Family therapy trainees are inundated with a multitude of family
therapy theories. They also have difficulty shifting from an
individualistic view to one of seeing interactions and systems. How
do therapists hone their own methods with all of these choices? And
how do they learn how to best treat families with all of the focus
being taken away from their clients and redirected instead on
processes? Perhaps most importantly, how can they learn through an
inductive process of exploring what has occurred during the
therapeutic session? Veteran therapist and founder of Structural
Family Therapy, Salvador Minuchin, goes back to basics with his two
co-authors Michael D. Reiter and Charmaine Borda in The Craft of
Family Therapy. In this book they teach readers basic communication
and family therapy skills using some of Dr. Minuchin's most
interesting and illuminating cases. Not only do readers re-learn
basic techniques, such as reframing and joining, but they are
treated to an in-depth commentary on each case, with Dr. Minuchin
emphasizing the techniques he uses that allow him to refocus
attention from the Identified Patient to the family as a whole. The
book ends with three supervision transcripts from Dr. Minuchin's
students, whose commentary illuminates the struggles, fears, and
insecurities that new family therapists face and how they can
overcome them. Each of these chapters ends with a consultation
interview that Dr. Minuchin conducted with each supervisee's case
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• Michael D. Reiter
• Charmaine Borda
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