Master Family Therapists in Action

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(2), 110–111. Reviews the book, Family Therapy: Full Length Case Studies edited by Peggy Papp (see record 1979-13813-000). In this book, 13 prominent practitioners of family therapy attempt to explicate something of their craft. Each of the therapists exhibits a very personal outlook and style, ranging from Weakland's and Fisch's paradoxical prescriptions to Whitaker's nearmystical use of transference and countertransference. This volume will provide a useful adjunct to family-therapy courses and training programs. Some therapists (e. g., Whitaker, Alger, Beels) actively enter the life of the family over months or years, and by becoming powerful members of this intimate social system, seek to realign relationships and alter the outcome of major developmental crises. All succeed in vividly conveying the uncertainties, anxieties, exasperations, and deep personal risks, as well as the excitement, intellectual challenge, and profound gratification, that are part of the experience of this intriguing human enterprise. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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