Family Systems Program, Chicago, Illinois, The
The Family Systems Program (FSP), housed at the Institute of Juvenile Research (IJR), was one of several renowned incubators for family systems thinking and training, extending from the 1970s through the 1990s. IJR, itself, was founded in 1909 by William Healy, MD. Located in the poor, immigrant community of Chicago’s near west side, IJR is considered to be one of the first Child Guidance Centers in the country and the first center to investigate the causes and solutions for juvenile delinquency. It was during IJR’s research renaissance (in the 1960s and 1970s), when more than a dozen programs were developed to continue to address these problems, that FSP was founded by Irving Borstein, Ph.D.
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As FSP’s first director (1970–1978), Borstein introduced family therapy to IJR staff and trainees through a monthly consultation series in family therapy, inviting major figures in the field to present their work. Among the presenters were Nathan...
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