Inside Family Therapy: A Case Study in Family Healing by Michael P. NicholsInside Family Therapy: A Case Study in Family Healing by Michael P. Nichols

Inside Family Therapy: A Case Study in Family Healing

byMichael P. Nichols

Paperback | June 5, 2008

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Follow a family therapist’s narrative diary as he documents the process of working with the Salazars, as they explore each stage of their relationship-from courtship through the departure of the children from the home.


This unique casebook provides an in-depth, personal account from the counselor’s perspective, while also looking at the personal viewpoints of family members. Each major stage of the family life is presented in a separate chapter and the book includes discussions of the effects of gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation on individuals and families.

Title:Inside Family Therapy: A Case Study in Family HealingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6.9 × 0.6 inPublished:June 5, 2008Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0205611079

ISBN - 13:9780205611072

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Table of Contents



1    Disturbing the Peace  

“Can You Help Us?”  

Looking for Leverage  

Dialogue: Setting the System in Motion  

It Must Be a Marital Problem  

Linear versus Circular Causality  


2    The Making of a Family Therapist  

Behind the One-Way Mirror  


3    Love’s Young Dream  

“We’ll Sing in the Sunshine”  

Why Do Fools Fall in Love?  

“I Do”  


4    The Progress of Love  

“Why Are You so Mean to Me?”  




How to Succeed as a Couple by Really Trying  


 5   In-Laws  

“Alone at Last”  

Invaders from Another Planet  

Accommodation and Boundary-Making with the In-Laws  

Invisable Loyalties  

Past Tense and Imperfect Future  


 6   The Depressed Young Mother  

The Impossible Job  

The Family Life Cycle  

2 + 1 = 2  

Heather’s Birth  

The Young and the Restless  

Renegotiating Boundaries with Grandparents  


Bitter Fruit  


 7   Why Can’t Jason Behave?

Fix my Child without Disturbing Me  

Family Rules  

Family Structure  

The Strucural Model  

Blueprint for a Healthy Family  

Uncovering the Structure in a Family  

Building Children’s Self-Esteem  


 8   The Overinvolved Mother and Peripheral Father  

The need to Restructure the Family  

Shared Parenting  

The Best of Intentions  

Pursuers and Distancers  

Self-Defeating Cycles  


9    Family Feud  

Sibling Rivalry  



Brotherhood and Sisterhood  


10  Loss of Innocence  

To Tell or Not to Tell, That Is the Question  

All Hell Breaks Loose  

“Why, Why, Why?”  

Moving On  


11  Divorce, Remarriage, and Stepparenting  

Families in Transition  





12  Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Rebellious Teenager  

That Awful, Awkward Age  

“How Worried Should I Be about My Teenager?”  

The Terrible Teens  


13  The Salazars’ Family Therapy  

Shifting Boundaries  

All Together Again, and Out  


14  Letting Go  

“It’s the End of Our Family”  

The Long Good-Bye  

Boomerang Kids  

“Under Certain Conditions”  


Editorial Reviews

“Strengths include presentation of therapy scenarios; focus on one family going through the therapy to demonstrate the stages of therapy and the stages of family life; real life experiences of the Salazar family members (students get inducted into this and usually ‘read ahead’ of what is assigned, something not normally done!).” William Quinn, Clemson University   “The Inside Family Therapy book is perfect.  What is so very impressive about the content and the writing style is how Mike Nichols weaves and threads ways of thinking as he sits with this family, along with specific skills he utilizes in his work with them.  It allows students to see and experience what is going on within Nichols and how that is played out in what he says and does with the family.  This is not an easy thing to do with the written word (except in novels) but he does it so very well.  It also leads to much greater self awareness on the part of the students.  Robert Jackson,  University of Iowa