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Family Therapy Skills I, 2019/20, Semester B11
Marie McGovern
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

9th October - Engagement and Alliance building

Essential reading

Carr, A. 2012. The Stages of Family Therapy. In:Carr, A  Family Therapy: Concepts Process and Practice. 3rd Ed. Chichester, Wiley and sons. pp. 221-256

Carr, Alan. 2005 Research on the Therapeutic Alliance in Family Therapy. In C. Flaskas, B. Mason, A. Perlesz (eds) The space between : experience, context, and process in the therapeutic relationship. Karnac. London

Flaskas, C. 2004 Thinking about the therapeutic relationship: emerging themes in family therapy. The Australian and New Zealand journal of family therapy. 25 (1): 13-20

Friedlander, ML.; Lambert, JE.; Escudero, V.; Cragun, C 2008 How do therapists enhance family alliances? Sequential analyses of therapist-client behavior in two contrasting cases. Psychotherapy : theory, research, practice, training. 45 (1): 75-87. 

Harré, R. (2012) Positioning theory: moral dimensions of social-cultural psychology. In J. Valsiner (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology. New York: Oxford University, pp. 191–206.   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 24/09/2019) 

Roy-Chowdhury, S. 2006.  How is the therapeutic relationship talked into being? Journal of Family Therapy.  28. pp. 153 -174.

Reimers, S. 2001. Understanding alliances. How can research inform user friendly practice? Journal of Family Therapy. 23 1, pp 46 – 62.

Sutherland, O. and Couture, S. 2007. The Discursive Performance of the Alliance in Family Therapy: A Conversation Analytic Perspective. The Australian and New Zealand journal of family therapy. 28 4, pp. 210- 217

Additional reading

Campbell, D. 1997 The Other Side of the Story - Listening for the client’s experience. In: Multiple Voices. Narrative in Systemic Family Psychotherapy (eds.) Papadopoulos, R. Bing - Hall, J. London Duckworth. Chap 1: pp15- 40

Carr, A. 2001. A study of the Differential Effects of Tomm’s Questioning Style on Therapeutic Alliance. Family Process.  40 1, pp.67-77. 

Cunningham, PB. & Henggeler, SW. 1999 Engaging Multiproblem Families in Treatment: Lessons Learned Throughout the Development of Multisystemic Therapy. Family Process. 38 (3):265-281

Diamond, GM.; Liddle, HA.; Hogue, A.; Dakof, GA. 1999 Alliance-building interventions with adolescents in family therapy: A process study. Psychotherapy : theory/research/practice/training. ISSN: 0033-3204. 36 (4): 355-368

Flaskas, C. 1997. Engagement and the therapeutic relationship in systemic therapy. Journal of family therapy. ISSN: 0163-4445 19, pp.263-282.

Flaskas, C., 1989 Thinking about the Emotional Interaction of Therapist and Family. FROM: The Australian and New Zealand journal of family therapy. 10 (1). pp.1-6. The Australian and New Zealand journal of family therapy. Available online

Friedlander, ML. Escudero, V. Heatherington, L. 2006 Therapeutic alliances in couple and family therapy : an empirically informed guide to practice. Washington, DC. APA Publishing.


Green, R. J. and Herget, M. 1991. Outcomes of Systemic/Strategic Team Consultation: III. The Importance of Therapist Warmth and Active Structuring. Family Process.. 30, pp. 321-336.

Hubble, M., Duncan,B. Miller,S. 1999. The heart & soul of change : what works in therapy. American Psychological Association, Washington.

Rait, D.S. 2000. Ther therapeutic alliance in couples and family therapy Journal of Clinical Psychology 56 (2) pp. 211-224  

Weitzman, L.C.S.W. 1985 Engaging the Severely Dysfunctional Family in Treatment: Basic Considerations. Family Process. Vol. 24(4): 473-485.


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9th october 2019 - Assessment and hypothesising in family therapy

Essential reading

Aggett, P., Swainson, M. & Tapsell, D. 2011. 'Seeking permission': An interviewing stance for finding connection with hard to reach families. Journal of Family Therapy.

