Foundations of Family Therapy: A Conceptual Framework for Systems Change

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Chapter 14 Ecological, Structural, and Strategic Approaches

The Ecological Model

In this chapter, we shall start by examining the group of systems therapists who flourished during the period of the late 1960s, when there was money for community programs and for treating the psychosocial problems of the poor. In 1962, Salvador Minuchin, together with E. H. Auerswald and Charles King, got a research project funded to study and work with families of delinquent boys at Wiltwyck School. Minuchin's project, reported on in Families of the Slums, was more than just another research study. 1 One might say that if the Bateson research project became a magnetic center for talent and ideas on the West Coast in the 1950s, the Wiltwyck project provided a similar climate on the East Coast in the 1960s. Even though Minuchin led the project, the people he recruited represented a diverse and brilliant array of talent. Gathered together were researchers and clinicians like E. H. Auerswald, Richard Rabkin, and Braulio Montalvo, to mention only a few. Most of these people continued to contribute original ideas and to seed new projects long after the Wiltwyck project ended in 1965.

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