Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods (9th Edition) Hardcover – Nov 24 2009
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The danger of this book lies not with it or the author, but rather the student. Like all good survey books, contemporary master's level students often think they now can "go forth and heal" on this knowledge alone. One of my greatest gifts I received from seminary training was this: "Gents (we were all men), this class isn't the last word on this subject. This is the beginning of a life-long journey in this area."
Nichols book, when used in academia, is best seen in this light. Students need to know this is a secondary source which is to focus their reading of primary sources - you need to read Minuchin, Haley, White, de Shazer, Berg, Johnson, and Whitaker for yourselves!
As an introduction to the field, you will find none better.
At one point in the book, the author takes the stance that if somebody in a family is physically abusive, it's the man. If the woman IS abusive (as well as the man), then it should be noted that unless she has a weapon, she isn't much of a threat as she isn't as physically powerful. Another point in the text states it's best not to take time to become culturally competent (as you'll never know everything), but rather it's best just to be inquisitive. It also includes nearly no mention of non-traditional families.
Bottom line: It's shameful that a book updated in 2010 is as narrow and outdated as this is. I'd recommend exploring all possible options before buying it. I keep all my texts, but this one's getting sold when the class is over.
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