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Family Therapy


By Virginia Satir

Hone your clinical skills by watching one of family therapy's most esteemed personalities in action. In this video, Virginia Satir consults with a family in the aftermath of a teenage brother's assault of his sister.

Upon meeting with this family of six, just at the end of son Sean's yearlong court-ordered therapy after assaulting his younger sister, Satir builds a quick, easy rapport, then works to understand how each family member learns best¡Xwhile normalizing each of their different styles¡Xwith the goal of assessing how they can support one another in their future growth. She then guides Linda and Jack in a dyad exercise in communicating their support of each other, using physical touch to ground them in times of stress, and supports Linda in understanding how her views of Jack can be clouded by her projected feelings toward her father. Nurturing, directive, experiential, and engaged, Satir exhibits a charismatic style that's simultaneously unique and accessible.

By watching this video, you will:
~ Gain an understanding of Satir's unique approach to family therapy.
~ Discover ways to create a safe environment for honest communication.
~ Learn how to assess a family's current and future needs.

DVD (With Instructor's Manual, English subtitles) / / () / 64 minutes

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By Virginia Satir

Watch one of family therapy's most highly regarded pioneers in action! In this video, Virginia Satir firmly but lovingly confronts a large family about their son's longstanding substance abuse.

First, you'll watch Satir in a brief lecture introducing her "universal family map"¡Xher didactic method of understanding the various relational configurations within families. Next, Satir conducts a moving session with a family struggling with the repercussions of 29-year-old son Michael's longstanding drug addiction. You'll observe Satir's natural skill at building authentic rapport with the five members, and you'll get to witness the various creative, experiential methods she employs to shed light on their complex family dynamics. Even through the intensity and resistance that arises during the interview, particularly as mom struggles with her feelings about letting go and moving on, Satir maintains a grounded environment that supports honest cross-communication, staying one step ahead of the family in order to address their most pressing relational issues. Nurturing, directive, and engaged, Satir exhibits a charismatic style that's simultaneously unique and accessible.

By watching this video, you will:
~ Learn the principles of Satir's approach to therapy with blended families.
~ Understand how a systems therapist can conduct guided sessions with parts of the family unit as well as the whole.
~ Identify creative interventions to support cross-communication and connection.

DVD (With Instructor's Manual, English subtitles) / / () / 63 minutes

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By Virginia Satir

Watch one of family therapy's most esteemed pioneers in action! In this engaging video, Virginia Satir helps a blended family of four untangle longstanding parenting and communication issues.

Upon Satir's meeting with this family of four, 16-year-old Tim has fallen into chronic truancy and a sullen attitude. After building an empathic alliance with the whole family, getting the details of the various family dynamics, Satir explores of Jerry and Elaine's relationship¡Xas opposed to pathologizing Tim, the family's "identified patient"¡Xand the family gains a new awareness of the parenting issues influencing Tim's withdrawal. As she gradually uncovers Elaine's need for relief as a key to restoring everyone's connection, you'll get a visceral feeling for the style of work Satir is known for. Nurturing, directive, experiential, and engaged, Satir exhibits a charismatic style that's simultaneously unique and accessible.

By watching this video, you will:
~ Learn the principles of Satir's approach to therapy with blended families. ~ Understand how a systems therapist can conduct guided sessions with parts of the family unit as well as the whole. ~ Identify creative interventions to support cross-communication and connection.

DVD (With Instructor's Manual, English subtitles) / / () / 70 minutes

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By Virginia Satir

You'll be impressed with how deeply Virginia Satir engages Bob, Betty, Aaron, and Robbie in this session, structured to include the family all together as well as in separate dyads. Bob, a recovering alcoholic, holds custody of Aaron (age 4) and Robbie (age 3), his sons from a previous marriage to a woman who abuses them even as he fights for a restraining order. Bob's current wife, Betty, would rather leave the family than risk abuse to her coming child with Bob. Satir reflects on the "undercurrent of fear" the family is enduring, and proceeds with a session designed to uncover each family member's concerns, align their goals, and get them relating in a safe, honest way.

