Monday, 10 January 2011

Existential Pioneers. 9. Salvador Minuchin. 90th-birthday seminar: Family Kaleidoscope. Inner Circle Seminar 168 (16 October 2011)


Salvador Minuchin 2011

Existential Pioneers

9. Salvador Minuchin
90th-Birthday Seminar
Family Kaleidoscope

Anthony Stadlen
Inner Circle Seminar No. 168
Sunday 16 October 2011
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Salvador Minuchin was born 90 years ago, on 13 October 1921. He is one of the most respected practitioners and teachers of family research and family therapy. He is author or co-author of the books Families of the Slums (1967), Families and Family Therapy (1974), Family Therapy Techniques (1981), Family Kaleidoscope (1984), and Mastering Family Therapy (1996). Minuchin writes of the family as an ‘organism’, of ‘family pathology’, and of ‘pathologically enmeshed’ families. But his use of these terms is existential: metaphorical, not pseudo-medical. His practice with, and thinking on, families is highly original, and existential to the core. In today’s seminar we shall study some of his writings and watch his work with families in the films Inviting the Family Dance and Beyond Technique. (Unfortunately, although he is still teaching, his health does not permit him to fly from Florida to conduct the seminar himself.) Your contribution to the discussion will be welcome.

Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ (
Cost: Psychotherapy and family therapy trainees £50, others £135, some bursaries; mineral water and liquorice allsorts included; payable in advance; no refunds unless seminar cancelled
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail:
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The Inner Circle Seminars were founded by Anthony Stadlen in 1996 as an ethical, existential, phenomenological search for truth in psychotherapy. They have been kindly described by Thomas Szasz as ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. But they are independent of all institutes, schools and colleges.

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