Invited Address 02 from the Evolution of Psychotherapy 1990 - Part 1 - The Political Landscape of Family Therapy, featuring Salvador Minuchin, MD.
With discussant Mara Selvini Palazzoli, MD.
Moderated by Stephen Lankton, MSW.
The theoretical concepts of family therapy have evolved since their beginnings in the 1950s. If we look at the political landscape of the '50s, '60s, '70s, and '80s, we see that family therapy parallels the political ethos of the time.
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.
Mara Selvini Palazzoli, MD, received her MD from the UNiversity of Milan in 1941. She was Director of the New Center for Family Therapy in Milan, and also served on a number of editorial boards. The recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Research in Family Therapy award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, she was the author or coauthor of five books, primarily on her approach to understanding and treating families.
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