Familientherapie in der medizin und die therapeutische persönlichkeit

Translated title of the contribution: Family therapy in medicine and the therapeutic personality

Susan H. McDaniel, William J. Doherty, Jeri Hepworth

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The authors have devised their strategy «family therapy in medicine» to cater specifically to the sector of chronic physical illnesses. The model sets out to overcome the following dissociations: 1. the separation between mind and body, 2. the division between individual and family, 3. the division between individual, family, and institutional medical care venues, 4. the separation between medicine, finances, and controlling, 5. the strict segregation between the hermetically cloistered worlds of clinical health care and the general community. In addition to basic systemic training, medical family therapists require a specific «field competence.» Alongside expert medical knowledge, this involves reflection on the physician's own personal and familial history of illness and health, plus engagement with topics like uncertainty, loss, (own) illness, (own) death, insecurity. Here field-specific self-awareness should lead to a special kind of self-care. Reflection is also required on the relation and power dynamics inherent in the field of medicine. Clarity of role assignment and team work are emphasized as being of central significance for the success of a model for patient-centred medical homes in the sectors general medicine, internal medicine, and paediatrics.

Translated title of the contributionFamily therapy in medicine and the therapeutic personality
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)92-107
Number of pages16
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013


  • Chronic illnesses
  • Family therapy in medicine
  • Medical family therapy
  • Model for patient-centred medical homes
  • Personal and familial history of illness and health
  • Self-awareness and self-care
  • Therapeutic personality


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