Cool Water: The Methodology of Family Therapy
Author Salman Rushdie once claimed that "every story is an act of censorship." He meant that the telling of a story involves purposeful exclusions and inclusions of facts and fiction. The job of a good therapist is to combine stories in an effort to lift the censorship and get to the heart of the matter.
Family Therapy is a child of the larger field of Psychology, applying decades of theory and experimentation. As Family Therapy has grown into a field of its own, family therapists are afforded a wealth of tactics they may employ in their efforts to help families through censorship to the truth of their situation.
The following list of enduring family therapy concepts has been identified by Nichols and Schwartz in Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods,, 4th ed.
(Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon, 1998).