Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Web of Human Experience in Couple and Family Therapy

  • William P. RussellEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_914

Name of Concept

Web of human experience


Web of constraints


Understanding couples and families from a systemic perspective requires consideration of many factors that exist at various levels of the biopsychosocial system. For example, a middle school girl with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may be impacted by any or all the following factors: the brain chemistry of her condition; thoughts and feelings about herself given the challenges she encounters; patterns of interaction with her parents and teachers; the school’s view of their responsibility to assist her; and familial and societal views concerning gender-normative expectations and school achievement. The web of human experience provides a case-formulating template along with associated bodies of knowledge that support consideration of a full complement of systemic factors (Pinsof et al. 2017).

Theoretical Context of Concept

The web of human experience (the web) was originally conceived as the web of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Douglas C. Breunlin
    • 1
  1. 1.The Family InstituteNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA