Techniques of family therapy

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Basic Books, Jun 1, 1968 - Health & Fitness - 480 pages
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Transcripts of actual therapy sessions accompanied by the therapist's comments reveal the processes and techniques of dealing with the problems and interactions of the family unit

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I ran across this book as I was studying Jay Haley's writings related to Milton Erickson. This is a gem of a book for those interested in and / or practicing family therapy. The five interviews are with major contributors in the field of family therapy from the 50's, 60's and beyond. The format of using a verbatim transcribed family session with therapist and interviewer dialog about the session is great. The interviews included three giants who I knew: Virginia Satir, Don Jackson, and Carl Whitaker. Charles Fulweiler, and the team of Frank Pittman III, Kalman Flomenhaft, and Carol deYoung round out the interviews. Fulweiler's approach is quite interesting and makes a lot of sense in the context of family therapy this book provides. The final team interview stills awaits my attention, so I can only imagine it to be as useful and good reading as the others. Satir and Whitaker were for me the most interesting reading and educational for me. Whitaker, I knew to be a character, but, Wow, great stuff in there.
I've been buying up copies for the class I want to teach on family therapy, probably not a lot out there so,if you're interested buy soon!


A Family of Angels
The Eternal Triangle
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About the author (1968)

Jay founded the Family Therapy Institute in Washington D.C.

Lynn Hoffman is a wise and modest therapist, a keen observer, and an eloquent writer. To borrow one her metaphors, readers will find here the field of family therapy unrolling like a carpet before their feet.

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