book review, family therapy
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.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Busby, Dean M., "Professional books -- Competence, courage, and change: An approach to family therapy by D. B. Waters and E. C. Lawrence" (1995). Faculty Publications. 4583.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
Copyright American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Apr 1995
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