Researching Systemic Therapy History: In Search of a Definition
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Original versionJournal of Family Psychotherapy. 2017, 28 (2), 134-149. 10.1080/08975353.2017.1285656
This article reviews literature describing systemic therapy and it’s basic elements. Today, many different models appear under the same umbrella term, “systemic therapy,” sharing little more than a few features. However, a comprehensive definition is needed to meet political and ethical demands, especially within the field of mental health. Our proposed definition draws on elements from the Batesonian and Milan tradition, as well as the narrative, postmodern,and dialogical developments. Our aim is to help practitioners outside the systemic field to understand what systemic therapy is, and to support “insiders” in better describing the foundations and practices systemic therapy.