Keywords

book review, family therapy

Abstract

In this book Waters and Lawrence present a model of family therapy that is refreshing and informative. They use principles from strength-focused paradigms without ignoring pathology. They call this emphasis "healthy intentions, unhealthy outcomes." In an innovative way Waters and Lawrence help clients uncover the competent strivings underlying pathological behaviors. Once these strivings are uncovered, the therapist and client can work together to find effective ways of reaching goals without engaging in destructive behaviors. Rather than ignore pathology and thereby negate clients' experiences, or overemphasize pathology and remove hope, the authors use pathology as the vehicle to understand the inner desires of family members.

Original Publication Citation

Busby, D. M. (1995). Competence, courage and change: An approach to family therapy by Waters, D. B., Lawrence, E. C. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 21, 210.

Document Type

Other

Publication Date

1995-4

Publisher

Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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