Fredman, G. 2007. Preparing ourselves for the therapeutic relationship revisiting “hypothesizing revisited”. Human systems. 18, 44-59.     OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 22/10/2019) 

Freedman, J . 1996 Questions. Chpater 5  in Freedman, J. Narrative therapy :the social construction of preferred realities. New York. Norton   Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Hedges, F. 2005 ‘From Neutrality and Curiosity to Self-Other-Reflexivity’ chap 5 in An introduction to systemic therapy with individuals : a social constructionist approach. Palgrave

Hills, J. 2013. A Family Systemic Session Observed. Chapter 3 in Introduction to systematic and family therapy : a user's guide ISBN: 9780230224445 (paperback) : £19.99; 023022444X (paperback) : £19.99 , Palgrave.

Lang, P., & McAdam, E. 1995 Stories, giving accounts and systemic descriptions. Perspectives and positions in conversations. Feeding and fanning the winds of creative imagination. Human systems. The Journal of Systemic Consultation and Management, 6 2, 71-104. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

Lang, W.P. Little, M. Cronen, V 1990 The systemic professional; domains of action and the question of neutrality. Human systems. . 1(1) 39 - 55 Available online      

Paré, D. 2013 Therapeutic conversation Chapter 2 in: Paré, D. The practice of collaborative counseling and psychotherapy developing skills in culturally mindful helping. London Sage   Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Wilson, J. 1998. Making a connection: the first encounter Chapter 3 in Child-focused practice : a collaborative systemic approach Karnac

Background reading

Abbott, B.V. Douglas K. Snyder, D. 2012 Integrative approaches to couple therapy: a clinical case illustration Journal of family therapy 2012 34: 306–320.

Andersen, T. 1995. Reflecting processes; Acts of informing and forming: You can borrow my eyes, but you must not take them away from me! In The reflecting team in action : collaborative practice in family therapy (ed. S. E. Friedman). Guilford Press: New York.

Beck, R. L. 1987. The Genogram as a Process. American journal of family therapy.  15 4: 343 - 351.

Clark, P., Cole, C. Robertson, M. 2013. Creating a Safety Net: Transferring to a New Therapist in a Training Setting. Contemporary family therapy. 36 1 

Dishion, TA. & Stormshak, EA. 2007 Initial Contacts That Establish a Collaborative Set. In, Intervening in children's lives : an ecological, family-centered approach to mental health care. pp. 71-89.

Estrada, A. U. and Haney, P. 1998. Genograms in a multicultural perspective. Journal of Family Psychotherapy 9 2, pp.55 - 62.

Frame, M. W. 2000. The Spiritual Genogram In Family Therapy. Journal of marital and family therapy. 26, pp. 211-216.

Halevy, J. 1998. A Genogram with Attitude. Journal of marital and family therapy. 24 2, pp.233-242.

Hardy, K. 1995. The Cultural Genogram: Key to training culturally competent family therapists.  Journal of marital and family therapy. 21 3, pp.227-237.

Kakiuchi, K.and Weeks, G. 2009. The Occupational Transmission Genogram: Exploring Family Scripts Affecting Roles of Work and Career in Couple and Family Dynamics. Journal of Family Psychotherapy. 20, pp.1-12.

Kuehl, B. P. 1995. The Solution Orientated genogram: A collaborative approach. Journal of marital and family therapy. 21 3, pp.239 - 250.

Lowe, R. 2005 Structured Methods and Striking Moments: Using Question Sequences in “Living Ways”. Family Process. 44, 1, pp. 44:65.

Mason, B. 2012. The personal and the professional: core beliefs and the construction of bridges across difference. In I.-B. Krause , (ed.) 2012 Culture and reflexivity in systemic psychotherapy : mutual perspectives London: Karnac pp. 163–179   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 22/10/2019)  

McGoldrick, M. 1985. Genograms in Family Assessment. New York, W.W. Norton.

