This book presents original papers from Bowen's NIMH Family Study Project with commentaries concerning the origins and developments of family psychotherapy and the beginnings of a new type of therapeutic relationship. Far from being historical relics, the Family Study Project documents are relevant today in understanding how theory is important in the conduct of therapy, and in the ongoing challenges to think systems with intense family problems.
Jack Butler, PhD, maintains a private practice at Rose Street Mental Health Care in Wichita Falls, TX. He is a licensed clinical social worker, a marriage & family therapist, and a AAMFT clinical member and approved supervisor. He retired as a Colonel from the United States Air Force in 1999. He was the Associate Chief of Clinical Social Work for the Air Force Surgeon General while at Andrews AFB, Maryland. Butler trained at the Georgetown Family Center (now the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family) for five years. He is the recipient of Caskie Research Award from the Bowen Center in 2010 for his work on the Bowen Archives at the NIMH.