chapter  5
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Strategic Family Therapy

WithKaren H. Rosen, Marcie M. Lechtenberg, Sandra M. Stith

Strategic family therapy is an approach that is associated with many different individuals and groups in the fi eld. Although these schools of strategic therapy have many similarities, they also have a number of differences. In this chapter, we focus on two of these schools: the Mental Research Institute (MRI) approach, which was founded on the West Coast by Fisch, Weakland, and Watzlawick in the 1960s, and the Washington School, which was founded by Jay Haley and Cloe Madanes at the Family Therapy Institute on the East Coast in the 1970s. Additionally, we briefl y discuss how the strategic approach has been integrated into several current evidence-based family therapy models.