Family Therapies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal, By Mark A. Yarhouse and James N. Sells alt

Family Therapies

A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal

Christian Association for Psychological Studies Books

Second Edition

by Mark A. Yarhouse and James N. Sells

Family Therapies
  • Length: 512 pages
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  • Published: August 04, 2017
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 8905
  • ISBN: 9780830889051

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In Family Therapies, Mark A. Yarhouse and James N. Sells survey the major approaches to family therapy and treat significant psychotherapeutic issues within a Christian framework. A landmark work, this volume was written for those studying counseling, social work, psychology, or marriage and family therapy.

Fully updated and revised, this second edition includes new chapters on cohabitation, LGBT+ marriage, and family formation.

Other issues covered include

  • crisis and trauma
  • marital conflict
  • separation, divorce, and blended families
  • substance abuse and addictions
  • gender, culture, economic class, and race
  • sexual identity

Yarhouse and Sells conclude by casting a vision for an integrative Christian family therapy and offer timely wisdom for therapeutic practice in the midst of a diverse and rapidly changing global context.

Family Therapies is an indispensable resource for those in the mental health professions, including counselors, psychologists, family therapists, social workers, and pastors.

Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) Books explore how Christianity relates to mental health and behavioral sciences including psychology, counseling, social work, and marriage and family therapy in order to equip Christian clinicians to support the well-being of their clients.

"Yarhouse and Sells have created a masterpiece work analyzing approaches to family therapies. This is going to be a new classic, matching the accomplishment of Jones and Butman's analysis of psychotherapies in their book, Modern Psychotherapies."

Everett L. Worthington Jr., professor of psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

"Mark Yarhouse and James Sells have written a very helpful book that is comprehensive, biblically based and well-written. I highly recommend it as an excellent text for those interested in a Christian approach to family therapy."

Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D., professor of psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, and senior pastor, First Evangelical Church of Glendale, California

"In Family Therapies, Yarhouse and Sells provide an important resource for Christian scholars and therapists. The first two sections provide a thoughtful foundation and Christian critique of existing therapy models, reminiscent of what Stanton L. Jones and Richard E. Butman accomplished in their classic book, Modern Psychotherapies, but with a focus on models of family therapy. The third section, which could have been a book on its own, looks at contemporary issues in relation to a Christian perspective on family therapy. The final section casts a vision for an integrative model of family therapy. This is a significant book that will help shape the training and practice of Christian therapists."

Mark R. McMinn, Ph.D., ABPP, professor of psychology, George Fox University, an`d coauthor of Integrative Psychotherapy

"Yarhouse and Sells have written a practical, concise, invaluable, one- of-a-kind resource that integrates biblical, theological, psychological, theoretical, clinical and practical resources in ways that help the reader look at the family and family therapy through different lenses and better understand the individual in the context of their broader family system. This book will be read and reread by a broad audience."

Gary J. Oliver, Th.M., Ph.D., professor of psychology and practical theology, John Brown University



Part I: Foundational Considerations
1. A Christian Understanding for Family Therapy
2. Historical Foundations of Family Therapy

Part II: Models of Family Therapy
3. Bowenian Family Therapy
4. Strategic Family Therapy
5. Structural Family Therapy
6. Psychodynamic Family Therapy
7. Contextual Family Therapy
8. Experiential Family Therapy
9.. Solution-Focused Family Therapy
10. Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapy
11. Narrative Family Therapy
12. Toward an Integrative Christian Family Therapy

Part III: Integration of Family Theory with Critical Issues in Psychotherapy
13. Crisis and Trauma
14. Attending to Marital Conflict
15. Separation, Divorce, and Remarriage
16. Individual Psychopathology
17. Substance Abuse
18. Gender, Culture, Economic Class, and Race
19. Cohabiting Couples and Families: Christian Counseling's New Reality
20. LGBT+ Couples and Families

Part IV: Casting a Vision
21. Conclusion: Casting a Vision for Christian Family Therapy

Author Index
Subject Index


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Mark A. Yarhouse

Mark A. Yarhouse (PsyD, Wheaton College) is the Dr. Arthur P. Rech & Mrs. Jean May Rech Endowed Chair and professor of psychology at Wheaton College, where he directs the Sexual and Gender Identity (SGI) Institute. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and author or coauthor of several books, including Understanding Gender Dysphoria, Modern Psychopathologies, Understanding Sexual Identity, and Family Therapies.

James N. Sells

James N. Sells (PhD, University of Southern California) is professor of counseling, shares the Rosemary S. Hughes Professor of Christian Thought and Mental Health, and codirects the Charis Institute at Regent University. He is a licensed psychologist, and his books include Family Therapies and Beyond the Clinical Hour.