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Generation to Generation

Family Process in Church and Synagogue (The Guilford Family Therapy)

By Edwin H. Friedman

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Format: Hardcover, 319 pages
Other Information: black & white illustrations
Published In: United States, 25 December 1985
This groundbreaking volume applies the concepts of systemic family therapy to the emotional life of congregations and their leaders. Challenging many of the conventions of pastoral counseling, Edwin H. Friedman shows how family theory points to a less stressful approach to the full range of the clergy's responsibilities. He also illuminates how congregational dynamics can be a useful model for the study of any family enmeshed in larger systems, and how such systems can themselves be viewed as "families."
Friedman compares the emotional processes at work within individual families to those in church and synagogue, suggesting that clergy can often do more to help families by the way they lead their congregations than they can through specific counseling interventions. Specific topics examined in depth include leadership through self-differentiation, managing separations in families and in congregations, and the influence of previous generations upon life cycle events. The power of the family model is clearly demonstrated in numerous examples drawn from Friedman's own extensive experience as a rabbi and practicing family therapist and from many other rabbis, priests, nuns, and ministers with whom he worked.
Both clergy and lay leaders will find that this book directly addresses the dilemmas and crises they encounter daily, while family therapists and other helping professionals may wish to recommend it to students and clients as a lucid introduction to family processes.

Table of Contents

IntroductionI. Family Theory1. The Idea of a Family2. Understanding Family ProcessII. The Families within the Congregation3. The Marital Bond4. Child-Focused Families5. Body and Soul in Family Process6. When the Parent Becomes the Child7. A Family Approach to Life-Cycle CeremoniesIII. The Congregation as a Family System8. Family Process and Organizational Life9. Leadership and Self in a Congregational Family10. Leaving and Entering a Congregational FamilyIV. The Personal Families of the Clergy11. The Immediate Family: Conflict and Traps12. The Extended Family: Its Potential for Salvation

About the Author

Edwin H. Friedman, until his death in 1996, worked for more than 35 years in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, and was in great demand as a consultant and public speaker throughout the country. A family therapist and ordained rabbi, Dr. Friedman was well known in the fields of mental health and pastoral education for his motivational style and his unique blend of systems thinking, humor, and common sense. He offered acclaimed workshops for mental health practitioners, clergy, business leaders, and others.

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"Friedman understood congregational life as no one else did at the time and possibly as no one else has done since...When this book was originally written, clergy flocked to read it, as well as to attend Friedman's lectures and participate in the training program he established. Just as the book's title suggests, Friedman's ideas continue to be passed down to today's generation of leaders."--from the Foreword to the Paperback Edition by Gary Emanuel, PhD, and Mickie Crimone, MS, APRN "Well written and lively...required reading for pastoral counselors of every persuasion...Any therapist will find here new techniques for bringing about changes and will enlarge his or her conceptual framework of the human dilemma." --Jay Haley

EAN: 9780898620597
ISBN: 0898620597
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Dimensions: 23.42 x 15.9 x 3 centimetres (0.63 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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