A new book by alumnus John Butler, Ph.D '81, entitled “The Origins of Family Psychotherapy: The NIHM Family Study Project," complies and comments on the early papers of Murray Bowen, M.D., a pioneer in the development of family systems theory. Bowen conceptualized the family as an emotional unit, a new idea in psychoanalytic theory. From his work, the role of the therapist changed, increasingly focusing on the family.
Today, family therapy has become a well-established treatment modality across many mental health disciplines including clinical social work, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, and counseling. This book tells the story of how family therapy began, based on Bowen's work.
Published by Jason Aronson, Inc., the book will be available April 2013. A pre-order can be placed at a discount using the publisher's form.