Family Therapy as Socially Transformative Practice

Practical Strategies

  • Sally St. George
  • Dan Wulff

Part of the AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy book series (BRIEFSFAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Sally St. George, Dan Wulff
    Pages 9-23
  3. Dan Wulff, Sally St. George
    Pages 25-40
  4. Lynda M. Ashbourne, Kelly Fife, Matthew Ridley, Erica Gaylor
    Pages 41-55
  5. Lynda J. Snyder, Shannon McIntosh, Faye Gosnell
    Pages 57-68
  6. Sally St. George, Dan Wulff, Ron Chenail, Lynda J. Snyder, Lynda M. Ashbourne, Faye Gosnell et al.
    Pages 85-98
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 99-101

About this book


This thorough review of social justice in family therapy guides practitioners to incorporate concepts of equity and fairness in their work. Expanding on the relationships between larger social contexts and individuals’ family functioning, it offers practical strategies for talking with families about power disparities, injustice, and respect, and for empowering clients inside and outside the therapy room. Case studies and discussions with therapists illustrate how family challenges are commonly exacerbated outside the home, and the potential for this understanding to help clients work toward positive change while improving therapists’ professional development. The book’s accessible, solution-focused approach shows small therapeutic steps changing families, communities, and clinical practice for the better.

Included in the coverage:

  • Family therapy + social justice + daily practices = transforming therapy.
  • Researcher as practitioner: practitioner as researcher.
  • Learning to speak social justice talk in family therapy.
  • Supporting the development of novice therapists.
  • Everyday solution-focused recursion: when family therapy faculty, supervisors, researchers, students, and clients play well together.
  • Family therapy stories: stretching customary family therapy practices.

At once down-to-earth and inspiring, Family Therapy as Socially Transformative Practice is a must read for those interested in family therapy and family-centered practices and policies.


Addressing Discrimination in Family Therapy Adjusting Power Imbalances Bringing the Community into Family Therapy Community-minded Family Therapy Family Therapy Innovations in Family Therapy Social Justice Themes in Clinical Supervision Social Justice in Family Therapy Systemic Family Therapy Teaching Family Therapy

Editors and affiliations

  • Sally St. George
    • 1
  • Dan Wulff
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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