Judye Hess and Ross Cohen

Core Focused Family Therapy: Moving from Chaos to Clarity

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The Book

Core Focused Family Therapy is a unique approach to family therapy in that it is particularly appropriate for students and practitioners who favor a humanistic, experiential approach to working with families but lack the guidance to put this kind of approach into practice. The book guides the student or individual therapy practitioner in making the paradigm shift to working with a systemic model by explaining this shift in a clear and specific way that can easily be understood.

The Reviews

The authors have provided a comprehensive and effective clinical approach for working with families. What particularly distinguishes this book from much of the current family therapy literature is the emphasis on the role of the therapist. The authors explore in depth the skills and personal attributes of the therapist that are critical for achieving positive treatment results.
Rodney J Shapiro, PhD
Clinical Professor, UCSF, Director,
Networks Family Counseling Center

Hess and Cohen’s Core Focused Family Therapy is a valuable contribution in understanding individual dynamics in interpersonal relationships. Both conceptually grounded and practically focused, it bridges theoretical orientations and is an immediately useful guide for both novice and experienced family therapists in clinical and training settings. I intend to use it regularly in my supervision and teaching.
Terence Patterson
Professor of Counseling Psychology,
University of San Francisco
Board certified in Couple & Family Therapy (ABPP)
Past President, APA Division of Family Psychology
President, Association of Family Therapists of
Northern California

This practical and clinically based book is written by a master teacher and clinician. Students and practitioners will welcome its systematic and direct approach to understanding and intervening in the sometimes confusing and complex issues faced by families.

The examples are well chosen to elucidate the principal understandings the author has achieved by her studies, teaching, and clinical experience. Highly recommended.
Alan Leveton, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and
University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, California (Retired)
Founder and Past-President, Association of Family Therapists of
Northern California

The Authors

Judye Hess, PhD, received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 1975. She has been part of the core faculty of the Integral Counseling Psychology program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco since 1984 where she teaches Family Dynamics and Therapy, Group Dynamics and has taught Marriage and Couple Counseling for many years. Judye has also taught these classes at many San Francisco Bay Area schools, such as the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, John F. Kennedy University, Cal State University at Hayward, Saybrook Institute, Rosebridge Institute, and currently teaches at Holy Names University.

Ross Cohen, MA, received his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2004. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Portland, Oregon.

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Dimensions 9 × 6 × 0.34 in

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144 pages


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