Synopses & Reviews
Families that return for treatment time and again often have problems that seem unrelated--such as compulsive, addictive, or abusive behaviors--but that are linked by an underlying process of shame. Comparing the shame-bound family system with the respectful family system, Fossum and Mason outline the assumptions underlying their depth approach to family therapy and take the reader step by step through the stages of therapy. Case examples are used to illustrate the process.
"A sensitive book, rich in understanding. . . . As the authors teach us how to fill the emotional void that shame creates--providing a positive therapeutic alternative to the blame-shame game--they also fill a void that has long existed in the field." M. Duncan Stanton, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Division of Family Programs, University of Rochester Medical School
"This book will be helpful to all practitioners of psychological services and to all persons who wish to understand their dilemnas better." --Virginia M. Satir
About the Author
Merle A. Fossum, ACSW, is co-founder of the Family Therapy Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he is director of training. He has been a family therapist for twenty-five years.Marilyn M. Mason, Ph.D., is a family therapist at the Family Therapy Institute in St. Paul. She is also clinical assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School.