Edition.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x992e3834) out of 5 stars Rating is for the Kindle edition only May 15 2010
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I was excited to try my first textbook on the Kindle. However, I regret the decision for two reasons. First, this book is not available for reading on Kindle for PC or Kindle for Iphone. I did not know I would not be able to read the book from all my Kindle locations. Second, several of the tables in the book are not visible, replaced by "Text not available due to copyright restrictions." These are tables integral to the text. Now I will have to borrow the book from a classmate or buy it to see the tables. I really had no idea that purchasing a Kindle edition of a book might entail buying a book with virtual pages torn out of it. Definitely diminishes my enthusiasm for Kindle overall.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x992e3a80) out of 5 stars A classic text for intoduction to family therapy Dec 23 2000
By Ta-Wei Wang - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the oldest and most classic family therapy text. Many experienced counselors have benefited from previous editions of the book. I read it several years ago, and I am also the co-translator of the Chinese edition of this book (4th ed.). It took us a LOT of time in the translation process. Because the language is full of jargons and the sentences are very long. It's a bit difficult for non-English speaking people. However, it has some good points. First, it has almost everything a biginner needs to know about family therapy. Second, it includes updated information. For example, it now has a single chapter on cultural diversity and ethnicity, which is an important topic in this field. And the popular theories like narrative and solution-focused therapies are also included. One weakness is that many old and less-used approaches occupied much space only for their historical importance. Besides, some information on the chapter of research does not catch up with latest trends. Overall, I think it is suitable for introductory family therapy courses, especially at the undergraduate level. But I think it could have more clinical examples to more clearly depict the theories.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x992e3cc0) out of 5 stars Don't buy the Kindle version!! April 20 2011
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I have a Kindle and enjoy saving a few bucks by purchasing the Kindle versions of books since I get them instantly and the price is a bit cheaper. I am running into a problem with my class because the electronic version of the book does not allow you to view about 90% of the images/figures/tables, etc. My professor specifically tests off some of these figures and I can't see them. I'm struggling in this class because of it, and it's too late for me to return the electronic version to buy the book version. Do NOT buy the Kindle edition!
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x992e3e64) out of 5 stars Fantastic Introduction to Family Therapy Oct. 10 2002
By Rocco B. Rubino - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a student of Family Therapy I am keenly aware of the need to have first-class resources that utilize proven techniques and that are theoretically sound.
This text by the Goldenberg's, I have been told, is a veritable classic. I can see why. The book is very logical in its layout and construction, with the authors eschewing jargon and therapy-speak for clear, lucid, and cogent language.
I have come to learn that there is a world of difference between individual therapy, and family therapy. The Goldenberg's make sure that this vital distinction is clear to the reader, and they do so without pedantry.
I would recommend this book as a resource or as the primary text for any graduate level family therapy course. This book is so comprehensive that it can stand alone, or be used to supplement your studies.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x992e8258) out of 5 stars Basic Counseling Textbook Oct. 27 2007
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This is a textbook for a graduate class in psychology. If you need to buy it as a textbook, then of course, you must buy it. The chapters are arranged in an order that explains the history of family therapy and the basics. It is a general textbook. You will need other books to get into psychotherapy in a deeper way. However, as an introductory text, this is easy reading. It is called an "overview" because that is exactly what it is.
My greatest advice for you is to not forget to use the website as a help to the book. The website backup materials will guarantee you to have a great grade in the course.
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