Re: re structural family therapy

Greg Bail (
Tue, 9 Jun 1998 21:09:08 -0700

=46red N. wrote:
>John M. Fisher mentioned Harry Procter and the work he has done within
>Family Therapy. I recall some earlier mentions of other "names" in family
>systems therapy but I don't recall the names. Can someone help me out?
>Fred Nickols
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And from a past posting:
>Chris Evans wrote:
>>The traditional people for structural FT are Minuchin and Fishman and they=
>>often criticised within the systemic/FT world for imposing their own const=
>>systems about families, gender, power and boundaries on the families they
>>saw. That's probably a gross oversimplification (aren't these rotten toma=
>>throwing exercises always oversimplifying?!) and I think some of their wor=
>>shows subtle sensitivity to the family members' own constructions of
>>themselves, their relationships and the nature of "family". However, it's
>>a pretty
>>long way from their work to PCP with the PCP emphasis on the first P:
>>Personal. What made you ask here?!
>>Maybe I'm missing the point and someone knows of good published critiques =
>>structural FT from within a PCP perspective.
>Actually, I found an excellent overview of PCP influences on FT (refers to
>=B3constructivism=B2 or =B3Social Constructionism=B2 as =B3one of the major
>influences=B2 on FT in the 1990=B9s) in:
>>Nichols, M. P. and R. C. Schwartz (1995). Family Therapy: Concepts and
>>Methods. Boston, MA, Allyn & Bacon.
>The authors do refer to Minuchin as an =B3intuitive=B2 constructivist, mean=
>his methods suggest underlying use of PCP theories, but a much broader
>scope is presented. From Bertalanffy=B9s General Systems Theory in the
>=8C60=B9s, through the MRI and Milan schools and Feminist critiques, to the
>Solution-focused (deShazer and O=B9hanlon) and Narrative (esp. Michael Whit=
>and the Dulwich Center in Adelaide, Australia) theories currently in vogue,
>this book not only presents an historical overview of the development of
>these theoretical foundations, but it also undertakes a comparative
>analysis of how these theories apply to clinical techniques. I couldn=B9t
>recommend it more highly.

Hoping this helps....

Cheers, Greg

Greg Bail, 2nd yr. MSW Student, UC Berkeley, ICQ#13463795
It seems common sense is not all that common....