Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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Braverman, Lois

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_1042-1


Lois Braverman has been a critical voice in the development of feminist family therapy, and in developing the field of family therapy through her superb organizational/leadership skills at the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), and leading the Ackerman Institute for the Family.


Lois Braverman received her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa in 1976. In 1983 she became the Director of the Des Moines Education Center at the University of Iowa School of Social Work, where she was responsible for the masters of social work program for 124 graduate students and reshaped the clinical curriculum to reflect systemically oriented practice. Along with three colleagues, she founded and became Director of the Des Moines Family Therapy Institute in 1984, a family therapy training institute for post-masters practitioners which brought family therapy training throughout the state of Iowa. After practicing in Iowa for 30 years, she moved to New York City...

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Key Citations

  1. Braverman, L. (1986a). The depressed woman in context: A feminist family therapist analysis. In M. Ault-Riche (Ed.), The family therapy collections: Women’s issues and family therapy. Rockville: Aspen Systems Corporation.Google Scholar
  2. Braverman, L. (1986b). Social casework and strategic therapy. Social Casework: The Journal of Contemporary Social Work, 67, 234–239.Google Scholar
  3. Braverman, L. (1986c). Reframing the female client’s profile. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 1(2), 30–40.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Braverman, L. (1986d). Beyond families: Strategic family therapy and the female client. Family Therapy, 13(2), 143–152.Google Scholar
  5. Braverman, L. (Ed.). (1988a). Women. Feminism and family therapy. New York: Haworth Press..Google Scholar
  6. Braverman, L. (1988b). Beyond the myth of motherhood. In M. McGoldrick, C. Anderson, & F. Walsh (Eds.), Women in families (pp. 227–243). New York: W.W. Norton Press.Google Scholar
  7. Braverman, L. (1989). Mother-guilt. The Family Therapy Networker, 13(5), 46–47.Google Scholar
  8. Braverman, L. (1990). Jewish mothers. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy., 2(2), 9–14.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Braverman, L. (1991). It’s bigger than both of us. In T. Goodrich (Ed.), Women and power: Perspectives for therapy. New York: W.W. Norton..Google Scholar
  10. Braverman, L. (1992). The magical properties of worrying. Lilith, Spring, 31–32.Google Scholar
  11. Braverman, L. (1995). Mothering and motherhood: Clinical implications. In J. Van Lawick & M. Sanders (Eds.), Gender and beyond. Amsterdam: Dutch Associate for Marital and Family Therapy.Google Scholar
  12. Renee, R., Braverman, L., & Zuo, M. (2017). Interrogating the Limits of Trauma Language: A conversation on sexual abuse narratives and storytelling. Guernica. July1. https://www.guernicamag.com/interrogating-the-limits-of-trauma-language.

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Margarita Tarragona
    • 1
  • Bahareh Sahebi
    • 2
  1. 1.PositivaMente & Grupo Campos ElíseosMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA