Originally published in 1981, this study is the outcome of a clinical workshop based in the Adolescent Department at the Tavistock Clinic; its members at the time shared a tradition and interest in applying psychoanalytic principles to the understanding of groups and institutions and believed in the crucial relevance of these in work with families. It is written with the general reader in mind as well as those who work specifically in the field of family therapy or psychoanalysis.
The approach is based on two particular developments; that of Object Relations Psychoanalytic practice, derived especially from the work of Freud and Melanie Klein; and the application of this to the understanding of Group Relations following the work of W.R. Bion and others, such as A.K. Rice and Pierre Turquet. It thus embraces the idea of the family as a system and includes attempts to understand the processes involved in such a system. But, unlike other comparable approaches, this one implies working with the group dynamics of the family, especially in terms of the way the family members perceive and engage the therapists. The attempt is to create a space for the family to relive and think about conflicts as they emerge in the therapeutic setting. Analytic theory is matched by much clinical material, and a glossary defines the key concepts.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements. Contributors. Sally Box Introduction: Space for Thinking in Families. 1. Margot Waddell The Family and its Dynamics 2. Susan Zawada An Outline of the History and Current Status of Family Therapy 3. Beta Copley Introducing Families to Family Work 4. Ronald Britton Re-enactment as an Unwitting Professional Response to Family Dynamics 5. Sally Box Working with the Dynamics of the Session 6. Anna Halton and Jeanne Magagna Making Space for Parents 7. Gianna Henry Psychic Pain and Psychic Damage 8. Arthur Hyatt Williams The Micro-Environment 9. Roger Kennedy and Jeanne Magagna The Aftermath of Murder 10. Nonie Insall Use of an Ending to Work with a Family’s Difficulty about Differentiation 11. Sally Box Change in Families: Some Concluding Thoughts. Errica Moustaki Glossary: A Discussion and Application of Terms. Bibliography. Index.