Satir guides Bob and Betty in communicating their "bottom line" needs in deep connection, supports the whole family in regulating physical touch, and assists Bob in setting clear limits with his sons. Nurturing, directive, experiential, and engaged, Satir exhibits a charismatic style that's simultaneously unique and accessible.

By watching this video, you will:
~ Learn the principles of Satir's approach to family assessment
~ Understand how a systems therapist can conduct guided sessions with parts of the family unit as well as the whole.
~ Identify creative interventions to support healthy physical touch

DVD (With Instructor's Manual, English subtitles) / / () / 62 minutes

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By Virginia Satir

You'll wish you had Virginia Satir as your own teacher after witnessing this charismatic pioneer in front of her students. Nancy, Deacon, Sid, and Jana have come for an intimate lecture in which Satir outlines "the essence of therapy," a primer on the four stages of therapeutic change. Addressing coping, going into the unknown, the "status quo," safety, and experimentation with new ways of being, Satir offers her students¡Xand all of us¡Xa delightful presentation complete with examples from her own practice and experiential exercises that illustrate her ideas.

By watching this video, you will:
~ Learn the principles of Satir's approach to transformational therapy, including change, coping, and the unknown
~ Understand the Satir's four stages of therapy, and how to work within them
~ Identify ways to support clients exhibiting various types of resistance

DVD (With Instructor's Manual, English subtitles) / / () / 58 minutes

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With Guy S. Diamond, PhD

Attachment-based family therapy (ABFT) aims to repair interpersonal ruptures and rebuild emotionally protective, secure relationships between family members. With its unique emphasis on the adolescent's developmental need for attachment and autonomy, ABFT aims to facilitate corrective attachment experiences within the therapy session.

Although the model is trauma-focused and process-oriented, it provides a clear structure for this reparative process. In this video, Dr. Guy S. Diamond discusses the core ABFT principles and clinical strategies, the theoretical basis of the approach, and the evidence base that supports it.

In the demonstration, Dr. Diamond works closely with a mother, a father, and their teenage daughter as they cope with the daughter's struggle with depression and her suicide attempt. Dr. Diamond listens attentively to all family members and then encourages the parents to focus on rebuilding an emotionally protective family structure for their daughter.

This DVD features clients portrayed by actors on the basis of a composite of several cases.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2014 / () / 100 minutes

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With James F. Alexander, PhD

In Functional Family Therapy for High-Risk Adolescents, James F. Alexander demonstrates his approach to working with families that have teenage children exhibiting behavior issues and associated emotional disruptions.

Teens with behavior problems are one of the most difficult populations with whom therapists work, as adolescents and their families frequently enter treatment against their will, either under legal order or at strong insistence of authority figures such as school administrators. Family interactions can be hostile, and a sense of hopelessness is not uncommon. Dr. Alexander's approach involves working to increase family motivation to change by disrupting negative attributions they may have about themselves and other family members and replacing these with more positive and adaptive attributions.

In this video, Dr. Alexander works with a mother, father, and their 15-year-old son, who has been exhibiting behavior problems such as drug use and school truancy and who has recently been charged with breaking and entering. The session focuses not only on the son, but also the mother and father, whose relationship has been under significant strain for years due to the mother's own substance use and frequent disappearances from the family.

This DVD features clients portrayed by actors on the basis of a composite of several cases.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2014 / () / 100 minutes

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With Scott Browning, PhD

Stepfamilies and first families have markedly different dynamics and developmental cycles, and clinicians too often approach stepfamily work with insufficient understanding of these differences.

Scott Browning's stepfamily therapy model differs from standard practice in its emphasis on stabilizing each family subsystem before moving on to more integrative work with the whole stepfamily. This model holds that stepfamilies are especially aided by comprehending the systemic dynamics that influence them, and that this understanding mitigates frustration with differences in personality style and leads to recognizing the importance of every family member's role. Specific interventions used by the therapist normalize the experiences of family members, which helps to shift perceptions and clarify intentions.

