Family Therapy / Edition 1

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Overview

This book follows the journey of one highly curious and questing therapist from an instrumental, causal approach to family therapy to a collaborative, communal one.
Because Lynn Hoffman has been in the field for almost forty years and has worked with so many of its influential thinkers, the book is also a history of family therapy's evolution. Her knowledge of family therapy is intimate and deep; her perspective is clear-eyed and often wryly humorous.
Readers will be reminded that, however big and impressive the theories, family therapy is very much a human endeavor. Hoffman revisits the experiences, ideas, and relationships that have informed her journey and presents them both as she perceived them at the time and as she perceives them now looking back. Through this process of reflective conversation, she creates not only a legacy out of the people and situations that acted on her most powerfully but also a countertradition to the strategic approach that influenced her so strongly early in her career.
But this is not just history. Throughout her career Hoffman has been in the forefront of family therapy. She has interacted with and sometimes worked closely with many of family therapy's influential thinkers and actors, including Jay Haley, Virginia Satir, Dick Auerswald, Harry Aponte, Peggy Papp, Olga Silverstein, the Milan team, Peggy Penn, Harry Goolishian, Harlene Anderson, Tom Andersen, and Michael White. The evolution of her thinking has paralleled the major developments in the field. As she braids together continuity and innovation, she finds her own voice—a 'different voice'—and her own style—more open, more inclusive, and less controlling. In the second half of the book Hoffman demonstrates the many possibilities inherent in 'not knowing,' in working with a reflecting team, in looking for the 'presenting edge,' and in grabbing the 'emotional main chance.'

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393703801
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Hoffmanis an award-winning writer, executive chef, photographer, and lecturer on fine wines, beer, and food history. He is a food and wine critic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
1. The Mermaid Tavern 1
2. Outdoor Therapy 17
3. The Year of the Rabbit 37
4. The Ugly Duckling 53
5. Magnificent Obsessions 71
6. A Magic Happening 91
7. The Continental Divide 111
8. The New Paradigm 129
9. The Reflecting Team 149
10. You Tell without Telling 169
11. Sharevision 185
12. Unforeseen Speech 201
13. The Christmas Tree Village 219
14. Knowing of the Third Kind 239
15. From Wisdom to Responsibility 259
References 279
Index 287
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