Dr. Jeff Chang 

   psychologist   professor  supervisor  speaker   consultant  author


Basic Family Therapy, 6th edition

I worked with the late Dr. Phillip Barker to revise his classic family therapy text, first published in 1981. New developments covered in this book include:

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • The Gottman approach to couples therapy
  • Mindfulness and psychotherapy
  • The common factors approach to psychotherapy and to family therapy
  • The increased emphasis on empirically supported treatments
  • High-conflict post-divorce parenting

Basic Family Therapy (6th edition) is a pragmatic integration of classic family therapy approaches with up-to-date developments in psychotherapy in general and family therapy in particular. This book will be of value to readers new to family therapy and to those in the early stages of training. Click on the image for ordering information.

Creative Interventions with Children: A Transtheoretical Approach

I brought together authors from across the world and across the theoretical spectrum to develop a collection of intervention techniques. After an introductory section providing foundational principles for working with children and their families, the book examines:

  • Creative Expressions: Art in Children’s Therapy
  • Changing Experience, Thought, and Action
  • The Healing Power of Play
  • Best Friends: Animal Assisted Techniques
  • Therapeutic Games
  • Peer Power: Groups

If you work with preteen children, you will find this a valuable resource, full of ideas to aid your practice. Click on the image for Kindle ordering information. Click to order a hard copy.

Articles and Chapters

Most of these are downloadable by clicking on the reference. If the PDF does not download, please contact me.

Peer-reviewed articles (chronological)

Chang, J., Sesma, M., Cheang, K. M., McIntosh, S., & Tomm, K. (2020). The IPscope: Applications to couple and family therapy supervision. Journal of Family Psychotherapy. https://doi:10.1080/08975353.2020.1809916 

Chang, J., Mudry, T., & Hiseler, L. E. (2020). Clinical practice and clinical supervision: Building a firm foundation. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 54, 595–616. https://doi.org/10.47634/cjcp.v54i4.70677

Plosker, R., & Chang, J. (2014). A solution focused therapy group designed for caregivers of stroke survivors. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 33(2), 35-49.

Nuttgens, S., & Chang, J. (2013). Moral distress in counselor supervision: A call for research. Counselor Education and Supervision, 52(4), 284-296. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6978.2013.00043.x


Chang, J., Combs, G., Dolan, Y., Freedman, J., Mitchell, T., & Trepper, T. (2013). From  Ericksonian roots to postmodern futures. Part II: Shaping the future. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 32(2), 35–45.

Chang. J., & Nylund, D. K. (2013). Narrative and solution-focused therapies: A twenty-year retrospective. Journal of Systemic Therapies32(2), 72–88


Chang, J. (2013). A contextual-functional meta-framework for counselling supervision. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 35(2), 71-87. doi: 10.1007/s10447-0129168-2


Chang, J., Combs, G., Dolan, Y., Freedman, J., Mitchell, T., & Trepper, T. (2012). From  Ericksonian roots to postmodern futures: A conversation -- Part I: finding postmodernism. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 31(4), 63–76. doi: 10.1521/jsyt.2012.31.4.63.

Chang, J. (2011). An interpretative account of counsellor development. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 45(4), 406–428.


Chang, J. (2010). The reflecting team: A training method for family counselors. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 18(1), 36-44.


Chang, J. (2010). Hermeneutic inquiry: A research approach for postmodern therapists. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 29(1), 19-32.


Chang, J. (1999). Collaborative therapies with young children and their families: Developmental, pragmatic, and procedural issues. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 18(2), 44-64.


Osenton, T., & Chang, J. (1999). Solution-oriented classroom management: Proactive use of a therapeutic technique. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 18(2), 65-76.


Chang, J. (1991). Using relaxation training in child and youth care settings. Child and Youth Care Forum, 20 (3), 157-171.


Chang, J., & Hiebert, B. (1989). Relaxation procedures with children: A review. Medical Psychotherapy, 2, 163-176.


Book chapters, reviews, and interviews

Chang, J. (2020). Developing capacity in clinical supervision: A call to action. CAP Monitor, 63, 25-28.

Chang, J. (2020). High-conflict divorce: How solution-focused ideas can help. In D. Yusef (Ed.), Solution focused practice with children and young people. Routledge.


Chang, J., & Braun, D. (2020). Solution-focused principles in psychoeducational assessment: Panning for gold. In D. Yusef (Ed.), Solution focused practice with children and young people. Routledge.

Chang. J. & Freeman-Cruz, A. (in press). Couple and family therapy: Steps to responsible caring for practitioners, supervisors, and educators. In C. Sinclair, S. Bisson, & I. Djuraskovic (Eds.). Ethics at the frontline: Counselling psychologists’ lived experiences. University of Calgary Press.


