The Communication Theory Based Family and Brief Therapy developed by the Palo Alto Group pioneered specific techniques for quickly comprehending relationship and contextual commands and constraints inherent in how people communication about the problem they are experiencing. This demonstration will reveal how a therapist uses listening and joining skills to identify and use messages implied about the relationship nexus of which the problem is a part to join and engender constructive change.
Fundamental concepts central to present-day effective systemic therapy will be described in this presentation. The connection between present day systemic therapies and research conducted during the 1950s and 1960s by the Palo Alto Group and the Mental Research Institute (MRI) will be described. Featured will be the contributions of Palo Alto Group members Gregory Bateson, Don Jackson, MD, John Weakland, Jay Haley, and William Fry. Seven specific, learnable concepts and techniques will be taught that make treatment more effective and efficient.
Conceptually simple, MRI Brief Therapy takes seriously the idea that it is not so much problems in living that bring people into therapy, but ineffective efforts being made to resolve those difficulties that inadvertently exacerbate and perpetuate the problem into irresolvable vicious cycles. Effective brief therapy facilitates clients to Interrupt efforts being made to resolve the problem that inadvertently perpetuate the problem, and in doing so the problem often dissipates on its own.