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Carl Whitaker, MD - Therapeutic Three Generation Family Reunion

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Clinical Demonstrations |  Family Therapy |  Psychotherapy
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Pioneers of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 1990
Carl Whitaker, MD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
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Original Program Date:
Dec 14, 1990
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Carl Whitaker (1990) demonstrates consultation and therapy with a therapist who has brought a bilingual family with a mother who experiences anxiety attacks. The maternal grandmother, mother, father, and two children are engaged by Whitaker as he sits on the floor and experiments with different types of play and fantasy.

From conference EP90-WS25-DVD

Educational Objectives:

  1. To describe the role of the therapist as a symbolic "foster parent".
  2. To understand how to construct the family group as the "patient" in need of treatment.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*




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Carl Whitaker, MD, was an American physician and psychotherapy pioneer family therapist. Whitaker is most well-known for acknowledging the role of the entire family in the therapeutic process. He is the founder of experiential family therapy, or the symbolic-experiential approach to therapy. Rather than scapegoating one family member or even a specific family problem, experiential family therapy looks at the entire family system. Several other approaches to family therapy have drawn heavily from Whitaker's theories.