Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Aponte, Harry J.

  • Martha LaRiviereEmail author
  • Janet Robertson
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1023


Harry J. Aponte


Harry J. Aponte is a licensed clinical social worker and a marriage and family therapist who is widely respected for his development of the person-of-the-therapist training model (POTT). With POTT, therapists explore their inner selves allowing them to be deliberate as they interact with their clients psychologically, culturally, and spiritually. Aponte used the phrase “wounded healer” to signify the power of the therapist’s experiences (Aponte and Kissil 2014). His career began in the early years of systemic marriage and family therapy, and his current contributions affect training in the field internationally.

Many of Aponte’s interests are derived from his life in the impoverished Harlem and South Bronx sections of New York City. His childhood in his Catholic Puerto Rican family influenced the development of the concept he termed ecostructuralism, which refers to seeing clients in relation to their own family and social environment (Aponte 1976)....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Antioch University New EnglandKeeneUSA

Section editors and affiliations

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