In this demonstration, Dr. Browning helps a stepfamily to normalize their experience, increase empathy among stepfamily members, identify mistaken beliefs and misperceptions that cause tension, and uncover techniques to avert issues that create impasses.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2013 / () / Approx. 100 minutes

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With Frank M. Dattilio, PhD, ABPP

When applied to families, the cognitive¡Vbehavioral therapeutic approach examines the interactional dynamics of family members and how they contribute to family functioning and dysfunction. In Cognitive¡VBehavioral Family Therapy, Dr. Frank M. Dattilio demonstrates a single-session intervention with a single mother and her three sons, identifying some of the automatic thoughts and schemas that exist among these family members.

This DVD depicts the manner in which a cognitive¡Vbehavioral approach can be addressed within a family structure, with the therapist engaging the family and highlighting issues that involve emotions, beliefs, and behavioral exchange.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2011 / () / Approx. 100 minutes

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With Susan H. McDaniel, PhD

In Family Therapy Over Time, Dr. Susan H. McDaniel demonstrates this approach to working with clients. Family therapy focuses on changing interactions among people so as to alleviate a client family's presenting problem. Although family therapists ideally want to involve as many family members in the therapy as possible, family therapy may be conducted with a single client. Whether working with one client or a family unit, therapists look at the family system, as well as the community, school, or work systems, to determine ways to help clients improve their lives.

In this series of six sessions, Dr. McDaniel works with a mother, father, and one of their daughters, a teenager from the mother's previous marriage. The family presents with what they call a communication breakdown between the daughter and her mother, as well as with conflict over the daughter's sexual activity with her boyfriend.

In the early sessions, Dr. McDaniel gathers information from the family to create a genogram¡Xa diagram that depicts the family genealogical relationships and the history and quality of those relationships. In ongoing sessions, the genogram will help Dr. McDaniel and the family understand how the system of interactions in the immediate family and in past generations may contribute to the issues they are presently working on.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2009 / () / Approx. 300 minutes

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With Howard A. Liddle, EdD, ABPP

In Multidimensional Family Therapy, Dr. Howard A. Liddle demonstrates this integrative, empirically supported approach for working with families of adolescents with behavior and substance abuse problems. Multidimensional family therapy (MDFT) protocols guide therapists in assessing and intervening simultaneously in developmentally critical domains of a teen's and family's life. Emotions, cognitive processes, and behavior are interconnected and are all addressed in MDFT. Adolescent problems such as drug abuse and delinquency are multidimensional in etiology and current manifestation, and therefore attempted remedies and therapist behavior must be multidimensional as well.

As a multisystems model, MDFT clinicians work individually with the adolescent and the parent, with the family as a whole to facilitate new relationships, and with family members in relation to sources of ongoing influence such as school and juvenile justice systems to address current functioning and new solutions for the adolescent.

In this session, Dr. Liddle works with a 15-year-old boy, recently diagnosed with ADHD and depression, who seeks a better relationship with his father. Dr. Liddle meets with the adolescent client and his mother to help them move beyond previous therapy to make changes in their lives.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2008 / () / Approx. 100 minutes

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With Jay Lebow, PhD, ABPP

In Integrative Family Therapy, Jay Lebow, PhD, ABPP, demonstrates his multimodal, evidence-based approach to working with families. This approach views family issues as complex combinations of biology, behavior, cognition, affect, and systemic factors. Anchored in a client-oriented philosophy, Dr. Lebow first delineates client goals and then uses the most appropriate generic evidence-based strategies that can help achieve the goals set by the clients.

In this session, Dr. Lebow works with a family whose 7-year-old son was recently diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder (ADD). Dr. Lebow focuses on helping the family better understand ADD, determining situations associated with stronger exhibition of ADD symptoms, supporting the family in continuing the behavioral treatment program in which they are already participating, and processing their experience with this problem.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2007 / () / Approx. 100 minutes

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With Susan H. McDaniel, PhD

In Family Therapy With Patients Having Physical Health Problems, Dr. Susan H. McDaniel demonstrates her biopsychosocial systems approach to working with clients experiencing health issues. In this form of therapy, the focus is on the role medical illness plays in the client's emotional life and in the client's relationships with family members and with health professionals. In this session, Dr. McDaniel works with a 60-year-old woman with symptoms of depression. She meets with the client, her husband, and her son to help them to deal with her diagnosis.

