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Family Therapy: SFTD/DMFT 5110 - Language Systems W 2024 - Bennett

the subject guide to family therapy provides information on resources available from the Martin and Gail Press Health Professions Divisions Library, both in the library and online, related to family therapy.

Week 1 - January 4 - Introduction

Week 2 - January 11: Beyond Individual Knowledge


Rosen, H. (1996). Meaning-making narratives: Foundations for constructivist and social constructionist psychotherapies. In H. Rosen, & K. Kuehlwein (Eds.), Constructing realities: Meaning-making perspectives for psychotherapists. (pp. 3-51). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. *


On-line articles:

von Foerster, H. Ethics and Second-Order Cybernetics

Varela, F. (1984). The creative circle: Sketches on the natural history of circularity. In P. Watzlawick (Ed.), The invented reality. New York, NY: W. W. Norton.

Week 4 - January 25 - Family Therapy and Constructivism

Hoffman: Acknowledgements, Intro, and Ch. 1-4.

E- Reader:

           Keeney, B. P., & Sprenkle, D. H. (1992). Ecosystemic epistemology: Critical implications for the aesthetics and pragmatics of family therapy. In R. B. Miller (Ed.), The restoration of dialogue: Readings in the philosophy of clinical psychology (pp. 477–495). American Psychological Association. *

            Goolishian, H. (1988). Constructivism, autopoiesis, and problem determined systems. 

                       The Irish Journal of Psychology, 9(1), 130-143. **

              Hoffman, L. (1988). A constructivist position for family therapy. The Irish Journal of Psychology, 9(1), 110-129. **

Week 5- February 1 - Language, Dialogue, and Social Constructionism

             Hoffman: Ch. 5-8

             Gergen: Ch. 1 & 4


             Anderson, H., & Goolishian, H. (1988). Human systems as linguistic systems: preliminary and evolving ideas about the implications for clinical theory. Family Process, 27, 371-393. **

            Iversen, R.R., Gergen, K. J. &  Fairbanks, R. P. (2005). Assessment and Social Construction: Conflict or Co-Creation? British Journal of Social Work, 35, 689-708. 

           Video : Sheila McNamee, Radical Presence

Week 6 - February 8 - Postmodernism

                  Hoffman: Ch. 9-10

                   Gergen: Ch. 6

                   O’Farrell, C. (1999). Postmodernism for the uninitiated. May not be the full text of the article and should be requested through Interlibrary Loan.  (1999) Postmodernism for the uninitiated. In Meadmore, Daphne, Burnett, Bruce, & O'Brien, Peter (Eds.) Understanding Education: Contexts and Agendas for the New Millennium. Pearson Prentice Hall, pp. 11-17. **


                  McNamee, S. (2015). Ethics as Discursive Potential. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, (36), 419–433 doi: 10.1002/anzf.1125

                     Video: Relational Engagement


Week 7 - February 15 - Modernist and Postmodernist Narratives

              Hoffman: Ch. 11-12

              Gergen: Ch. 3

               E- Reader:

            Shawver, L. What is postmodernism and what does it have to do with therapy, anyway?: An interview with Lois Shawver.

             Radcliffe, N., & Timimi, S. (2004). The rise and rise of ADHD. CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY-LEICESTER-, 8-13. **

             Brown, F. (2004). Scientific narratives and ADHD. CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY-LEICESTER-, 17-20. **

             Anderson, H. (2012). Collaborative relationships and dialogic conversations: Ideas for a relationally responsive practice. Family Process, 51, 8-24


Week 8 - February 22 - Cultural Constructionism

Week 9- February 29 NO CLASS - Spring break

Week 10- March 7 - The practice of Social Constructionism

Week 11- March 14 - A brief visit from Foucault

          Hoffman: Ch. 13
           Gergen: Ch. 2



              Fillingham, L. (1993). Foucault for beginners. New York: Writers and Readers Publishing, Inc. (Intro and Ch. 1). *

              Madigan, S. (n.d.). Chitter-Chatter: The language of our lives

                       Therapeutic conversations with internalized problem dialogues.  On Reserve in the Alvin Sherman Library *

              White, M. (1997). Narrative therapy and poststructuralism. In White, M., Narratives of therapist’s lives. Adelaide, AU. Dulwich Centre Publications. pp.220-231. **  Call Number  WM 420 W586n 1997 Available in Press HPD Library Reserve Area



Week 12- March 21 - What’s Beyond Postmodernism?

        Gergen: Ch. 7


         Linares, J. (2001). Does history end with postmodernism? Toward an ultramodern family therapy. Family Process, 40(4), 401-412.                    

The following articles are available through NSU’s electronic library—full-text search.

Simply go to full-text journals, access JMFT, and you can select each issue specifically.

Johnson, S. (2001). Family therapy saves the planet: Messianic tendencies in the family systems literature. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 27(1), 3-11.

Sluzki, C. (2001). All those in favor of saving the planet, please raise your hand: A comment about “family therapy saves the planet.” Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 27(1), 13-15.

McGoldrick, J. (2001). Response to “family therapy saves the planet.” Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 27(1), 17-18.

Hardy, K. (2001). Healing the world in fifty-minute intervals: A response to “family therapy saves the planet.” Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 27(1), 19-22.

Johnson, S. (2001). Saving the planet—or ourselves? Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 27(1), 23-25.

Week 13- March 28 - Metaphors of Evidence

            Hoffman: Ch. 14

Greenberg, G. (2011). Inside the battle to mental illness. Wired.


 Larner, G. (2004). Family therapy and the politics of evidence. Journal of Family Therapy, 26: 17-39.

Week 14- April 4 - Sharing what you know about it.

This class will also be devoted for each student to share a brief 20 min. presentation on your final paper, (PPT 5 slides maximum) including the following:

What I have learned from the process of writing this paper?

Main topics about the model of therapy chosen

What did you learn about you as a therapist working from this Model? What attracted you to this therapeutic approach? What clinical aspects would you like to work on improving/refining more? What difficulties you may encounter as a clinician working from this model?

What other thoughts do you have?


Hoffman: Ch. 15

Sparks, J. (2002). Taking a stand: An adolescent girl’s resistance to medication. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 28(1), 27-28

Combrink-Graham, L. (2002). Commentary: Confessions of a prescription writer. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 28(1), 47-50.

Week 15- April 10

                 Clinical cases final presentations


Week 16 - April 17

                  Clinical cases final presentations

Week 17 - April 24

                  No class - Consultation Week


* On Reserve in Alvin Sherman Library, Students will have to check it out from Sherman and make copies or if they are distance they can make a request for those pages through Interlibrary Loan.

** Have to be requested through Interlibrary Loan.  We do have those subscriptions in the library or book is only available in print.