Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Tomm, Karl

  • Vived GonzalezEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_735


Karl Tomm


Karl Tomm is a Canadian psychiatrist, family therapist, theoretician, and professor.


Karl Tomm completed his M.D. at the University of Alberta in 1963, and in 1969, he started his residency in psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. Dissatisfied with the individualistic and problem-focused medical model, Tomm decided to transfer to McMaster University to finish his residency in pursuit of a more systemic approach to working with families. After completing his residency, Karl Tomm continued at McMaster as a teaching fellow. In 1972, Tomm moved to Calgary and started the Family Therapy Program at the University of Calgary in 1973. Karl Tomm is currently a professor of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine in Alberta, Canada and the director of the Family Therapy Centre (Collins and Tomm 2009).

Contributions to Profession

Since the 1970s, Karl Tomm has written about therapists’ communication with clients, both its...

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  1. Collins, D., & Tomm, K. (2009). Karl Tomm: His changing views on family therapy over 35 years. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy For Couples and Families, 17, 106–117.  https://doi.org/10.1177/1066480709332632.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Tomm, K. (1987). Interventive interviewing: Part I. Strategizing as a fourth guideline for the therapist. Family Process, 26, 2–13.Google Scholar
  3. Tomm, K., & Wright, L. M. (1979). Training in family therapy: Perceptual, conceptual and executive skill. Family Process, 18, 227–250.PubMedCrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International UniversitySacramentoUSA
  2. 2.Alliant International UniversityIrvineUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sean Davis
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  1. 1.California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International UniversitySacramentoUSA