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John Edlerkin Bell, Ed.D. (1913–1995)
John Bell is recognized as one of the first clinicians in the United States to work systemically with families as the focus of treatment, rather than the individual. His contributions as a scholar and a practitioner helped to launch family therapy as a formal approach to clinical work.
After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia and a certificate in theology from Union Theological College in Vancouver, Bell began his career as a parish minister. He served churches in British Columbia for 3 years before making the decision to pursue further education. Bell moved to New York City and enrolled in the graduate program in education at Columbia University. He earned a Master of Arts degree in 1941 and a doctor of education degree in 1942, focusing on educational psychology. He spent the next 2 years as an assistant professor of psychology at Park College in Kansas City, followed by 12 years on the...
- Bell, J. (1961). Family group therapy : A method for the psychological treatment of older children, adolescents, and their parents, Public health monograph; No. 64. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office.Google Scholar
- Bell, J. (1975). Family therapy (1st ed.). New York: J. Aronson.Google Scholar