S. K. Hanna's "The Practice of Family Therapy" Book Review

S. K. Hanna's "The Practice of Family Therapy"
Presents a chapter by chapter review of "The Practice of Family Therapy: Key Elements Across Models", fourth edition, by Suzanne Midori Hanna.
# 149272 | 3,740 words | 1 source | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 04, 2011 in Psychology (Therapies) , Sociology (Social Work) , English (Analysis)

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This paper relates that Suzanne Midori Hanna's well-written "The Practice of Family Therapy: Key Elements across Models" is a practical guide to integrate common elements of practice from first, second and third generation approaches to family therapy. Next, the author details each chapter that ranges from an introduction to the concept and definition of family therapy, to therapy models and common themes and most of all how to work with clients. The paper reports that Chapter 4 'Integration of Practice: Common Themes' is the most useful section of the book; whereas, Chapter 2, 'Family Therapy Models in the Twenty-First Century' is the least useful.

From the Paper:

"Hanna identifies three second generational models. The first model is the Milan team model. The Milan team model places an emphasis on changing meaning and beliefs, not behaviors alone. The second model described is the solution focused family therapy model. This model of therapy is based on the work of Milton Erickson and his ideas that people learn limitations that can be bypassed; these models recognize the therapist's role in assisting a family to identify its resources, to build on what is working and to manage its problems. The last second generation family therapy model described is narrative family therapy model. In the narrative family therapy model the therapist must integrate the search for competencies with an analysis of interactional cycles and assignments that instill hope in the client.
"In chapter 2, the author also gives an overview of third generation family therapy. According to the author these are also known as evidence based models. The first third generation model identified is the cognitive-behavioral family therapy model. In this model of therapy the therapist focuses on how the client's internal conflict affects their behavior, and how unrealistic expectations of another often produce undesirable behavior. The second model identified is the multisystemic therapy model."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hanna, S. (2007). The Practice of Family Therapy: Key Elements across Models. California: Thomson Brooks/Cole.

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APA Format

S. K. Hanna's "The Practice of Family Therapy" (2011, December 04) Retrieved October 03, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/s-k-hanna-the-practice-of-family-therapy-149272/

MLA Format

"S. K. Hanna's "The Practice of Family Therapy"" 04 December 2011. Web. 03 October. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/s-k-hanna-the-practice-of-family-therapy-149272/>