Family Therapy and Child Psychiatry Training: Issues, Problems and Strategies

  • Charles A. Malone
Part of the The Downstate Series of Research in Psychiatry and Psychology book series (DSRPP, volume 3)


It is very timely to have this symposium on Family Therapy in the Training of Child Psychiatrists. Effective integration of family therapy into child psychiatry training is an extremely challenging task with which many child psychiatric educators have struggled for a number of years. The task has been complicated and made more difficult by the unfortunate conflict and polarization between child psychiatry and family therapy (Brown, 1972; McDermott and Char, 1974; Malone, 1974). In the past, and even currently, dynamically oriented child psychiatrists have opposed or resisted family therapy on the grounds that it interferes with transference and needed confidentiality in child therapy, and that it subjected children to the potentially traumatic effects of being overtly confronted with the covert dangers in their intrafamilial lives. Family therapists, on the other hand, have opposed or rejected dynamic child psychiatry on the grounds that isolated treatment of children ignores the sources of their disturbance in pathological family patterns, in marital discord, and in the parent’s own problems.


Family Therapy Child Psychiatry Family Treatment Child Psychiatrist Therapeutic Change 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles A. Malone
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  1. 1.Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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