Irreverence: A Strategy for Therapists' Survival by Gianfranco Cecchin, Gerry Lane, Wendel A. Ray

By Gianfranco Cecchin, Gerry Lane, Wendel A. Ray

This e-book, a part of the Systemic considering and perform sequence, marks the tip of a collaboration among 3 inventive and hugely revered therapists and writers within the kin remedy box. It keeps the culture of the Milan workforce and later systemic thinkers through reading the way in which a therapist's personal considering can block the method of treatment and bring about feeling caught. Irreverence is an idea that enables therapists to loose themselves from those boundaries.

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The solution to this dilemma suggested by the consultation group was for the man to be temporarily suspended from the group during the investigation and possible trial. If found innocent of the charges, he could return. It appeared to the consultant that over time the therapist had become a true believer in the power of this sexual-molestation group process to cure paedophilic behaviour. This experience challenged the therapist's certainty about the absolute curative value of the group process.

The boy had been hospitalized on and off many times since the age of 12. He had been adopted at birth. His mother had dedicated her entire life to him, whereas the father had always had a cool and critical relationship with him. When the boy reached puberty he began challenging and fight­ ing with his mother constantly. IRREVERENCE IN INSTITUTIONS 43 Between the ages of 11 and 12 he almost doubled in size, which startled the mother. She became so worried about what she ex­ perienced as abnormal physical and attitudinal changes that she began taking him to psychiatrists, most of whom spent time coaching her on behavioural modification strategies and bio­ chemical treatment of the son.

And so on. Slowly a story emerged. Sonya had run awayfromhome a few times when she was younger. At age 16 she disappeared for several weeks to follow a religious cult, and then she came back. When she returned she was different, and was totally secretive about her experiences. The parents felt she had been raped, or that something similarly terrible had happened to her. Shortly after this the mother and father began to interrogate her about her experiences during her disappearance. The more they inter­ 38 IRREVERENCE rogated her the more withdrawn and silent she became, eventu­ ally becoming completely catatonic.

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