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The Craft of Family Therapy


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Prologue. Part 1 1. The Craft of Family Therapy 2. Symptoms: Challenge to the Concept that the Symptom is Located in One Family Member 3. Unwrapping Family Member Identities 4. Deconstructing Family Member Organization: Exploring Subsystems 5: The Therapist's Style 6. Utilizing the Family Therapist's Pouch Part 2 7. Angela and the Way to Ask Questions 8. Olivia and Becoming a Supernanny 9. Sarah Walker: Learning from My Mistakes 10. Roseann Pascale: Too Close for Comfort 11. Helen Reynolds: Six Lessons from Doctor Minuchin 12. Minuchin and the Wilsons 13. Final Thoughts

About the Author

Salvador Minuchin, MD, is a family therapist, author, and teacher. He is the developer of Structural Family Therapy and is considered one of the founders of family therapy. Michael D. Reiter, PhD, LMFT, is Professor of Family Therapy in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. He is the author of two previous books, Therapeutic Interviewing and Case Conceptualization in Family Therapy. Charmaine Borda, PhD, LMFT, LMHC, is the Founder and Director of The Blue Couch, Inc., a private practice in Plantation, Florida.


"This is the best book I've ever read about teaching and learning family therapy. There are other fine books that present theories and illustrate practice, but this wonderful guide is far more useful in directly addressing the process of learning the fine art of family therapy." - Michael P. Nichols, Author of Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods

"Family therapy today is most often taught deductively, with course textbooks surveying an array of practice models. In this valuable casebook, the preeminent family therapist Salvador Minuchin and his coauthors bring readers into the therapy room, demonstrating the effectiveness of the inductive learning approach at the heart of family therapy training since its beginning. Through session transcripts and commentary, they illuminate systemic patterns; show their own ways of working; and, learning from mistakes; explore the self of the therapist. Above all, they highlight ways to activate the family's own healing potential. A masterful contribution and indispensable resource for teachers and students of family therapy!" - Froma Walsh, PhD, Co-Founder & Co-Director, Chicago Center for Family Health; Mose & Sylvia Firestone Professor Emerita, The University of Chicago

"Dr. Salvador Minuchin and his groundbreaking clinical work with families are inseparable from the creation and advancement of our field and, with the publication of The Craft of Family Therapy, his sage guidance will be felt by family therapists for generations to come. He and his team question the traditional divides between 'student' and 'teacher' and between 'client' and 'therapist' in order to help readers weave their evolving sense of self together with a developing cache of clinical skills that enact positive change. By sharing the wisdom of a lifetime, The Craft of Family Therapy is a work 50 years in the making, but well worth the wait!" - Ronald J. Chenail, PhD, Professor of Family Therapy, Nova Southeastern University, Florida

"Minuchin et al. fulfill a need for training materials that include transcripts of therapy sessions that illustrate the concepts presented in the manual. If the volume shared only the transcripts of Minuchin's therapy sessions, family therapy trainees might be daunted by his consummate artistry and skills; however, showing transcripts of his students and their sessions, along with their personal reflections and his supervisory comments, gives this book an effective balance, encourages the aspiring family therapist, and presents an inside view of trainees developing their own personal style and skills as family therapists. It is a rich resource that is recommended for family therapists in training, for experienced family therapists, and for those who are interested in understanding the concepts of family therapy."--Mary Ann Norfleet, Stanford University School of Medicine, PsycCRITIQUES

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