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Michael White's Therapeutic Style (04:53)


Salvador Minuchin discusses White's use of language to affect change in clients without realizing how he subtly influences their self-beliefs and self-perceptions.

Salvador Minuchin's Therapeutic Style (04:32)

Minuchin's ability to listen to a client's cues and respond to invitations to join his or her story inspires White. He says Minuchin is also conscious of politics and local culture; disadvantage in life is contextual.

Questions for Minuchin (02:23)

White is interested in Minuchin's career path and his craftsman work. He appreciates Minuchin's leadership in transparency, self-review, and commitment to live supervision.

Reading between the Lines (04:27)

White discusses using a client's social inter-relational history to uncover "absent but implicit" issues. Minuchin sees clients as changing in relation to White; White is interested in Minuchin's ability to convince clients they are not failures.

Minuchin's Career Path (04:41)

Minuchin sees people visually; White hears their verbal expressions. Minuchin's childhood as an Argentine Jew inspired his commitment to social justice. After immigrating to America, he became a psychoanalyst but switched to family therapy when working with disadvantaged children in Harlem.

Minuchin's Therapy Work (06:38)

Minuchin discusses his earlier practice of moving clients in space. He identifies as a type of narrative therapist, but believes people change within their relationships, rather than in stories. His "social engineering" practice creates contexts for people to heal one another.

White's Therapy Work (05:34)

White discusses helping a client recover from trauma by experiencing herself through her grandmother's eyes. Minuchin discusses White’s skill at making clients feel safe and supported; White does not see himself as central in the therapeutic process.

Evolving Client-Therapist Relationship (06:01)

White grows to like and admire his clients; he has had coffee with former clients he meets randomly. He believes work that seems spontaneous draws upon years of experience and attention to interpersonal skill development.

Evolving Therapy Work (04:29)

Unlike White, Minuchin does not maintain connections with his clients after therapy sessions. He discusses working in proximity and distance, and focusing on client family relationships. White says conversations with each client shape his work.

QA: Tango (01:49)

Minuchin has not danced for years, but sings and uses tango as a metaphor when working with families.

QA: Therapist-Client Relationship (03:19)

White says his clients shape his work and self-identity. Minuchin is moved by people in his personal life, but is fully present when working with clients. He discusses his relationship to his wife of 54 years.

QA: Healing Sources (05:03)

Minuchin argues that the encounter between therapist and client and the client's internal drive toward wholeness are responsible for their improvement. Individuals exist within social contexts. White promises to reflect upon the therapeutic relationship.

QA: Connecting Theory and Practice (05:53)

Minuchin references Mara Selvini Palazzoli's search for the perfect theoretical framework and explains why he prefers not to be labeled a structural family therapist. White believes his work is continuously developing and evolving.

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A Dialogue Between Salvador Minuchin and Michael White

Part of the Series : The Style of the Family Therapist: Whitaker, Satir, and Minuchin
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This program features a dialogue between Salvador Minuchin and Michael White at the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference in 2009, in which Dr. Minuchin compares and contrasts his pattern of work and ideology with Michael White.

Length: 61 minutes

Item#: FMK195743

Copyright date: ©1970

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