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Families and Family Therapyby Salvador Minuchin
Synopses & Reviews
No other book in the field today so fully combines vivid clinical examples, specific details of technique, and mature perspectives on both effectively functioning families and those seeking therapy. The views and strategies of a master clinician are presented here in such clear and precise form that readers can proceed directly from the book with comparisons and modifications to suit their own styles and working situations. Dr. Salvador Minuchin presents six chapter-length transcripts of actual family sessions--two devoted to ordinary families who are meeting their problems with relative success; four concerned with families seeking help. Accompanying each transcript is the author's running interpretation of what is taking place, laying particular stress on the therapist's tactics and maneuvers. These lively sessions are interpreted in a brilliant theoretical analysis of why families develop problems and what it takes to set them right. The author constructs a model of an effectively functioning family and defines the boundaries around its different subsystems, whether parental, spouse, or sibling. He discusses ways in which families adapt to stress from within and without, as they seek to survive and grow. Dr. Minuchin describes methods of diagnosing or "mapping" problems of the troubled family and determining appropriate therapeutic goals and strategies. Different situations, such as the extended family, the family with a parental child, and the family in transition through death or divorce, are examined. Finally, the author explores the dynamics of change, examining the variety of restructuring operations that can be employed to challenge a family and to change its basic patterns.
This book published by Harvard University Press, is a landmark textbook that will greatly facilitate the task of the teacher of family therapy and theory.
About the Author
Salvador Minuchin, M.D., is author of Families and Family Therapy and Family Kaleidoscope and coauthor of Psychosomatic Families: Anorexia Nervosa in Context.
Table of Contents
Structural family therapy — A family in formation : the Wagners and Salvador Minuchin — A family model — A Kibbutz family : the Rabins and Mordecai Kaffman — Therapeutic implications of a structural approach — The family in therapy — Forming the therapeutic system — Restructuring the family — A "yes, but" technique : the Smiths and Salvador Minuchin — A "yes, and" technique : the Dodds and Carl A. Whitaker — The initial interview : the Gordens and Braulio Montalvo — A longitudinal view : the Browns and Salvador Minuchin.
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