By Rudi Dallos
An advent to the speculation and perform of systemic kin treatment This priceless introductory identify bargains an assessment of the middle conceptual framework of kin remedy, illustrated all through through full of life examples drawn from medical perform. The booklet has been conscientiously designed as a instructing software and incorporates a set of assets that may be used through person readers or as a part of instructing workshops. This re-creation has been comprehensively up-to-date all through. Key additions and alterations contain: extra at the proof base for the effectiveness of kinfolk remedy a higher specialize in attachment and psychodynamic views a wholly new bankruptcy on evaluate and formula a completely new bankruptcy on integrative perform For counselors, relatives therapists, psychologists, and scholars.
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The seeds for the evolution of systemic and family therapy probably germinated simultaneously but at first relatively independently in a number of different settings. Significantly, though, the emergence of family therapy, its guiding theories and practice, was rooted in research. The failure of psychoanalytic and other psychological treatments for serious conditions, such as schizophrenia, led to funding for research into its causation. In turn this research suggested that communication played a strong role in its aetiology and this led to explorations in therapy with families to provide further research data (Lidz et al.
Weakland (1976: 33) offers the following example of a family with a schizophrenic son: The father and mother insisted for some time that they were in agreement on all matters and that everything was right in their family – except of course, the concern and worries caused by their son’s schizophrenia. At this time he was almost mute, except for mumbling ‘I dunno’ when asked questions. During several months of weekly family interviews, the therapist tried to get the parents to speak up more openly about some matters that were obviously family problems, such as the mother’s heavy drinking.
The emergence of general systems theory as a model and its application to research on human interaction. • Research into the role of communication in the development and maintenance of severe intractable clinical problems such as schizophrenia. • The evolving practice of child and marital guidance which brought parts of families together and started to shift the exclusive emphasis from individual treatments. • The development of group psychotherapies which revealed the powerful therapeutic impact of bringing people together to communicate about their difficulties.
An Introduction to Family Therapy by Rudi Dallos