An Introduction to Family Therapy: Systemic Theory and Practice

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1 The first phase –
1950s to mid-1970s

Cultural landscape
Appropriately for a psychotherapy based on the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, there were a range of developments in psychology, communications, psychotherapy and elsewhere which prompted the development of systemic theory and therapy, and no one person or event can be credited as its author. Some of these developments were as follows:
Dissatisfactions with the effectiveness of psychoanalytic and other individual therapies, especially in relation to severe clinical problems such as schizophrenia.
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.
Indications that psychoanalytic approaches could even lead to an escalation of the problems. Jackson (1957), for example, described how working in a psychoanalytic way with a woman on her own resulted in the deterioration and eventual suicide of her husband, leaving the woman in a considerably more distressed state than at the start of therapy.

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Table of contents

  • An Introduction to Family Therapy - Systemic Theory and Practice iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Figures xi
  • Notes on the Authors xii
  • Preface xiii
  • Foreword xvi
  • Acknowledgements xix
  • Dedication and Acknowledgements xx
  • Introduction 1
  • 1: The First Phase – 1950s to Mid-1970s 17
  • 2: The Second Phase – Mid-1970s to Mid-1980s 63
  • 3: The Third Phase – Mid-1980s to 2000 91
  • 4: Ideas That Keep Knocking on the Door 125
  • 5: Systemic Formulation 151
  • 6: Current Practice Development 2000–2005 - Conversations Across the Boundaries of Models 172
  • 7: Research and Evaluation 198
  • 8: Reflections and Critique 2005 231
  • Postscripts 240
  • Topic Reading Lists 256
  • Formats for Exploration 290
  • Glossary of Terms 305
  • British Texts 310
  • References 315
  • Index 327
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