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Family Restructuring Therapy


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Acknowledgements Introduction Foreword Part I: Background Introduction to Family Restructuring Therapy 1. The Philosophy and Theory of Family Restructuring Therapy Developmental Advantages and Disadvantages of Shared Parenting Developmental Challenges Associated with Divorce Attachment Between Parent and Child Catalysts for Dysfunction-Just Add Conflict and Stir Advantages of Shared Parenting Disadvantages of Shared Parenting Conclusions Information on Bonding 2. Ethical Issues Knowledge and Skill Base Limitations Multiple/Dual Roles Informed Consent 3. Legal Issues 4. Therapist Characteristics 5. High-Conflict Parents and High-Conflict Children High-Conflict Parents High-Conflict Children Part II: Processes of Family Restructuring Therapy 6. Working with the Parents A. The Retainer Letter B. The First Individual Sessions C. The First Joint Session D. Communication E. Developing a Parenting Plan F. Subsequent Joint Sessions F.1.Problem-Solving F.2. Exceptions to the Schedule F.3. Out- of-Country Travel F.4.Extracurricular Activity Other Information on Subsequent Joint Sessions G. Report Writing G.1. Successful Family G.2. Interim Report - Further Sessions Required G.3. Issues to be Addressed by the Court G.4. Unsuccessful Family Restructuring Therapy 7. Working with the Parents in a Therapeutic Team Approach 8. Working with the Children 9. Working with Families When the Children Have Rejected a Parent 10. Conclusion Appendix: Parenting Plan List of Topics References About the Author Other Books by HCI Press

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STEPHEN CARTER, Ph.D. has worked as a Registered Psychologist since 1992. Dr. Carter works with children, adolescents and adults. Much of his work focuses on therapeutic interventions and assessments of families involved in high conflict separation and divorce. He assists individuals and their families in dealing with serious problems including abuse, anxiety and depression, behavioural disorders, self injurious behaviour, relationship problems and work stress. Dr. Carter has delivered many workshops, presentations and media interviews on topics such as family restructuring therapy, high conflict divorce, assessment, grief and loss, conflict resolution, behavioural disorders, school violence, stress management, ethics, effective workplaces, running a private practice and expert witness testimony. Dr. Carter's work history includes employment as a teacher and a school counsellor prior to entering private practice. Along with working in private practice, Dr. Carter is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. He is a registered psychologist in Alberta, Canada; a member of the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology; and has a Certificate of Professional Qualifications / Interjurisdictional Practice Certificate from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.

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