Chang. J. & Vath, N. (in press). Being part of the solution, not part of the problem: High conflict divorce, family “justice” and responsibility to society. In C. Sinclair, S. Bisson, & I. Djuraskovic (Eds.). Ethics at the frontline: Counselling psychologists’ lived experiences.University of Calgary Press.

Chang, J. (2019). Introduction to “Becoming solution-focused forced in brief therapy: Remembering something important we already knew”. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 38, 79.

Chang, J. (2019). Culture-infused program development: Inviting community competencies. In S. Collins (Ed.) Embracing cultural responsivity and social justice: Re-shaping professional identity in counselling psychology. Counselling Concepts.

Chang, J., McKinnon, H., Reavie, M., & Skelton, S. (2016). Supervision of school counsellors: An evolving practice. In B. Shepard & B. Robinson (Eds.)., Handbook of counselling supervision. Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Chang, J. (2015). Book review [Brief coaching with children and young people]. Journal of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, 1(2), 103-106.

Chang, J. (2015). Competence in marriage and family therapy for Alberta psychologists. Psymposium, 25(3), 20-21.

Chang, J. (2013). On being solution-focused in adversarial places: Supervising parenting evaluations for family court. In F. N. Thomas, Solution-focused supervision: A resource-oriented approach to developing clinical expertise (pp. 187-196).Springer Science+Business.

Chang, J., & Gaete, J. (2013). IP-supervision as relationally responsive practice. In K. Tomm, D. Wulff, S. St. George, & T. Strong (Eds.), Patterns in interpersonal interactions: Inviting relational understandings for therapeutic change (pp. 187-209). Routledge.


Strong, T., Mudry, T., & Chang, J. (2013). The life history of a PIP: Snapshots in time. In K. Tomm, D. Wulff, S. St George, & T. Strong (Eds.), Patterns in interpersonal interactions: Inviting relational understandings for therapeutic change (pp. 82-102). Routledge.

Chang, J. (2012). Integrating approaches: Purposes, principles, and possibilities. RATKES: Journal of the Finnish Association for Solution- and Resource-Oriented Methods, 4(4), 29-33

Mitchell, T., & Chang, J. (2012). You can’t have ADHD – You’re just like me. In J. J. W. Andrews & P. Istvanffy (Eds.), Exceptional life journeys: Personal stories about childhood disorder. Elsevier.

Chang, J. (2011). Book review [Mastering competencies in family therapy: A practical approach to theory and clinical case documentation]. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 37, 503–504.


Chang, J. (1998). Children's stories, children's solutions: Social constructionist therapy for children and their families. In M.F. Hoyt (Ed.), Handbook of constructive therapies. Jossey Bass.


Chang, J., & Phillips, M. (1993). Michael White and Steve de Shazer: New directions in family therapy. In S. Gilligan & R. Price (Eds.), Therapeutic conversations. Norton.

Psychologists' Association of Alberta's "Psymposium" Supervision Columns

I am the supervision columnist for the Psychologists' Association of Alberta's "Psymposium" newsletter. Click here to access.

Editorial work

School Counselling

I am the Editor of the Canadian School Counselling Review, Canada's only peer-reviewed school counselling journal.

Galvanizing Family Therapy: Reclaiming and Revitalizing Collaborative Practices (edited in collaboration with Dr. Ines Sametband and Dr. Joaquin Gaete Silva, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Santiago, Chile:


Sametband, I., Gaete Silva, J., & Chang, J. (2017). Galvanizing Family Therapy: Reclaiming And revitalizing collaborative practices --Introduction to the special section. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 36(3), 16–19. https://doi.org/10.1521/jsyt.2017.36.3.16.

DeFehr, J. (2017). Navigating psychiatric truth claims in collaborative practice: A proposal for radical critical mental health awareness. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 36(3), 27–38. https://doi.org/10.1521/jsyt.2017.36.3.27.

Doyle, E. M. (2017). Proposing an ethic of responsiveness. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 36(3), 39–51. https://doi.org/10.1521/jsyt.2017.36.3.39.

Gosnell, F., McKergow, M., Moore, B., Mudry, T., & Tomm, K. (2017). A Galveston Declaration. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 36(3), 20–26. https://doi.org/10.1521/jsyt.2017.36.3.20.

Counselling Interventions in Divorce: Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy (2016)

(in collaboration with Dr. Cheryl Kier, Centre for Social Sciences, Athabasca University):

Amundson, J. K., & Lux, G. M. (2016). Risk management in high-conflict divorce/parenting referrals: It’s how you walk through the fire. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 50(3S), S10-S22.

Chafe, D. (2016). Play therapy: Concepts and techniques for working with divorce. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 50(3S), 

Chang, J. (2016). Postdivorce counselling and dispute resolution: Services, ethics, and competencies. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 50(3S), S23–S42.

Luft, T. M. (2016). The use of EMDR therapy for couples considering divorce: Theory and practice. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 50(3S), S43–S61.