In this session, Dr. Minuchin works with a couple who has two children, both of whom are in foster care. This case demonstrates ways in which the involvement of multiple systems of care can cause disorganization in a family, if the systems themselves fail to work in sync. In this case, we meet a mother who struggles with drug addiction, which has impacted her ability to care for her children and family.
Here’s the premise: A relationship is an ongoing process of co-creation, for better or for worse. This important videotape takes this essential concept and shows couples how to put it into action – for better.
Working with real couples, Dr. Stuart demonstrates a series of exercises he has developed to help them clarify areas of discord and to acknowledge common ground. By delineating pockets of responsibility and forging a greater understanding of oneself and one’s partner, the process – and the promise – of co-creating begins to unfold.
Emotional impact requires an experiential orientation, which was central to the approach of Milton Erickson. When the goal is emotional impact, a unique, heuristic grammar is needed that is decidedly different from the algorithmic grammar of providing didactic information. To learn science, one needs information. To change mood, perspective, and state, one uses a grammar that is central to the arts. By harnessing the grammar of art, emotional impact can be facilitated for therapy, work and relationships.
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.
In this dramatic recreation of keymoments in the two-year course of therapy with David C., a 31-year-old patient referred by his physician, pioneering therapist James F. Masterson demonstrates -- for the first time -- how to diagnose and treat one of the yet unclassified in the DSM system, this disorder, Masterson clearly shows, too often presents as an intractable case of borderline personality disorder.