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The Family Crucible The Intense Experience of Family TherapyIn The Family Crucible the authors provide a unique approach to family therapy that is almost never considered in our society today Here Augustus Napier and Carl Whitaker have succeeded in writing a serious book that illustrates the different aspects of marriage and family therapy through an emotion packed real life drama In reading the text I felt as if I was the fly-on-the-wall watching as two caring and skillful therapists worked with a seriously dysfunctional family Through the artful skills of listening supporting cajoling and teasing these two therapists motivated a family to embark on a journey that would eventually allow them to help themselves I felt as if the journey was the true crucible A crucible that allowed the family to see the fundamental cause of their problems in a way that also allowed them to find a solution to dealing with the basic problems that continually trouble a majority of todays families The authors approach to helping the Brice family was probably the most instrumental and awakening aspect of the text The technique of using two therapists to help a family through therapy is unique and one in which I have never heard of I thought at first that this may seem as if the therapists were ganging up on the family However as I continued through the book I thought that it was always the family who outnumbered the therapists Also it was interesting that the two-therapist approach allowed one to get close and personal to the issue at hand and the other to stay professional and evaluate the situation from an outsiders point of view In these situations I felt as if the therapist had a therapist that proved to be useful when issues got really elevated and one therapist got pulled too far into the troubled system it which they were trying to explore Thus the two-therapist method allowed me to
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