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Mastering Family Therapy : Journeys of Growth and Transformation

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A master class in family therapy--now updated with an additional ten years' case experience







Few people have had as profound an impact on the theory and practice of family therapy as Salvador Minuchin. As one commentator put it, "Memories of his classic sessions have become the standard against which therapists judge their own best work." This new edition of the classic, Mastering Family Therapy, offers beginners and experienced practitioners alike the opportunity to learn the art and science of family therapy under this pioneering clinician and teacher.



In elegant clinical interplays, Minuchin, his colleagues Wai-Yung Lee and George Simon, and eight advanced students provide answers to such critical questions as:

â What does it take to master the art of family therapy?

â How do I create an effective personal style?

â How can I become an instrument for growth for troubled families?





This updated Second Edition features:

â An overview and critique of new models of treatment in the field, especially evidence-based models of family treatment

â New case material highlighting the impact of societal context on families

â Minuchin's conceptualization of a four-step process of family assessment, including how history can impact current family functioning





A new and thoroughly revised version of the classic text, Mastering Family Therapy, Second Edition is essential reading for all those who practice, study, or teach family therapy.
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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.7 x 22.9mm | 430.92g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2nd Edition
  • 0471757721
  • 9780471757726
  • 404,040

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" Mastering Family Therapy is a bottomless bag of tools ... a pathbreaking contribution. For the beginner, it is a remarkably rich resource. For the experienced therapist, the harvest has never been so abundant. And it is particularly valuable for supervisors, who will learn from the ingenious ways Minuchin finds to resolve clashes and promote growth." -- From the Foreword by Braulio Montalvo Few people have had as profound an impact on the theory and practice of family therapy as Salvador Minuchin. As one commentator lint it, " Memories of his classic sessions have become the standard against which therapists judge their own best work." Now, Mastering Family Therapy offers beginners and experienced practitioners alike the rare opportunity to find out what it is like to learn the art and science of family therapy under this pioneering clinician and teacher. An inspiring, uniquely intimate account of Minuchin' s ideas and methods, this fascinating volume is a veritable " Master Class" in family therapy. In elegant clinical interplays, Minuchin, his colleagues Wai-Yung Lee and George Simon, and nine advanced students provide answers to such critical questions as: What does it take to master the art of family therapy? How do I create an effective personal style? How can I become an instrument for growth for troubled families? In Part I, Minuchin offers his candid assessment of the forms of family therapy that have emerged over the past fifty years, including his own structural approach. He shares his views on what makes a good family therapist and he explains why, if therapists are to become catalysts for change, they must learn to draw on theirpersonal histories, their own sensibilities and sensitivities. Part II takes us behind tim scenes to observe Minuchin in supervisory sessions with his students and the families they are treating. We witness his trademark flair and his dazzling flashes of insight and imagination as he challenges his trainees to overcome roadblocks to personal and professional growth. In one case, he deftly helps a soft-spoken psychologist increase his intensity to match the volatile emotionality of a family in crisis. In another, he teaches an intellectual therapist a crucial lesson: that verbal pyrotechnics are no substitute for courageous use of self. By the end of the book we have experienced nine dramatic journeys in which teacher, student, and families are powerfully transformed. Mastering Family Therapy is must reading for all those who practice, study, or teach family therapy.
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A master class in family therapy--now updated with an additional ten years' case experience

Few people have had as profound an impact on the theory and practice of family therapy as Salvador Minuchin. As one commentator put it, "Memories of his classic sessions have become the standard against which therapists judge their own best work." This new edition of the classic, Mastering Family Therapy, offers beginners and experienced practitioners alike the opportunity to learn the art and science of family therapy under this pioneering clinician and teacher.



In elegant clinical interplays, Minuchin, his colleagues Wai-Yung Lee and George Simon, and eight advanced students provide answers to such critical questions as:

What does it take to master the art of family therapy? How do I create an effective personal style? How can I become an instrument for growth for troubled families?

This updated Second Edition features:

An overview and critique of new models of treatment in the field, especially evidence-based models of family treatment New case material highlighting the impact of societal context on families Minuchin's conceptualization of a four-step process of family assessment, including how history can impact current family functioning

A new and thoroughly revised version of the classic text, Mastering Family Therapy, Second Edition is essential reading for all those who practice, study, or teach family therapy.
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Table of contents

FOREWORD (Braulio Montalvo).
PREFACE (Salvador Minuchin).


FOREWORD vii
Braulio Montalvo


PREFACE ix


Salvador Minuchin


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xiii


PART I


FAMILIES AND FAMILY THERAPY

1 Family Therapy: A Theoretical Dichotomy 3


2 Family Particulars: All Families Are Different 17


3 Family Universals: All Families Are Alike 33


4 Family Therapies: Clinical Practice and Supervision 41


5 Contemporary Trends: Whatever Happened to Family Therapy? 61


6 The Therapeutic Encounter 75


PART II


STORIES OF SUPERVISION 7


Supervision of the Therapeutic Encounter 99


8 The Feminist and the Hierarchical Teacher 107
Margaret Ann Meskill


9 One Head, Many Hats 123
Hannah Levin

10 The Poet and the Drummer 137
Adam Price


11 The Oedipal Son Revisited 159
Gil Tunnell


12 Into the Crucible 177
Israela Meyerstein


13 Men and Dependency: The Treatment of a Same-Sex Couple 195
David E. Greenan


14 The Shit-Painter 215
Wai-Yung Lee


15 Filling the Empty Vessel: Andy Schauer s Story 243
Wai-Yung Lee


EPILOGUE 261
Salvador Minuchin


REFERENCES 267


INDEX 271
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About Wai Yung Lee

SALVADOR MINUCHIN, PHD, is the author of the field's standard text, Families and Family Therapy, as well as numerous other works, including, most recently, Working with Families of the Poor (coauthored with Patricia Minuchin and Jorge Colapinto). He is former director of the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center, director of Family Studies, Inc., and research professor of psychiatry at New York University.
WAI-YUNG LEE, PHD, is the Director of the Hku Family Institute and Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration of The University of Hong Kong. She remains on the faculty of The Minuchin Center and has studied and worked with Salvador Minuchin since 1990.


GEORGE M. SIMON, PHD, is on the faculty of The Minuchin Center. He maintains a private practice dedicated to couples and family therapy in New York and teaches family therapy to the staff at the Children's Village in Dobbs Ferry, New York. He has studied and worked with Salvador Minuchin since 1990.
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