Macvean, A.and McGoldrick, M. and Evans, J.and Brown, J. 2001 Genograms: Is it time for a change? The Australian and New Zealand journal of family therapy.  4, pp. 207 – 213    

Milewski-Hertleni, K. 2001. The Use of a Socially Constructed Genogram in Clinical Practice. American journal of family therapy.  29, pp.23 - 38.

Monk, G. 2003 Sociopolitical activist or conversational partner? Distinguishing the position of the therapist in narrative and collaborative therapies – Theory and Practice. Family Process.  42, pp. 19-30.

Mumford, D. 2003. The Money Genogram. Journal of Family Psychotherapy 14, pp . 33 – 44.

Pilling, S., Roth, A. D. & Stratton, P. 2010 The competences required to deliver effective systemic therapies. Available from:  

Rogers, A Scmidt, P (2016) Emotion talk and young people self-harming. Journal of family therapy 38 2 pp 206-226Tomm, K. 1987. Interventive interviewing I: Strategizing as the fourth guideline for the therapist. Family Process. 26, 3-13

Tomm, K. 1987. Interventive interviewing II: Reflexive questioning as a means to enable self-healing. Family Process26, 167-183

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27th November 2019 Working with families where there has been intimate partner violence with Prof. Arlene Vetere

Essential Reading

Sammut Scerri, C. Vetere, A. Abela, A. 2017. How to help stop the violence. Chapter 3 in Intervening After Violence: Therapy for Couples and Families (Focused Issues in Family Therapy) . Springer


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11th march 2020 - Developing skills in Hypothesising and Systemic Formulation

Essential reading

Allen, C. 2004. Borderline personality disorder: towards a systemic formulation. Journal of family therapy 26 4 pp. 126-141.

Dallos, R., Stedmon, J. 2006. Systemic formulation: Mapping the Family Dance. In: L. L. Johnston, LL and Dallos, R. Ed. Formulation in psychology and psychotherapy : making sense of people's problems. London: Routledge, pp. 72-79.

Harper, D., Moss, D. 2003. A Different Kind of Chemistry? Reformulating 'Formulation'. Clinical Psychology 25, 6-10.

Madsen, W. 2017. What We See Is What We Get - Reexamining Our Assessment Process. In: Madsen, W. 2nd Ed Collaborative therapy with multi-stressed families, The Guilford Press: New York

Oliver, C 1996 Systemic eloquence  Human systems. 7 (4) pp247 - 264.   Available online    

Vetere, A. and Dallos, R. 2003. Systemic Formulation. In: Vetere, A. and Dallos, R. Working systemically with families : formulation, intervention and evaluation. London: Karnac. pp.59-86.

Additional and background reading

Carr, A. 2007. Family therapy training on a clinical psychology programme. Journal of family therapy. 29, pp. 326-329.

Combrinck-Graham, L. V. N. 1987. Invitation to a kiss: Diagnosing ecosystemically. Psychotherapy : theory, research, practice, training. 24, pp. 504-510.

Harper, D., Spellman, D. 2006. Social constructionist Formulation- Telling a Different Story. In Formulation in psychology and psychotherapy : making sense of people's problems. (ed. L. L. Johnston, Dallos, R.), pp. 98-125. Routledge: London.

Iversen, R., Gergen, K., Fairbanks, R. (2005). Assessment and Social Construction: Conflict or Co- Creation. British Journal of Social Work. 35, 689-708.

Wilkinson, I. 1998. Child and family assessment : clinical guidelines for practitioners. Routledge: London.

Wilkinson, I. 1998. Part II Family Assessment in Practice. In: Wilkinson, I.  Child and family assessment : clinical guidelines for practitioners. New York: Routledge, pp. 109-142.

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22nd April 2020 - Post modern Family Therapy

Essential reading

Bertrando, P. And Arcelloni, T. 2014 Emotions in the practice of systemic therapy The Australian and New Zealand journal of family therapy. , 35, 123–135  

Cheon, H.-S. and Murphy, M. J. 2007. The self-of-the-therapist awakened: Postmodern approaches to the use of self in marriage and family therapy. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy : An International Forum. 19, pp. 1-16.

