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Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy: A Practical Approach to Theory and Clinical Case Documentation, 1st Edition

  • Diane R. Gehart
  • ISBN-10: 0495597244
  • ISBN-13: 9780495597247
  • 528 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2010 Published
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About the Product

Gehart offers one of the first textbooks designed to teach the majority of skills and knowledge outlined in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Core Competencies. Using a light and inviting tone, the author engages students and provides them a comprehensive five-step model for competent treatment which includes case conceptualization, clinical assessment (diagnosis) and case management, treatment planning, evaluation of progress, and documentation. The work also includes a set of useful clinical forms that can be applied in practice environments, as well as an introduction to the importance of theory and evidence-based practice in all five steps.


  • The book is designed to teach the majority of skills and knowledge outlined in the AAMFT Core Competencies (70 of the 128 competencies); an estimated 70% of these skills are likely to overlap with the forth-coming general counseling ACA/CACREP competencies.

  • The design of the book allows you to easily measure students' mastery of competencies and learning outcomes, which are now required for both university and professional accrediting bodies. To this end, the author provides related assignments and rubrics.

  • The book incorporates both traditional marriage and family therapy theories as well as newer evidenced-based therapies. Rather than presenting these theories in the traditional historical fashion, theories are introduced from a practical perspective: how does it look in the therapy room?

  • A comprehensive set of clinical forms, incorporated into the text, can be used in practice environments, either in university training clinics or community agencies.

About the Author

Diane R. Gehart

Dr. Diane R. Gehart is a Professor in the Marriage, Family, and Therapy and Counseling Programs at California State University, Northridge. She has authored numerous books, including CASE DOCUMENTATION IN COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY, THEORY AND TREATMENT PLANNING IN COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY, MINDFULNESS AND ACCEPTANCE IN COUPLE AND FAMILY THERAPY, and MASTERING COMPETENCIES IN FAMILY THERAPY. She also co-edited COLLABORATIVE THERAPY: RELATIONSHIPS AND CONVERSATIONS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE, and has developed two systems for assessing student learning: THE COMPLETE MFT CORE COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT SYSTEM and THE COMPLETE COUNSELING ASSESSMENT SYSTEM. Dr. Gehart's areas of specialty include mindfulness, mental health recovery, postmodern and systemic therapies, sexual abuse treatment, gender issues, children and adolescents, client advocacy, qualitative research, and education in family therapy. She speaks internationally, having conducted workshops to professional and general audiences in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Mexico. Her work has been featured in newspapers, radio shows, and television worldwide. She is an associate faculty member at three international post-graduate training institutes: The Taos Institute, Houston Galveston Institute, and The Marburg Institute for Collaborative Studies in Germany. Additionally, she is an active leader in state and national professional organizations. She maintains a private practice in Agoura Hills, California, specializing in couples, families, trauma, life transitions, and difficult-to-treat cases.

Table of Contents

1. Competency in Family Therapy.
2. Case Conceptualization.
3. Clinical Assessment.
4. Treatment Planning.
5. Evaluating Progress in Therapy.
6. Document It: Progress Notes.
7. Understanding the Role of Theory in Therapy.
8. Philosophical Foundations of Family Therapy Theories.
9. Systemic and Strategic Therapies.
10. Structural Therapy.
11. Experiential Family Therapies.
12. Intergenerational and Psychoanalytic Family Therapies.
13. Behavioral and Cognitive Couple and Family Therapies.
14. Solution-Based Therapies.
15. Collaborative and Narrative Therapies.
16. Group Therapy With Couples and Families.
Closing Thoughts: Where to Go From Here?