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Family Therapy in Clinical Practice 1st Edition

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I highly recommend this rich, insightful, warm, and reflective book, not only to those interested in family therapy but to all who must consider the family nexus in their work with their patients or clients. (Maurice R. Green Journal Of The American Academy Of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry)

A stimulating theoretical exploration of the process of individual development within the family and the subsequent influence of this on society. [I] would recommend it as being of interest to professionals engaged in enabling individuation in various circumstances, from families [and] organizations to the elderly. (James Atkinson The British Journal of Psychiatry)

One of the fathers of family therapy, Murray Bowen is both a pioneer and a chronicler. In publishing his collected papers, he traces the development of his theory from his 1950s research on families of schizophrenics, to his experiment in differentiating himself from his own [professional] family, to his method of working with the family of origin rather than the nuclear family. His book is a historical treasure. (Marianne Riché, Menninger Foundation)

About the Author

Murray Bowen, M.D., and Michael Kerr, M.D., worked together for twenty years. When Bowen passed away in 1990, Kerr took over his position as the Director of the Georgetown Family Center.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc.; 1 edition (December 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568210116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568210117
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a well organized, thoughtful book telling the origins and details of Bowen theory. I particularly like the many cases covered in this book. It appears that they got promising results in helping families with schizophrenic children. There is also a chapter where Dr. Bowen talks about his own efforts at differentiating within his family of origin. It's one thing to talk theory--another to apply it to yourself and then write about it. Fantastic.

There is something very compelling about Bowen's approach, and his insistence on being able to link it with scientific techniques. If you've given up on the more accepted "30 years and a couch" approaches, take a look at Bowen theory.

If you can't find the book here, try the website of the new publisher, "Roman & Littlefield".
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Dr. Bowen begins by exploring the mother/child bond to understand human functioning. Soon fathers are seen as vital to this understanding, then the nuclear and extended family. Multi-generational patterns, cutoffs, sibling positions, and triangles are some of the family issues explored. Bowen shows how this broad family perspective inpacts family therapy, as well as understanding societal emotional process.
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It's rare to find books that are both academically credible and accessible to the layperson. This book is the exception, and the content is truly life changing. It is unfortunate that most of the people who read this book are psychologists or psychiatrists who see it as "just another method" and go back to their simplistic "find the problem and fix it" techniques.
Reading this book has helped me understand myself, my family, my work environment, my social environment, and human culture.
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It's rare to find books that are both academically credible and accessible to the layperson. This book is the exception, and the content is truly life changing. It is unfortunate that most of the people who read this book are psychologists or psychiatrists who see it as "just another method" and go back to their simplistic "find the problem and fix it" techniques.
Reading this book has helped me understand myself, my family, my work environment, my social environment, and human culture.
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The scope of the thinking that went into producing "Family Therapy in Clinical Practice" is phenominal and rare. I have thought this book to be a seminal study of the intricate relationship patterns that existed and repeated with more or less intensity over multiple generations. But more than that, it presents a way of thinking that is very different and ambitious for a layman like myself. It requires looking at relationships, whether in the family or among friends, in the workplace or at school, or in a social setting, in an entirely different way than I had been taught directly or indirectly throughout my life. I found the clear thinking and lack of jargon helpful and refreshing. Dr. Bowen's theories have helped me think through my own relationship systems and given me many clues that helped put systems thinking into practice at critical times -- wishfully, it would have been at all times!
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The beauty of Bowen's theory of family dynamics is it's simplicity. Long before the terms codependent were ever written, Bowen used the terms Fusion and Differentiation to describe the human dance in separating emotion and logic. Bowen's concepts are not only applicable to families but are applicable to organizations and even relations between nation states. I give great credence to many postmodern philosophies that have developed in the field of Marriage and Family therapy, however I do not think that we can ever underestimate the enormous contribution that Murray Bowen gave to us in understanding how individuals develop within the family system!
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Everyone using Bowen Family Systems theory either in their professional practice (therapy) or for exploring one's own family history will love this book. It is not always the easiest but after you read and reread it becomes so clear that what Dr. Bowen was thinking revolutioned family therapy in the 50's. There is a large following of Dr. Bowen's admirers, and of course those who buy the book usually know about the Bowen Center in Georgetown, Washington DC, which is still the hub for those wishing to continue studying Dr. Bowen and his theory. A book to read and a book to have as a forever current reference book.
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This book is gripping. I am reading it as I would a novel--cover to cover. Bowen was the first to look at schizophrenia as a family disease. Then, he applied the family therapy concept to mood disorders as well. The book is well written. It is a compilation of many papers, so the reader finds important concepts are repeated. This helps me to remember those important concepts. This one stays in my library for future reference.
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