Flaskas, C. (1999) Limits and Possibilities of the Postmodern Narrative Self. The Australian and New Zealand journal of family therapy. vol. 20, no. 1, pp 20 - 27.

Madsen W 2009 Collaborative Helping: A Practice Framework for Family-Centred Services. Family Process, Vol 48, No 1, pp103-116.

Penn, P 2007 Listening voices. Chapter seven in Collaborative therapy : relationships and conversations that make a difference Routledge.    

Roth S, From the Theory to the Practice of Inquiring Collaboratively, Chapter 20 in Anderson H & Gehart D Eds 2007 Collaborative therapy : relationships and conversations that make a difference. London: Routledge. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

Monk, G. 2003 Sociopolitical activist or conversational partner? Distinguishing the position of the therapist in narrative and collaborative therapies – Theory and Practice. Family Process. Spring;42(1):19-30.

Weingarten, K.1998. "The small and the ordinary. The daily practice of a post modern narrative therapy." Family Process. 37 : 3-15.

Additional and background reading

Chrzastowski, S. K. 2011. A narrative perspective on genograms: Revisiting classical family therapy methods. Clinical child psychology and psychiatry.. 16,  pp. 635-644.

Flaskas, C., Mccarthy, I. & Sheehan, J. 2007. Hope and despair in narrative and family therapy : adversity, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Hove. Routledge.

Freedman, J., & Combs, G. (1996). Narrative therapy Chapter 5 in Freedman, J., & Combs, G. (1996). Narrative therapy : the social construction of preferred realities . W.W. Norton.: New York.  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 19/10/2017) 

Freeman, J. C., Epston, D. And Lobovits, D. 1997. Playful approaches to serious problems : narrative therapy with children and their families. New York, W.W. Norton.

Monk, G., Winsldae, J., Crocket, K. Epston, D. 1997 Narrative therapy in practice : the archaeology of hope. San Francisco. Josey-Bass

Nicholson, S. 1995. The narrative dance: A practice map for White's therapy. The Australian and New Zealand journal of family therapy. 16, pp. 23-28. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (SRJ 09/10/2017) 

Lowe, R. 2005 Structured Methods and Striking Moments: Using Question Sequences in “Living Ways”. Family Process. Vol. 44, no. 1 pp 44:65.

Pare, D., Lysack, M. 2004. The Willow and the Oak: From Monologue to Dialogue in the Scaffolding of Therapeutic Conversations. Journal of systemic therapies.. 23, pp. 1 6-20.

Morgan, Alice. (2000) What is narrative therapy : an easy to read introduction. Dulwich Centre Publications Adelaide, South Australia

Payne, M. 2006. Narrative Therapy an Introduction for Counsellors. London: Sage Publications.Strand, P.S. 1997. Toward a developmentally informed Narrative Therapy. Family Process. 42: 19-30.

Saltzburg, S. 2007. Narrative Therapy Pathways for Re-authoring with Parents of Adolescents Coming -out as Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual. Contemporary family therapy. (29) pp. 57-69.

Sutherland, O. 2007. Therapist positioning and power in discursive therapies: A comparative analysis. Contemporary family therapy 29, 193–209.

White, M. (1990). Narrative means to therapeutic ends. New York, Norton.

White, M. (1995). "Re-authoring the stories we work by: situating the narrative approach in the presence of the family of therapists." The Australian and New Zealand journal of family therapy. 16 (4): 181 - 189. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (SRJ 09/10/2017) 

Zimmerman, J., Dickerson, V. (1994). "Using a Narrative Metaphor: Implications for Theory and Clinical Practice." Family Process. 33 : 233 - 245.

Shotter, J. 1993. Conversational realities : constructing life through language ISBN: 0803989334 (pbk); 0803989326. Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage.

This list was last updated on 14/10/2019