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This profile was last updated on 9/8/07  and contains information from public web pages.

Dr. Patricia Minuchin

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American Family Therapy Academy, Inc., 8 Sept 2007 [cached]
Patricia Minuchin, Ph.D.
Pat Minuchin promoted paradigm shifts by way of a "butterfly effect."She stimulated profound changes through subtle, gentle and persistent innovations at just the right time and place.
Pat's 1985 paper, "Families and individual development: Provocations from the field of family therapy," in Child Development , was timed just when developmental psychology was becoming aware of relational effects beyond dyads.Pat's insemination of this field with systems theory stimulated systemic developmental theories and research, some of which will hopefully reverberate back to family systems.
Pat has been influential in bringing developmental considerations into family systems work.Her book, "Working with Families of the Poor," (second edition 2007, J.Colapinto, S.Minuchin co-authors), has been a classic since first published a decade ago.The book beautifully sets forth a developmental systemic approach to moving service systems toward a family orientation, training workers to be systemic, while helping foster care systems in NYC to evolve.
Sal is Pat's husband, and they have a son, Dan, a family therapist/supervisor, and a daughter, Jean, an artist/teacher, and mother to Colleen, their cherished 14 year-old granddaughter.Pat is Professor Emerita at Temple University, Research Professor at NYU and Co-Director, with Sal, of Family Studies, Inc.Pat has left behind university and research to immerse herself in the efforts of people concerned with helping families to function better, and service organizations to become more humane and effective.Although changes at this level are slow and at times irregular, Pat has created a "butterfly effect" that no doubt will continue to enrich systems evolution.
The "butterfly effect" is an apt metaphor for the nature of change that Pat has inspired.It also portrays eloquently the gentleness, subtly and grace with which she engenders change.It is an honor to be her colleague and friend, and to present her with AFTA's "Award for Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy."
Patricia Minuchin, Jorge ..., 1 Dec 2006 [cached]
Patricia Minuchin, Jorge Colapinto, and Salvador Minuchin
Patricia Minuchin, PhD, is codirector of Family Studies, Inc., Professor Emeritus at Temple University, and currently associated with the Minuchin Center for the Family.Dr. Minuchin has taught at Tufts University and served as Senior Research Associate at Bank Street College.A developmental psychologist, trained in clinical psychology, her publications have focused on the growth and functioning of children in the context of the family, the school, and under the conditions created by poverty, foster placements, and family disorganization.
Dr. Holm co-authored a chapter with ..., 19 June 2011 [cached]
Dr. Holm co-authored a chapter with David Greenan and Patricia Minuchin, "Substance Abuse: a Family-Oriented Approach to Diverse Populations" in the book Working with Families of the Poor (2nd ed.).
Patricia Minuchin ..., 10 Mar 2007 [cached]
Patricia Minuchin
Council for Human Rights of Children, 29 Oct 2007 [cached]
Patricia Minuchin, PHD
Family Studies, Inc.
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