Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Problem-Solving Family Therapy

  • David HaleEmail author
  • Dale E. Bertram
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_332

Name of Model

Problem-Solving Family Therapy


Brief strategic; Communication approach; Interactional approach; MRI

Prominent Associated Figures

Problem-solving family therapy began, most notably on the West Coast, as an evolution of the Gregory Bateson Team research project that spawned Communication/Interactional theory and present day family therapy. Jay Haley (1987) is often associated with this approach because he wrote a book with the title Problem-Solving Therapy. Yet, there are many more people associated with the creation of problem-solving therapy: Gregory Bateson, Don D. Jackson, Milton Erickson, John Weakland, Jay Haley, and William Fry. Don Jackson founded the Mental Research Institute (MRI), one of the first free-standing marriage and family therapy training institute in the United States where he and Richard Fisch, John Weakland, and Paul Watzlawick developed the Brief Therapy Center, as part of the MRI, in which problem-solving family therapy was practiced and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LouisianaMonroeUSA
  2. 2.Abilene Christian UniversityAbileneUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Eli Karam
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA