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"Smith-Acuna illuminates the structural hierarchy, roles, and boundaries that give a system structure. The relationship between parts and wholes is both simple and profound, and particularly important in looking at systems structure. These morsels of wisdom are good examples of Smith-Acuna's grace as a systems theory tour guide: one moment she's digging deeper into the nua "Smith-Acuna illuminates the structural hierarchy, roles, and boundaries that give a system structure. The relationship between parts and wholes is both simple and profound, and particularly important in looking at systems structure. These morsels of wisdom are good examples of Smith-Acuna's grace as a systems theory tour guide: one moment she's digging deeper into the nuances among the theories, the next moment she's simplifying without dumbing down, but in a manner that is enormously liberating. We enjoy the fun, full, and informed journey with her." --Frank S. Pittman III, MD A practical presentation of systems theory as a fundamental model for clinical practice Valuable for seasoned mental health professionals as well as those in training, Systems Theory in Action presents systems theory--the unifying principles surrounding the organization and functioning of systems--as it applies to individual, couples, and family therapy. This innovative book explores systems theory as an effective model for general mental health practice. It examines the role systems theory can play, specifically in understanding clients' presenting problems in context, within the various systems and subsystems in which the problems are embedded. Filled with realistic clinical stories illustrating relevant concepts that tie theory to technique, Systems Theory in Action takes an in-depth look at: Systems theory as a solid guide through the dynamic process of psychotherapy The multilayered value of observing human interactions through a systems view Systemic thinking, its core components, and how it serves to reveal a "big picture" view of clients and their presenting problems Systems Theory in Action is a unique contribution to the field, translating the technical terminology of general systems thinking into common, everyday language.


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"Smith-Acuna illuminates the structural hierarchy, roles, and boundaries that give a system structure. The relationship between parts and wholes is both simple and profound, and particularly important in looking at systems structure. These morsels of wisdom are good examples of Smith-Acuna's grace as a systems theory tour guide: one moment she's digging deeper into the nua "Smith-Acuna illuminates the structural hierarchy, roles, and boundaries that give a system structure. The relationship between parts and wholes is both simple and profound, and particularly important in looking at systems structure. These morsels of wisdom are good examples of Smith-Acuna's grace as a systems theory tour guide: one moment she's digging deeper into the nuances among the theories, the next moment she's simplifying without dumbing down, but in a manner that is enormously liberating. We enjoy the fun, full, and informed journey with her." --Frank S. Pittman III, MD A practical presentation of systems theory as a fundamental model for clinical practice Valuable for seasoned mental health professionals as well as those in training, Systems Theory in Action presents systems theory--the unifying principles surrounding the organization and functioning of systems--as it applies to individual, couples, and family therapy. This innovative book explores systems theory as an effective model for general mental health practice. It examines the role systems theory can play, specifically in understanding clients' presenting problems in context, within the various systems and subsystems in which the problems are embedded. Filled with realistic clinical stories illustrating relevant concepts that tie theory to technique, Systems Theory in Action takes an in-depth look at: Systems theory as a solid guide through the dynamic process of psychotherapy The multilayered value of observing human interactions through a systems view Systemic thinking, its core components, and how it serves to reveal a "big picture" view of clients and their presenting problems Systems Theory in Action is a unique contribution to the field, translating the technical terminology of general systems thinking into common, everyday language.

30 review for Systems Theory in Action: Applications to Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Blackledge

    The (95%) good: the book achieves depth, span and brevity. It manages to bang through the major components of the systemic therapy approaches and gives decent lip service to other related psychotherapeutic models, repeat with case study examples, in a scant 150 pages. It's a tasty lil sampler platter of delicious theories and applications. Nice! The (5%) bad: it's kind of expensive at 25.00 (e-book). I'm sick of expensive books for broke ass mental health clinicians (like myself). Also, it's just The (95%) good: the book achieves depth, span and brevity. It manages to bang through the major components of the systemic therapy approaches and gives decent lip service to other related psychotherapeutic models, repeat with case study examples, in a scant 150 pages. It's a tasty lil sampler platter of delicious theories and applications. Nice! The (5%) bad: it's kind of expensive at 25.00 (e-book). I'm sick of expensive books for broke ass mental health clinicians (like myself). Also, it's just a little unclear at times. The constructs could have been more systematically and clearly explained and summarized at the end of the chapters. That's a really minor gripe however, for the most part the book is really well done. All in all I consider this a real worthwhile read. And I have to say, it turned me on to some ideas I had been less receptive to prior (e.g. Postmodern and Psychodynamic).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marco

    Man, what a shallow compilation of theories and examples. "Systems theory" is here used a synonym of critical thinking or context thinking, so the book presents nearly zero new insights into systems. It is one of those books you keep waiting to start becoming interesting until you realize you're near the end and have only read the most cursory of reflections on nothing and everything. This came as a special disappointment since I had just finished reading the wonderful and game-changing Family Eva Man, what a shallow compilation of theories and examples. "Systems theory" is here used a synonym of critical thinking or context thinking, so the book presents nearly zero new insights into systems. It is one of those books you keep waiting to start becoming interesting until you realize you're near the end and have only read the most cursory of reflections on nothing and everything. This came as a special disappointment since I had just finished reading the wonderful and game-changing Family Evaluation. Oh well, at least it was somewhat brief.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Megan

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Great application of systems theory to mostly modern theories in marriage and family therapy. It was an easy read, especially compared to other works out there addressing systems theory. She provides examples of clients she has worked with, provides a good overview of some modern models, and even touches on a few postmodern models at the end.

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