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Family Therapy for the Postmodern Family with Martha Straus

Parenting Skills: NP0027 – Session 3

What are the benefits and drawbacks of working individually with a child in therapy as opposed to working with the family at large? When is it effective to involve parents and other family members in treatment? Explore with Martha Straus the best ways to work with postmodern families in therapy.

After the session, please let us know what you think. If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email

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5 Responses to Family Therapy for the Postmodern Family with Martha Straus

  1. BethParks01 says:

    I would love to know what genogram you use with your families. Thanks, Beth Parks

  2. mgibson says:

    Hurray! Finally a therapy presentation featuring the value of play. I use play in my work with children, teens, and families. In my recently-completed doctoral dissertation I explored the therapeutic value of play in some depth. I firmly believe in the great therapeutic power of play. It was JUST WONDERFUL to hear Martha Strauss share how she uses play. By the way, about using art with families, I would like to mention a book by Helen Landgarden (1987) called Family Art Psychotherapy, in which she presents a family art intervention. I had the privilege of attending one of Dr. Landgarten’s workshops some years ago and was persuaded by her to include art in my work with families.

  3. gabriellalandman says:

    I found Martha so practical and validating. I, too, wanted to know about the genogram. Is it about the child’s immediate family or goes back to the grandparents?

  4. What a visit down the memory lane of my family therapy training and a terrific update to meet new challenges of the post modern family. I was particularly moved by Martha’s approach to”Play”and her description of it as curative and healing. Although I am not currently working with families, it gave me further insight and I could relate to the development of my own grandchildren and some of the challenges my children are facing with them.

  5. Fr.Yuhanon says:

    Fr. Yuhanon /Priest from India/ Counselor.
    For the Indian context, families are from different culture, of different religions, of different caste, clan etc. Discussion is invited for effective therapy in Indian situation

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