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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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MURRAY BOWEN AND BOWENIAN FAMILY THERAPY

Named after its originator, Bowenian family therapy has been a dominant force in the family therapy movement since the 1950s. It is both a theoretical model and a method of treatment. As a practitioner, Bowen was thoroughly trained in Freudian psychoanalysis, but, whereas psychoanalytic theory emphasizes the individual, Bowen became interested in the system of relationships that constitutes the family. Bowen saw the family as an emotional unit. Any change in the emotional functioning of one member of the family is automatically compensated for by changes in the emotional functioning of the others. Interestingly, he seldom met with the entire family, preferring to work with individuals and couples. He encouraged ...

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