A Rationale for Family Therapy with Military Populations,
BROOKE ARMY MEDICAL CENTER FORT SAM HOUSTON TX
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The purpose of this paper is to provide a series of logically consistent orientating statements, followed by indications and contraindications of family treatment to guide the military treatment to guide the military practitioner through the maze of controversy and conflict the various schools and systems of family psychotherapy engender. The orientating statements serve to restate a general psychotherapeutic rubric to the specific instance of family treatment. Then, indications and contraindications for family treatment are offered to the military psychotherapist to assist in deciding whether family treatment is the treatment of choice. A summary is provided to help resolve the psychodynamic concerns such a synthesis entails. Parenthetically, a solution, not the solution is attempted. Divergent elaborations are expected and necessary to this active area of clinical concern regardless of theoretical or a theoretical bias.