• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Brief Family Therapy

Brief family therapy, more commonly known as brief therapy, did not evolve out of an earlier, longer-term family therapy approach; rather, it was one of the originating orientations of the field. Primarily associated with the model developed at the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palo Alto, California, in the 1960s, brief therapy is sometimes used more encompassingly to refer also to Jay Haley’s strategic therapy, Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg’s solution-focused brief family therapy (SFBFT), and the work of the Milan team. This entry concentrates primarily on the contributions of the MRI clinicians, but when relevant, it explores conceptual and practice-based connections to the other brief models.

History

The beginnings of brief therapy can be traced to a research project. Between 1952 and 1962, Gregory ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles