ERIC Number: ED333326
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
A Comprehensive Approach to Refractory Mind-Body Disorders: Working at the Family-Community Interface.
Dysfunctional relations between the family and other social systems usually play a part in maintaining refractory problems and chronic patienthood. Therapeutic interventions need to work at this interface, in order to create a collaborative team that will provide sufficient support to the family at risk. This way of working can be easily applied in the highly organized community of the kibbutz, but the same principles have also been applied with urban patients. Members of the extended family, friends, close neighbors, members of the environment, physicians, and community agencies can become important therapeutic allies once it is learned how to coordinate their resources. In applying this approach therapists need to maintain contact with members of the community, and to find ways of involving them with the family, while at the same time taking care to respect family boundaries. This is a complex way of working, especially since the therapist needs to use a wide variety of techniques and apply them to different levels of the system. However, the intensive concentration of efforts during a crisis often enables the family to muster inner resources, eventually dealing with the problems in a more independent way. (A case study of a 17-year-old female suffering from epilepsy is included.) (LLL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Israel; Refractory Disorders
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference for Marriage and Family Therapy (48th, Washington, DC, October 4-7, 1990).