Medical Family Therapy and Integrated Care, Second Edition

Pages: 358
Item #: 4317314
ISBN: 978-1-4338-1518-8
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Copyright: 2014
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The field of medical family therapy has grown by leaps and bounds since the authors' bestselling Medical Family Therapy: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Families With Health Problems was published in 1992. In that book, the authors sought to bridge the gap between mental and physical health by introducing a systems-based approach that unites physicians, psychologists, family therapists, social workers, nurses, counselors, and therapists of all theoretical orientations in working with families across a wide range of professional settings.

In this thorough revision and update of their classic text, the authors describe the impact of recent economic and structural changes in health care on the role of the medical family therapist. They describe how medical and mental health providers can learn to speak the same language, whether they collaborate in outpatient therapy, co-location settings, community health centers, or fully-integrated health systems. They also take into account exciting new advances in fertility treatments and genomic medicine, and assess the medical family therapist's role in navigating the unique conflicts that can arise in families dealing with these and similar issues.

Table of Contents


Preface to the First Edition

Preface to the Second Edition


I. Foundations of Medical Family Therapy

  1. An Overview of Medical Family Therapy
  2. Clinical Strategies for Medical Family Therapy
  3. Collaboration With Other Health Professionals
  4. The Shared Emotional Themes of Illness
  5. The Self of the Medical Family Therapist
  6. Community Engagement

II. Medical Family Therapy Across the Life Cycle

  1. Health Behaviors That Harm
  2. Couples and Illness
  3. Pregnancy Loss, Infertility, and Reproductive Technology
  4. Medical Family Therapy With Children
  5. Somatizing Patients and Their Families
  6. The Experience of Genomic Medicine: A New Frontier
  7. Caregiving, End of Life Care, and Loss

III. Conclusion

  1. How Medical Family Therapists Can Contribute to the Transformation of Health Care

Appendix: Profiles of Medical Family Therapists in Practice



About the Authors

Author Bios

Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, is the Dr. Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families & Health, the director of the Institute for the Family in the Department of Psychiatry, associate chair of the Department of Family Medicine, and the director of the Patient- and Family-Centered Care Physician Coaching Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where she has been since beginning her career in 1980. Her career is dedicated to integrating mental/behavioral health into health care.

Dr. McDaniel is the author of numerous journal articles and 13 books, translated into eight languages. She was coeditor of Families, Systems & Health for 12 years, and is now an associate editor of the American Psychologist.

Dr. McDaniel is active in multiple professional organizations; she is on the APA Board of Directors and the Board of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association. She has received many awards, including the American Psychological Foundation/Cummings PSYCHE Prize in 2007, the Donald Bloch MD Award for Outstanding Contributions to Collaborative Care in 2009, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Recognition Award in 2011, and the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for Mentoring in 2012.

William J. Doherty, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota, where he directs the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project and the Citizen Professional Center. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

He has served as president of the National Council on Family Relations and received the Significant Contribution to the Field of Marriage and Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He has authored 10 books for professionals and four books for the lay public.

In addition to collaborative family health care, Dr. Doherty's professional focus is on community engagement to co-create solutions for health and social problems, and new forms of clinical practice with couples on the brink of divorce.

Jeri Hepworth, PhD, is a family therapist, and professor and vice-chair of family medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She has taught family physicians, and primary care, psychiatry, and mental health clinicians for more than 30 years, with a focus on collaboration and team development. After completing the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine fellowship, she is also director of faculty development programs for the School of Medicine, with a special interest in mentoring and leadership development. She is the immediate past-president of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and the chair for the Council for Academic Family Medicine.

Dr. Hepworth's scholarly activity has focused on families and health with expertise in psychosocial issues in medicine, and integrating behavioral health into primary care. Among her publications, she is coauthor of three books: Medical Family Therapy, The Shared Experience of Illness, and Family Oriented Primary Care.

Dr. Hepworth enjoys leading organizational retreats, has consulted nationally and internationally, has held board and leadership positions in multiple professional associations, and serves on advisory boards of five professional journals.

Reviews & Awards

Definitely the go-to book in the field of medical family therapy.
—Doody's Review Service

McDaniel, Doherty, and Hepworth's excellent volume results from the patient diligence of three remarkable scholars and clinicians. One can only hope that this time, 22 years later, their efforts will be appreciated and applied.

Created to cross-reference the valuable insights of psychologists, physicians, family therapists, social workers, nurses, counselors, and therapists, Medical Family Therapy and Integrated Care examines how providers can standardize their terminology for more effective communication, and other practices to greatly improve collaborative efforts at treatment in settings ranging from community health centers to outpatient therapy or integrated health systems…Highly recommended, especially for health care professionals and college library collections.
Midwest Book Review