Family Therapy in Changing Times by Gill Gorell Barnes

By Gill Gorell Barnes

The hot version of this recognized textual content addresses the plurality of kinfolk existence at the present time, and considers the best way the changeable 'theory of relatives' has motivated the ways of these operating with households. The emphasis during this moment variation is on operating in a context of cultural range and during which existence transitions corresponding to marriage, divorce and bereavement, have an effect on the lives of all households, be they multi- or lone-parent, homosexual or heterosexual. this is often an important textual content for therapists and counsellors, either in education and in perform, who paintings with households.

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Well, I think that's very interesting. Do you think they have understood what you have just said? Yeah but ... 25 FAMILY THERAPY IN CHANGING TIMES GGB: Sal: GGB: Eva: GGB: Eva: GGB: Eva: GGB: Eva: Jorge: GGB: Jorge: Sal: Jorge: Sal: [remembering this is similar to something Eva had said earlier] Do you think your mum understood, why don't you ask her? [nervously] You ask her. What do you think about what Sal just said? I think it is a perception that I have had. So you agree with him? Yes, I agree with him.

8 Social constructionist ideas give the therapist more flexibility in creating options deriving from the family's account. The therapist focuses with different members of the family on how the story is constructed, how it came to be constructed that way, and why it is being told in this way in this setting now. Therapist and family may share areas of 'communal' or socially constructed beliefs about how the world works, which they are all party to as men, women, mothers, fathers, children, sisters or brothers, and differences between the commonalties or social constructions are scrutinised.

The father, Jorge, of Argentinean-English descent, fought with his middle son, Sal, who fought with his younger sister, Carlotta. The mother, Eva, a Scandinavian woman, and the older brother, Jaime, held a silent but truculent peace. The father had to travel a lot in his job, which involved spending time in other parts of the world, and when he was at home he wanted a harmonious and united family life, which he felt desperate about failing to achieve. I have edited extracts from the second session with the family to show how the two levels of current pattern - what was going on in the room, and intergenerational legacies affecting the current pattern, relationships and emotions from a previous generation emerged in the course of the work together, creating a dominant discourse around dilemmas of masculinity, power, closeness and exclusion.

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