This program features a client and family members portrayed by actors on the basis of actual case material.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2007 / () / Approx. 100 minutes

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With Sara Honn Qualls, PhD

In Treating Alzheimer's Disease Through Caregiver Family Therapy, Dr. Sara Honn Qualls demonstrates her approach to helping families care for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease. Caregiver Family Therapy (CFT) assists families with recognizing, interpreting, and taking action to address symptoms of growing cognitive impairment while continuing to meet the needs of multiple family members.

In this session, Dr. Qualls works with a young African American woman named Michelle who is married with a family. Her mother, who lives with the client's disabled sister, is becoming less and less able to take care of herself. The night before the session, her mother called 911 to accuse Michelle's sister of abuse. This false accusation is seen as a harbinger of changes that will need to be made in Michelle's sister's living arrangement because of her mother's decline.

In the session, Michelle begins to realize that her caregiving is having a negative impact on her family and marriage. Dr. Qualls helps Michelle to explore restructuring the family and to develop a list of tasks that need to be accomplished to protect the well-being of her mother, sister, and herself and her family.

DVD / 2006 / () / Approx. 100 minutes

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By Monica McGoldrick

Family therapy is well known for understanding the symptoms of the identified patient within the context of the larger family system. Monica McGoldrick has been a pioneering voice in extending the power of family therapy even further, helping us see how one family member's loss has ramifications for others¡Xthrough an extended family network, and even across several generations.

In this realistic simulation of an18-week course of therapy with the Rogers family, we see how the presenting problem¡Xteenage daughter Michelle's rebellious behavior¡Xmasks unresolved loss across three generations of family members. Despite the father's initial resistance to explore the death of the children's mother, McGoldrick links this loss with the family's current struggles, and assists them in the delayed grieving. She shows remarkable fluidity and mastery as she changes her stances based on the family's needs of the given moment, while her commentary provides the viewer with insight about her interventions.

By watching this video program, you'll learn how to:
~ Use genograms to quickly assess patterns of unresolved loss
~ Assign homework that helps families mourn their losses and resolve their grief
~ Evaluate how diverse factors, including ethnic and gender issues, impact family's ability to cope with loss
~ Achieve therapeutic goals by supplementing regular family sessions with an individual or couple sessions

DVD / 2006 / () / 86 minutes

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With James F. Alexander, PhD

In Functional Family Therapy, Dr. James F. Alexander demonstrates his approach to working with families with youth at risk. This approach focuses on the strengthening relationships in the family by opening up communication and reframing negative behaviors by putting them within a positive relational context.

In this session, Dr. Alexander works with two daughters and their mother and stepfather. Initially, he assesses the state of family relations and works with the family to highlight the strengths they exhibit and ways they can work toward understanding and improving their relationships.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2006 / () / Approx. 100 minutes

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By John T. Edwards, Ph.D.

JOHN EDWARDS has spent the last twenty years distilling the intricacies of family systems theory into a user-friendly approach that has enhanced the work of thousands of clinicians and educators in North America.

Now you have a chance to experience first-hand Dr. Edwards' deceptively nonchalant therapeutic style. Utilizing a blend of workshop footage, family sessions, and focused interviews, this video provides an overview of eleven fundamental techniques for effective family work.
~ Segmenting
~ Enactments
~ Positive Reframing
~ Mapping
~ Draw-A-Dream
~ Circle Method
~ Colleague Teamwork
~ New Talk
~ Guardrail
~ Sculpting
~ Alter Ego

DVD / 2006 / () / 60 minutes

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By Carl Whitaker

Learn from groundbreaking family therapist Carl Whitaker as he conducts two riveting and instructive initial interviews with a family seeking treatment for their son's ADHD. You can't help but be awed and inspired as you watch this true master in action.

With a focus on process over progress, a co-created experiential field, and a therapeutic power exchange with the family, Carl Whitaker demonstrates a playfully ruthless brand of family therapy in this two-session video. His own past suicide attempt, "this ADD thing" the son experiences, dad's leveraging his polio for psychological gain, and mom's "conning" people into various states of unconscious compliance all get addressed here, as the renowned family therapist presents a rare live glimpse into the approach that's influenced a generation of subsequent clinicians.

