Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 35–48 | Cite as

Family therapy alone is not enough or the dirty story of Dorian

  • Katrit Ron
  • Rina Rosenberg
  • Tamara Melnick
  • Dani Pesses


When serious malfunctioning of an individual occurs in a secondary system (school, hospital, rehabilitation center, dormitory setting), the tendency often is to focus on the family as both the “cause” of the malfunctioning and the arena of intervention. Many times, family therapy alone is not enough because a parallel destructive constellation has formed around the Identified Patient in the secondary system as well and the symptoms catalyze that system's own maladaptive patterns. Often the IP is caught in the web of rigid pathological patterns of interactions between the two systems. A unique model of conjoined intersystemic intervention for dealing with such resistance to change is presented.


Health Psychology Social Issue Unique Model Family Therapy Rehabilitation Center 
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© Human Sciences Press 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Katrit Ron
    • 1
  • Rina Rosenberg
    • 2
    • 3
  • Tamara Melnick
    • 4
  • Dani Pesses
    • 4
  1. 1.Hebrew University and Psychological Municipal ServiceJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyHebrew UniversityIsrael
  3. 3.Psychological Municipal ServiceJerusalem
  4. 4.Psychological Municipal ServiceJerusalem

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