Family therapists, community, and civic renewal

William J. Doherty, John M. Beaton

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In this article, we review family therapy's history regarding community concerns and broader societal issues; offer a model of levels of therapists' involvement with communities and community systems; and propose that family therapists join the citizen activation movement by becoming catalytic partners with families in communities. We call for a new kind of community practice that is driven less by therapist-defined problems and professional expertise, and more by community-defined problems and families' own expertise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-161
Number of pages13
JournalFamily process
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000


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