Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Colapinto, Jorge

  • Richard HolmEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1032


Building upon the work of Dr. Salvador Minuchin, Jorge Colapinto has had a unique impact on family systems theory and practice through his application of Structural Family Therapy (SFT) to marginalized families and the larger systems that serve them.


Colapinto received his Licentiate in Psychology from the University of Buenos Aires in 1967. He moved to the United States in 1976 to train and work with Dr. Salvador Minuchin at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. There, he served as an outpatient therapist and a faculty member in the Extern Program in SFT. When Dr. Minuchin moved to New York and founded the Family Studies institute in the mid-1980s, Colapinto joined his consulting team. The team applied SFT concepts and techniques in their work with the foster care system. Between 2000 and 2004, Colapinto consulted with the New York Administration for Children Services on a family-focused approach to permanency and between 2005 and 2008, on the implementation of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Minuchin Center for the FamilyWoodburyUSA

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