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Family Therapy Critique: Article Review

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Perform research on family therapy in the area of marriage therapy, couples counseling or family therapy. Critique one professional article related to family therapy. In your answer, include a summary of the article, an overview of the content, an analysis of the the article's findings and conclusions, and discussions of any problems or concerns you have with the introduction or reported conclusion. Discuss the article's value in terms of whether its suggestions, findings and applications would actually benefit clients and why.

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Dear Student,

Hi and thank you for your patience. In this particular problem, the requirement has been laid out. So, all you need to do is to fulfill it. Sounds difficult, right? As long as you follow instructions, it is manageable. I suggest this outline:

1. Article Particulars
2. Article Summary
3. Overview of the content - this is an extension of the summary, easing the content of the article - its main positions and ideas are discussed. You don't have to cover all, just identify the relevant elements.
4. Opinion on Findings and Conclusions
5. Possible Benefits - find real life applications where possible.

It is not theory based but an exercise of critical thinking. I have shown you below how this can be done. Good luck with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Family Therapy Article Review


â?¢ Title: Family Therapy with Families Facing Catastrophic Illness: Building Internal & External Resources
â?¢ Author: Coffey, Ellen Pulleybank
â?¢ Year: 2005
â?¢ Publisher:
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I have chosen to review this particular article because of my interest in the study of grief counseling. Death is a part of the human experience and, across America, families experience the death of loved ones, sudden and unexpected, or expected and managed (as in the case of voluntary euthanasia). I have also witnessed the effects of death in a family on spouses, on children, among loved ones and within the community. If not managed, it can be devastating to survivors, hence the need for effective family counseling to help those who survive manage their grief and loss and be able to recover to live healthy lives. As such, I find this article apt.


In this particular article, we find the specialization from a professional practice viewpoint and experience, from a personal position of imminent psychologist Dr. Ellen Coffey, the matter of family counseling and interventions in relation to grief; in particular in the challenges facing families who are coping with the devastation of having a family member dealing with and/or having succumbed to terminal illness. Coffey shares that she has lived with this particular challenge, having lived through the terminal illness of her late husband, Ronald, whose suffering was ended via euthanasia. His death has affected her in ways that seeped into her practice, leading her to do particular research on interventions that help families manage and recover from such challenges. In this particular article, she talks about the assumptions and dilemmas of families with members facing terminal illness and the effect the terminal illness and the eventual death of said member has on the survivors. Her study looks into the necessary ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) which is essentially locating and reviewing an article/study related to the topic of family therapy. Summary, study and review of a suggested article is provided, including analysis of its processes and conclusions in terms of applicability and relevance to family therapy/counseling. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.