chapter  3
Introducing families to family work
ByBeta Copley
Pages 13

In initial explorations with clients, knowledge of two different kinds develops. On the one hand one begins to learn something about the family itself, what the problems are and how the mem­ bers relate to one another as the family dynamics unfold. On the other hand, alongside this, one tries to learn about the family's hopes and expectations of the clinic and begins to experience the use that is being made of oneself and what one says and does; in other words there is appraisal from the point of view of the trans­ ference and countertransference. These two strands are of course not necessarily experienced separately from each other in the course of the session.