This book provides a clear, easily read and readily understandable introduction to family therapy. With an increased emphasis on collaborative activity between therapist and family, this edition also includes new topics on attachment and its relevance to family therapy; the cognitive-behavioural orientation; and childhood obesity and eating disorders. Basic Family Therapy will be of value to readers new to family therapy and to those in the early stages of training.
It was a pleasure and a privilege to read the sixth edition of this book. It is more difficult, however, to write an adequate introduction, as there are few enthusiastic phrases that have not already been invoked to describe the various editions of Philip Barker’s book that have appeared since the first in 1981.
I would like to be clear that this is an eminently readable book for those who are new to the discipline. Anyone who is not new to the discipline, however, and has seen a previous version will know this; readers and reviewers before me have commented on the skill of the author, who could write a book on the complex and theoretically diverse domain of family therapy that is at once scholarly yet thoroughly accessible. Readers of previous editions will find the update worthwhile and may be reassured to note a familiar ordering to many of the chapters.
Glenda M. MacQueen, MD, FRCPC, PhD. - Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada