A young man and his family enter a consultation session after the issue was raised of their son “rubbing his eyes”. The issue being that the young man had recently left a psychiatric hospital for attempting to gouge out his own eye. The intense involvement between mother and son is the matrix within which the son’s obsessive compulsive symptomatology has risen. The fathers evident disengagement from mother and son supports and maintains the over involvement between the young man and his mother.
Dr. Minuchin’s supervision of Wai-Yung Lee in her sessions with a family consisting of a father, mother, and two young men. The youngest was born with down-syndrome, and has recently shared his displeasure with the family by smearing feces in the bathroom.. Wai-Yung Lee follows up from their supervision 25 years later to reflect on the transformation of her style as a family therapist based on Minuchin’s supervision.
The Challenging Certainties collection features the only three remaining tapes of the 1982 Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic featuring Carl Whitaker, Virginia Satir, and Dr. Minuchin as they develop their idiosyncratic styles as family therapists. Two of the sessions feature the same family, of a boy who attempted suicide,
seen by Salvador Minuchin the first day and by Carl Whitaker the next day. The third tape is of Virginia Satir’s session with a case of two divorced parents mediating the custody of their son.