Rewriting Family Scripts: Improvisation and Systems Change

Rewriting Family Scripts: Improvisation and Systems Change

by John Byng-Hall, Frank S. Pittman, Byng-Hall
     
 

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Families can develop self-destructive routines so predictable that members seem to be following a script each coming in on cue as the plot unfolds. Such scripts can be altered, however, when therapists help clients learn to improvise new patterns of relating. This book presents an innovative approach to doing just that--incorporating into therapy elements of… See more details below

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Families can develop self-destructive routines so predictable that members seem to be following a script each coming in on cue as the plot unfolds. Such scripts can be altered, however, when therapists help clients learn to improvise new patterns of relating. This book presents an innovative approach to doing just that--incorporating into therapy elements of script theory and recent findings in attachment research, including those related to narrative. Developing a new attachment concept, "the secure family base," from which individuals can feel safe enough to explore and improvise new scripts, Byng-Hall shows how insecure relationship patterns can be changed both during and after therapy. Jargon-free and illustrated with detailed clinical case material, this book presents a comprehensive conceptual framework that illuminates the central issues of therapy practice with families, couples, children, and adults.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of Family Psychotherapy

"I strongly recommend this book for advanced clinicians in the field of family therapy. It is practical and readable yet provides a comprehensive theoretical perspective that is well grounded in the literature and thoroughly explained."--Journal of Family Psychotherapy
Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

"Extraordinary....This book should take its place next to Minuchin's Families and Family Therapy on the shelves of all psychiatrists and others who work with children, adolescents, and their families. It is a classic. "--Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Journal of Family Therapy

"This long-awaited book is the culmination of 25 years of practice by one of Great Britain's foremost family therapy practitioners and trainers....It is an eminently practical and accessible book and provides us with a powerful tool with which to explore the complex links among individual, interaction, and system."--Journal of Family Therapy
Youth Today

"Rewriting Family Scripts, extremely human and at times very funny, comes highly recommended."--Youth Today
Booknews
Outlines--largely without jargon--an approach for therapists to help families alter self-destructive routines. Incorporates elements of family therapy, script theory, and recent findings in attachment research into a systemic attachment concept, "The secure family base," from which individuals can feel safe enough to explore and improvise new scripts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572300668
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
01/15/1998
Series:
Guilford Family Therapy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.89(h) x 0.89(d)

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