Family Photographs: in Treatment and Training

Authors

  • CAROL M. ANDERSON M.S.W.,

    1. Director of Family Therapy, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic; Assocate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh.
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  • ELAINE S. MALLOY M.S.W.

    1. Family Therapist, Family Therapy Clinic, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh.
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Abstract

The universal appeal of nostalgia and reminiscence makes photographs a natural instrument for studying the impact of the past upon the present. This paper explores photography as a medium for facilitating reminiscence to discover individual roles, interpersonal relationships, and family dynamics. A method is described for using family photographs in treatment and training of clinicians at a Family Therapy Clinic.

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