Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Houston Galveston Institute

  • Harlene AndersonEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1001

Often called a think tank and practice innovator, the Houston Galveston Institute was formed in 1977 in Galveston, Texas, and incorporated shortly thereafter as Galveston Family Institute, a nonprofit education and mental health service organization. The Institute was founded by Harlene Anderson, Paul Dell, Harry Goolishian, and George Pulliam as a response to the loss of professional freedom they experienced in the psychiatry department at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, where the family therapy team and training program that was started in the 1950s (MacGregor et al. 1964) had been treated with benign neglect. This neglect provided the family teaching therapy team uncountable opportunities to take risks and experiment with theory and practice. These opportunities in turn gave them space to develop the core values of their practice (the Institute), then and now, for the founders and faculty to always: be lifelong learners, work with challenging clients who...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Taos InstituteChagrin FallsUSA
  2. 2.Houston Galveston InstituteHoustonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Margarita Tarragona
    • 1
  • Bahareh Sahebi
    • 2
  1. 1.PositivaMente & Grupo Campos ElíseosMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA