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Reasonable basic text
on 16 October 2010
As the title suggests, this book provides a very brief and basic overview of 100 key points and techniques related to family therapy. The structure is generally logical and covers what might be expected, in introducing systems theory, challenging misunderstandings and working through aspects of beginning, developing and ending therapy. It offers thoughts about common challenges encountered. However, each of the 100 points receives less than three small pages of attention so it is only useful as a very basic introduction to what are sometimes incredibly complex theoretical ideas or techniques.
At times, the authors make claims about techniques which seem to make assumptions without referring to the evidence to support such claims, e.g. stating that seeing their family mapped on a genogram is an experience that 'always allows clients to feel embedded in the influences that have formed them'. This might be based on their own clinical experience, but is not necessarily accurate.
Although the contents page includes all of the 100 points and techniques covered, the lack of an index does make the book difficult to use if you want to quickly refer to something, or find reference to something under a point or technique with a different title.