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Uplifting and Encouraging
As a family man and soon counselor-to-be, I am dismayed at the number of books re: the family
that are pathology oriented. If as a student all you ever were some of the mainstream
texts/resources, which are so reductionistic, you would come away with a view of the family
that would have you questioning whether or not the very institution itself is viable for
sustaining the mental health of all of its members.
Not so Virginia Satir's work which is very positive and uplifting. She resists the temptation
to simplistically blame everything on "dysfunction" between the partners in the "marital dyad",
and instead looks at the family as a collection of imperfect individuals who all have a potential
to grow and learn.
I especially like her emphasis on finding the family's strengths and building on those. Anyone
can take a look and come up with "what's wrong." But this does nothing to solve problems and foster
resiliency, which all families need in this decidedly familly-hostile culture.
Whether you are an experienced family therapist, counselor-to-be,or a mental health generalist,
if you work with and have an interest in families, I encourage you to get to know the works of
Virginia Satir. This one perfectly encapsulates her paradigm for working with families in need.