We are aware that since the publication of Working with the Milan Method in 1983, many people including ourselves have embraced the ideas presented by the Milan team, modified and adapted them to their own settings, and passed these experiences on to others who have done the same. Today there is a large international community of therapists influenced by this approach. As the ideas of the Milan associates have spread, the concepts and techniques inevitably evolve and may seem to lose some of their original meaning as they are reinterpreted many times over-like the children's game of 'Chinese Whispers'.
Differences and distinctions become blurred, and family therapists tend to see more similarities than differences between the Milan approach and other approaches to therapy. What self- respecting family therapist today would not profess to use 'circular questions' during an interview? And this is as it should be. But this situation creates the need for a careful look at distinctive differences, in order to move the field into another cycle of critical examination of family therapy concepts and skills which leads to the birth of new ideas and new techniques.
That is the spirit in which this booklet has been written. We