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- PublicationOne Perspective on Karl Tomm's Current Approach to Systemic Practice(Family Therapy Association of Ireland, 1997)Karl Tomm occupies a pivotal position in the evolution of systemic family therapy. He played an important role in bringing the work of the original Milan systemic family therapy team to the attention of family therapists in North America, the UK and Ireland (Tomm, 1984a, 1984b). He then went on to extend and elaborate their w ork and also to integrate work from the narrative therapy tradition into systemic family therapy. The account of some aspects of his work presented in this chapter are based on a presentation he made over two days at the Mater Hospital in Dublin in April 1 997. The presentation and this account of Karl Tomm’s work clusters around four central themes.
- PublicationJay Haley's Invited address to the World Congress on Behaviour Therapy, Washington DC, 1983(Family Therapy Association of Ireland, 1984)"Changes to a more sensible therapy" was the title of the paper Jay Haley presented to the 1983 World Congress on Behaviour Therapy. Haley began by pointing out that the idea of training mental health professionals to talk to patients, to change the patients' behaviour is relatively new. While the notion of healing by talking has been known to religious groups since early in our history, only recently has the phenomenon been subject to secular scrutiny.
- PublicationFathers in family therapy: Lessons from research(Family Therapy Association of Ireland, 1998)Treatment outcome research has shown that for 2/3 to 3/4 of cases family therapy is an effective intervention f or child focused problems (Shadish et al, 1993; Pinsof & Wynne, 1995; Carr, 1997). One factor that has consistently been shown to enhance the effectiveness of family therapy is father involvement. Where fathers do not attend at least some therapy sessions , it is more likely that the family will drop out of treatment or that therapy will not lead to problem resolution (Gurman & Kniskern, 1978; Frielander et al, 1994; Bischoff & Sprenkle, 1993). An important question arising from this finding is how best t o engage fathers in family therapy and how to create opportunities within therapy for fathers to contribute to resolving presenting problems (Berg & Rosenblum, 1977; Hecker, 1991). In this paper the implications for clinical practice of research on the rol e of fathers in families and family therapy will be explored.
- PublicationTherapeutic dilemmas and crisis phonecalls in family therapy: Guidelines for positive practice(Family Therapy Association of Ireland, 1996)When clients believe that they have not got the personal resources to cope with the demands of either living with their problems or taking steps towards their resolution, stating their therapuetic dilemma may precipitate a therapeutic crisis. A therapeutic dilemma is a concise statement of the disadvantages and difficulties associated with leaving the presenting problem unresolved and the disadvantages and risks entailed by solving the problem. In this paper, a framework for conceptualizing therapeutic crises and guidelines for theri management are described. These guidelines allow the therapist to avoid becoming involved in problem maintenance and to retain a position from whcih to promote problem resolution. The framework and guidelines evolved within the context of a brief integrative approach to consultation with families who require help with child-focused psychosocial difficulties.