The Therapist Support System
When dealing with the family of a mad young person, a therapist should assume that the members of the family are likely to be more interpersonally skillful than he is. The therapist can increase his chances of success by arranging a setting that gives him an advantage. Ideally the setting should be a one-way-mirror room with a knowledgeable supervisor watching and telephoning in suggestions. The use of videotape allows the interviews to be studied at leisure so that issues can be clarified and strategies planned.
The professional setting of the therapist, particularly his supervisory relationship, is of basic importance. There is a reciprocal relation between the supervisory structure and the family structure. ...