You'll be shocked and delighted throughout this video¡Xit's truly a classic example of groundbreaking therapy from a one-of-a-kind clinician. While every therapist must ultimately develop their own style congruent with their personality, watching a vibrant master like Whitaker can inspire you to find your own voice¡Xand not have it be squelched as you try to adhere to a specific orientation or manualized treatment.

By watching this video, you will:
~ Discover the theoretical underpinnings of Whitaker's pioneering approach.
~ Understand the major characteristics of the therapeutic system with regard to families.
~ Identify the four essential steps of the family therapy process.

DVD (With Instructor's Manual, English subtitles) / / () / 130 minutes

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By Monica McGoldrick

Watch master family therapist Monica McGoldrick, MSW, create a genogram on the spot in this live session with a client struggling to understand why he is distancing from his wife.

This is a rare opportunity to watch the therapist who developed and popularized genograms demonstrate how to actually create and utilize them in a therapy session. In this video, you will see Monica McGoldrick in action as she masterfully conducts an initial interview with a new client, demonstrating the step-by-step process of gathering historical information, creating the genogram, and contextualizing the client's presenting problem within a multigenerational family systems framework.

John is a 39-year-old African-American graphic designer who is having marital problems. Mystified and distressed by his pattern of distancing from his wife who is six months pregnant, he desperately wants to understand why he is pulling away. McGoldrick's focused interest in John's family story gently guides him in a thorough investigation of the social and historical context of his current struggles. With McGoldrick as an ally, John makes fascinating discoveries as he uncovers surprising coincidences, poignant tragedies and inspiring sources of resilience.

Watching McGoldrick engage a client in exploring the connection between his presenting problem and his family-of-origin issues is a treat in and of itself, but a bonus feature of this video is following McGoldrick's step-by-step creation of John's genogram on the spot. It makes for a compelling and highly educational experience.

By watching this video, you will learn how to:
~ Utilize the genogram to place clients' presenting problems in a historical and social context
~ Respond when a client resists exploring family issues
~ Explain to clients why exploring family background is relevant

DVD (With Instructor's Manual, English subtitles) / / () / 113 minutes

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By Hoffman, Lynn

In an intimate conversation with Harlene Anderson, Lynn Hoffman discusses the evolution of the postmodern edge of family therapy. Hoffman has been the historian of many of the theories developed in family therapy and her relationships with the pioneers of these ideas. Particular attention is focused on the early eighties where she describes the differences in the views of the epistemologists (who were contruct-ivists and engineers) and the practitioners of family therapy. She also discusses the dilemma of finding the clinical work of social constructionism disappointing to audiences, questioning if they have preconceived ideas about what it is to be in conversation. This is an informative interview for those who don't yet understand social constructionist ideas.

DVD / / () / 56 minutes

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By Salvador Minuchin

In this fascinating interview with his beloved friend and mentee of over thirty years, Jay Lappin, Salvador Minuchin discusses a wide range of themes, from his early influences to his thoughts on how to best teach new therapists. With candor and humility, he discusses personal and provocative topics such as:
~ the impact of being a Jew in an anti-Semitic country and how he developed a sense of being the "Other;"
~ why psychodynamic therapy isn't enough;
~ pivotal moments and mistakes;
~ the essential elements of therapeutic change;
~ how therapists are too nice and why they need to challenge their clients more;
~ the importance of "daring when you're doubting;" and
~ why he thinks Attachment Theory doesn't make any sense.

This is a great interview to watch with colleagues or to show in a class because it is sure to spark lively debate and to get viewers really thinking about their own beliefs about therapy.

By watching this video you will:
~ Learn the theory, goals, and techniques of Structural Family Therapy.
~ Understand the history of family therapy and how Minuchin developed his approach to working with diverse populations.
~ Identify effective strategies for joining with clients and challenging them to find alternative ways of relating with each other.

DVD (With English subtitles, Instructor's Manual) / / () / 81 minutes

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