Multi-generational Family Therapy reveals the limits of the medical model in treating mental and relational problems. It instead provides a toolkit for therapists, observing family functioning over at least three generations to explore the developmental history of the family in order to discover links between past trauma and broken emotional bonds, and current problems experienced by family members. Maurizio Andolfi honours the voices of children in therapy and enlists them as the key to unlocking unresolved family issues.
The book provides an experiential model of intervention that centres on creativity and humanity as the best way to build an alliance and work with a family in crisis. Demonstrating with case examples, Andolfi outlines the relational skills and inner self of the therapist, focusing on the ability to be direct, authentic and emphatic. The use of relational questioning, silence, body language, physical contact and movement in therapy are explored in depth.
Multi-generational Family Therapy will be of interest to anyone working with individuals, couples and families including child, adolescent and adult psychotherapists, psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors. It will also prove useful to private practitioners, social workers, doctors, paediatricians and educators
Maurizio Andolfi, MD, is a child psychiatrist and a world-renowned master family therapist. He was Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University la Sapienza, Rome, and co-founder of the European Family Therapy Association, and is currently Director of the Accademia di Psicoterapia della Famiglia Rome. Andolfi is editor of Journal Terapia Familiare and has previously published many books including Please, Help Me with This Family, (Routledge, 1994). In 2016, Andolfi received the Life Achievement award from the American Family Therapy Academy.
Introduction 1. THE ROOTS OF RELATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 2. THE FAMILY LIFE CYCLE AND THE MULTIGENERATIONAL DIMENSION 3. SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION AND NEW FAMILY FORMS 4. FAMILY OBSERVATION METHODS 5. TOWARD AN ASSESSMENT OF FAMILY FUNCTIONING 6. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE THERAPEUTIC STORY 7. THE LANGUAGE OF THE THERAPEUTIC ENCOUNTER 8. BODY LANGUAGE IN FAMILY THERAPY 9. SILENCE AND TOUCH: TWO POWERFUL WAYS TO CONNECT 10. THE HUMAN DIMENSION IN PSYCHOTHERAPY AND RESEARCH