- Publisher: Guilford Publications
- Format: Paperback | 319 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 28mm | 476g
- Publication date: 12 April 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1609182367
- ISBN 13: 9781609182366
- Sales rank: 145,366
An acclaimed, influential work now available in paper for the first time, this bestselling book applies the concepts of systemic family therapy to the emotional life of congregations. Edwin H. Friedman shows how the same understanding of family process that can aid clergy in their pastoral role also has important ramifications for negotiating congregational dynamics and functioning as an effective leader. Clergy from diverse denominations, as well as family therapists and counselors, have found that this book directly addresses the dilemmas and crises they encounter daily. It is widely used as a text in courses on family systems and pastoral care.
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Edwin H. Friedman, a family therapist and ordained rabbi, was born in New York City and worked for more than 35 years in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, until his death in 1996. Well known in the fields of mental health and pastoral education, Dr. Friedman brought his unique blend of systems thinking and common sense to his highly regarded work as a consultant and leadership trainer with diverse professional and government organizations.
"When [this book] was originally written, learning about the emotional side of congregations was not part of the curriculum in most seminaries. Now it is the gold standard in this area, and Generation to Generation is a text many clergy carry with them each day... Just as the book's title suggests, Friedman's ideas continue to be passed down to today's generation of leaders." - Gary Emanuel and Mickie Crimone, From the Foreword "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
Table of contents
Emanuel, Crimone, Foreword. Introduction. Part I: Family Theory. The Idea of a Family. Understanding Family Process. Part II: The Families within the Congregation. The Marital Bond. Child-focused Families. Body and Soul in Family Process. When the Parent Becomes the Child. A Family Approach to Life-cycle Ceremonies. Part III: The Congregation as a Family System. Family Process and Organizational Life. Leadership and Self in a Congregational Family. Leaving and Entering a Congregational Family. Part IV: The Personal Families of the Clergy. The Immediate Family: Conflict and Traps. The Extended Family: Its Potential for Salvation.