Topical Panel 09 from the Evolution of Psychotherapy 2000 - Couple/Family Therapy
Featuring William Glasser, MD, John Gottman, PhD, Salvador Minuchin, PhD, and Peggy Papp, ACSW.
Moderated by Ruth McClendon, MSW
William Glasser, MD, who received his MD degress in 1953 from Case Western Reserve University was an American psychiatrist. William was awarded an honorary doctorate in human letters by the University of San Francisco. Founder and Director of the Institute for Reality Therapy, he was authoer and editor of ten books on the topics of reality therapy and education. He was also the developer of Choice Theory. His ideas, which focus on personal choice, personal responsibility and personal transformation, are considered controversial by mainstream psychiatrists, who focus instead on classifying psychiatric syndromes as "illnesses", and who often prescribe psychotropic medications to treat mental disorders.
John Gottman, PhD, was one of the Top 10 Most Influential Therapists of the past quarter-century by the Psychotherapy Networker. Dr. Gottman is a professor emeritus in psychology known for his work on marital stability and relationship analysis through scientific direct observations, many of which were published in peer-reviewed literature. He is the author or co-author of over 200 published academic articles and more than 40 books, including the bestselling The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work; What Makes Love Last; The Relationship Cure; Why Marriages Succeed or Fail; and Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child, among many others.
Salvador Minuchin, MD, developed Structural Family Therapy, which addresses problems within a family by charting the relationships between family members, or between subsets of family. He was Director of the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. Although it was minimally staffed when he began, under his tutelage the Clinic grew to become one of the most modeled and respected child guidance facilities in the world. In 1981, Minuchin began his own family therapy center in New York. After his retirement in 1996, the center was renamed the Minuchin Center. Dr. Minuchin is the author of many notable books, including many classics. His latest is Mastering Family Therapy: Journeys of Growth and Transformation. In 2007, a survey of 2,600 practitioners named Minuchin as one of the ten most influential therapists of the past quarter-century.
PEGGY PAPP, A.C.S.W., is a therapist in private practice and Co-Director of the Brief Therapy Project at the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy in New York City. She is recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the American Family Therapy Association and the award for distinguished contribution to Marital Family Therapy from the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy. Her latest book is Couples On the Fault Line.
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