Recalibrating Systems Theory as the Foundation of MFT

“I consider rugged individualism to be an exaggerated pretend posture of a person struggling against emotional fusion. The differentiated person is always aware of others and the relationship system around him.” Murray Bowen, Family Therapy in Clinical Practice My workshop — Systems Theory: Strategies for Inner and Outer Systems Interventions — starts with a review […]

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What Makes It Family Therapy

In the early 1900’s, Freud saw young women in his practice that claimed to have suffered incest. He decided that they were fabricating these stories and treated them for mental illness, and in the process, created a treatment modality that focused on personality and not relationships. When we seek to help a troubled child, too […]

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Improvisation in Therapy

Sitting with a couple, family or individual, listening to their pain, and making a decision about what to say and how to respond.  That is what it all comes down to. The therapeutic encounter is infused with ambiguity, and rich with potential.  The questions that have to be answered hover around what to attend to, […]

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Solution Focused Brief Therapy in Action

I have remarked that this workshop is a dream come true for me, in truth it is so much more than that. For the past several years I have traveled the world teaching and learning the Solution Focused Approach and have published a few books along the way. However, I have done all of this […]

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In-Home Family Therapy: An Overview

In-home therapy is a growing service among mental health program providers across Massachusetts. I will begin the In-Home Family Therapy Symposium by providing a brief description of the importance of in-home work therapy and how it differs from traditional office-based therapy and school-based therapy in working with very high intensive multi-problem youths and their families. I will provide an overview […]

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