Milan group; Milan team
From the late 1960s to the late 1970s, the Milan Associates were housed at the Institute for the Study of the Family in Milan, Italy, and consisted of four individuals: Mara Selvini Palazzoli, the founder of the Institute, Gianfranco Cecchin, Luigi Boscolo, and Giuliana Prata. Greatly influenced by Gregory Bateson and others’ work on systemic communication, they shifted from their psychoanalytic backgrounds to a strategic and systemic approach to treating families with major mental disorders (e.g., schizophrenia). They became one of the most influential training teams in the world, and their advancements in the field led to the development of the Milan Systemic Family Therapy approach. The group amicably disbanded in the late 1970s due to disagreements in theory and practice; many approaches have evolved from their original ideas.
Prominent Associated Figures
Mara Selvini Palazzoli
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