Considerations on Research in Family Therapy: An Interview with Rudolf Moos

Professor Rudolf Moos was Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University from 1972, and throughout his career has been a prolific researcher in a number of domains, most recently drug and alcohol abuse and recovery. He is now Emeritus. At the time of this interview in 1985, he was best known for the Family Environment Scale, an instrument providing a rich psycho-sociocultural measure of family functioning.

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Martin, G., 1986. Considerations On Research in Family Therapy: An Interview with Rudolf Moos. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, Vol 7, No. 2.

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Therapeutic Alliance: A View Constructed by a Family Therapy Team

This paper discusses whether family therapeutic alliance can be observed, described and measured, and gives an account of the development of the Family Therapeutic Alliance Scale (FTAS) by a brief strategic family therapy team. Our focus is on the use of statistical technique as a means of clarifying the team’s construct of therapeutic alliance, informing the team process without being the final arbiter in development of the scale.

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Martin, G. & Allison, S., 1993. Family Therapeutic Alliance: a view constructed by a family therapy team. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 14, 4:205-214.

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Continuing medical education in marital and family therapy: a survey of South Australian psychiatrists

The ‘common wisdom’ (i.e. in the gutter press) about psychiatry seems to suggest that psychiatrists diagnose (based on systems like ICD and DSM), and then reach for the prescription pad. This may be a peculiarly American view. In online psychiatry groups elsewhere around the world, there are lively discussions about  how to do various forms of psychotherapy and whether psychoanalytic thinking retains its currency. This 1995 paper seems to suggest that a percentage of psychiatrists had skills in marital and family therapies, and were actively seeking continuing medical education in these fields. Perhaps it is time for a follow-up survey. I wonder whether we would be find anything different?

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Allison, S., Powrie, R., Pearce, C. & Martin, G., 1995.  Continuing Medical Education in Marital and Family Therapy.  Australian and New Zealand Journal Of Psychiatry, 29:4, 638-644.

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Metaphor: Complete or Incomplete

This 1984 paper from the Australian Journal of Family Therapy (now the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy) reflects the early struggles of learning the trade of family therapy. As therapists, we use metaphor in all sorts of forms, both overtly and subtly. A theoretical introduction is followed by clinical example – some of it (in retrospect) a bit fumbling and inexact. But then you have to start somewhere…

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Martin, G., 1984. Metaphor: Complete or Incomplete.  Australian Journal of Family Therapy, Vol. 5 No. 2.
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