Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Schweitzer, Jochen

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_1085-1


Schweitzer, Jochen


Jochen Schweitzer is a leading figure in the field of couple and family therapy. His contributions encompass high-impact and peer reviewed disseminations of research trials with outpatients, inpatients, staff members, and entire organizations including both quantitative and qualitative methodology. Schweitzer trains both professional psychotherapists and students, and is politically engaged for the advancement of couple and family therapy.


Jochen received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Tuebingen in 1986, which followed by a German habilitation in 1995 and subsequently an associate professorship of medical psychology and psychotherapy at the Center for Psychosocial Medicine at the University of Heidelberg. He directs the Division of Organizational Psychology in Medicine and is vice director of the Institute of Medical Psychology. Having worked in adolescent psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine for many years from 1979 on, he...


Jochen European Family Therapy Association American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) Leadership Training Institute Adolescent Psychotherapists 
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Key Citations

  1. Haun, M., Kordy, H., Zwack, J., Ochs, M., & Schweitzer, J. (2013). Family systems psychiatry in an acute in-patient setting: The implementation and sustainability years after its introduction. Journal of Family Therapy, 35, 159–175.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Hunger, C., Weinhold, J., Bornhäuser, A., Link, L., & Schweitzer, J. (2015). Mid- and long-term effects of family constellation seminars in a general population sample: 8- and 12-month follow-up. Family Process, 54, 344–358.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Schweitzer, J., & v. Schlippe, A. (2016). Textbook of systemic therapy and counseling, Vol. II: The disorder-specific knowledge [Lehrbuch der Systemischen Therapie und Beratung, Bd. II: das störungsspezifische Wissen]. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht.Google Scholar
  4. v. Sydow, K., Beher, S., Schweitzer, J., & Retzlaff, R. (2010). The efficacy of systemic therapy with adult patients: A meta content analysis of 38 randomized controlled trials. Family Process, 49, 457–485.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. v. Sydow, K., Retzlaff, R., Beher, S., Haun, M., & Schweitzer, J. (2013). The efficacy of systemic therapy for childhood and adolescent externalizing disorders: A systematic review of 47 RCT. Family Process, 52, 576–618.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Zwack, J., & Schweitzer, J. (2013). If every fifth physician is affected by burnout, what about the other four? Resilience strategies of experienced physicians. Academic Medicine, 88(3), 382–389.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Medical PsychologyUniversity Hospital HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam Fisher
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Human Development and Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  3. 3.Brigham Young UniversityProvoUSA