Second Thoughts on the Theory and Practice of the Milan Approach to Family Therapy

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INTERVIEWING

In thinking about the aims or purposes of the interview, we are more interested now in addressing the question: 'If the purpose of the interview is family therapy what is the purpose of family therapy for this family in this particular setting?' This might lead to a hypothesis about what relationship a therapist might need to make with a family in that setting, in order to create a therapeutic system. For example, Selvini ( 1988) has a view that in order to do family therapy with anorexics in her setting, everybody must attend or therapy cannot take place. This will differ with different sorts of families or different sorts of agencies where the issues can be more structural or more strategic. In order to create a therapeutic system a therapist will act much differently with a life-threatening illness or a statutory case, for example.

We may sound more eclectic in this book than we did in the original Twenty Questions because we entertain the idea that there are many different ways to approach families in order to bring about change. Rather than selling the Milan Approach, we are more interested in how people respond to feedback in order to connect their own thinking with their own work setting. We try to help people find a way of articulating some understanding, firstly, of

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