Help families cope with the impact of personality dysfunction!
Family Treatment of Personality Disorders: Advances in Clinical Practice examines the application of marital and family therapy approaches to the treatment of a wide range of personality disorders. Valuable on its own and doubly useful as a companion volume to Family Therapy and Mental Health: Innovations in Theory and Practice (Haworth), the book integrates traditional individual models with family systems models to provide a multidimensional approach to treating personality disorders. Each chapter is written by a family therapist with extensive experience treating personality disorders and includes a case example, an exploration of the impact of the disorder on family members, a look at cultural and gender issues, and an examination of how the model is integrated with traditional psychiatric services and the proper application of medication.
Family Treatment of Personality Disorders is a single, accessible source for significant contributions to the emerging literature on family treatment approaches that, until now, have been scattered through journals representing a variety of disciplines. The book’s strong clinical focus provides a concise summary of relevant theory and interventions for effective treatment, including discussion of how to manage crises and acting out behavior. Edited by a practicing frontline clinician, the book provides an overview of the personality disorders field, examines the Structural Analysis of Social Behavior model and the Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy approach, and presents detailed descriptions of key concepts and treatment approaches.
Family Treatment of Personality Disorders focuses on specific DSM-IV personality disorders, including:
Family Treatment of Personality Disorders: Advances in Clinical Practice is an excellent resource for clinicians treating mental health problems and for academic work in family psychopathology and family therapy and mental health.
Table of ContentsPart I: Overview
Chapter 1. Family Treatment of Personality Disorders: Historical Overview and Current Perspectives (Jeffrey J. Magnavita and Malcolm M. MacFarlane)
Chapter 2. An Interpersonal Family-Oriented Approach to Personality Disorder (Lorna Smith Benjamin and Gretta Cushing)
Chapter 3. An Object Relations Approach to the Treatment of Personality Disordered Marriages (Charles C. McCormack)
Part II: Specific Disorders
Chapter 4. Marital and Family Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (Judith K. Kreisman and Jerold J. Kreisman)
Chapter 5. Family Therapy with a Histrionic-Obsessive Couple (Len Sperry)
Chapter 6. Integrative Marital and Family Treatment of Dependent Personality Disorders (William C. Nichols)
Chapter 7. Systemic Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder: An Integrative Approach (Malcolm M. MacFarlane)
Chapter 8. Family Treatment of Passive Aggressive (Negativistic) Personality Disorder (Jon Carlson, Kimberly A. Melton, and Kim Snow)
Chapter 9. Family Therapy of Avoidant Personality Disorder (Peter D. McLean and Carmen P. McLean)
Chapter 10. Treating the Borderline Mother: Integrating EMDR with a Family Systems Perspective (Christine Ann Lawson)
Chapter 11. Relationship Enhancement Family Therapy with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (Marsha J. Harman and Michael Waldo)
Chapter 12. Couple Therapy with a Paranoid Personality Disordered Client (Paul S. Links and Michelle Stockwell)
Reference Notes Included
What People are Saying About This
EXCELLENT. . . . The chapters, authored by a cadre of seasoned clinicians,
cover the broad range of different personality disorders. An excellent
description of each disorder is provided, as well as consideration of the
effects of the disorder on the dynamics of family and couple relationships.
The book is replete with clinical vignettes, case descriptions, and
practical advice for clinicians working with families. This book MEETS A
CRITICAL AND PREVIOUSLY UNMET NEED FOR THERAPISTS WORKING WITH FAMILIES AND
COUPLES, AND DESERVES A PLACE ON THE SHELF OF EVERY FAMILY THERAPIST.
PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School
A GREAT STEP FORWARD FOR CLINICIANS in understanding the interplay between
family dynamics and personality disorders. . . . Offers a sound explication
of the major personality disorders.
PhD., Past President, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; Editor, Journal of Divorce and Remarriage; Co-author of Short-Term Family Therapy with Borderline Patients and Family Therapy with Borderline Disorders