Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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Beels, Christian

  • Marjha Toni HuntEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_1063-1


C. Christian Beels


C. Christian Beels has been called a “Hero in Community Psychiatry.” Beels was a pioneer in training professionals on how to work from a collaborative family perspective in public mental health.


Beels earned a B.A from Harvard University in 1953. In 1960, he went on to earn his MD at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Beels entered residency at an AECOM’s teaching facility, Jacobi Hospital. After residency, he began a fellowship at the National Institute for Mental Health and began his work with individuals and families struggling with schizophrenia. Beels later joined the Tremont Crisis Center. He later became the director of both the in-patient and the out-patient services at the Bronx State Psychiatric Center and renamed this program Family Service Bronx State Hospital. In 1980, he received a Master of Science degree in psychiatric epidemiology from Columbia University School of Public Health. In 1981, Beels...

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Key Citations

  1. Beels, C. C. (1989). The invisible village. New Directions for Mental Health Services, 42, 27–40.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Beels, C. C. (2001). A different story: The rise of narrative in psychotherapy. Phoenix: Zeig, Tucker & Theisen.Google Scholar
  3. Beels, C. C. (2009). Some historical conditions of narrative work. Family Process, 48(3), 363–378.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Couple and Family TherapyAlliant International UniversitySacramentoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • David Kearns
    • 1
  • Bahareh Sahebi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA