Strategic Family Therapy
The Strategic Family Therapy Center carries forward the work of Jay Haley, MRI's first Research Director, one of its founders and a pioneer in family therapy.
Haley called the therapy Strategic because "it is a therapy where the therapist initiates what happens during therapy, designs a specific approach for each person's presenting problem, and where the therapist takes responsibility for directly influencing people."
After leaving MRI, Haley collaborated for a number of years with Salvador Minuchin where they mutually influenced each other's thinking. Minuchin's structural family therapy is a part of Haley's strategic model.
He described the therapy in one of his many notable books-"Problem-Solving Therapy," which helps to describe the therapy. He encouraged live supervision, whereby beginning therapists learn the art and skill of this new way of doing therapy by practicing in front of a one-way mirror, supervised by a team that assists the trainees in how to be most effective at helping clients to solve problems. That tradition is carried on here at MRI.
The theory underlying Strategic therapy has been the basis for most of the significant evidence-based family therapies of today.
The Center was established at MRI in 2001 through the vision of Eileen Bobrow, M.A., MFT. The Center offers therapy to individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents. Therapy fees are affordable and based on ability to pay. Clinic hours are flexible.
Under the direction of Ms. Bobrow, the Strategic Family Therapy Center also provides training, consultation and live supervision to interns, licensed therapists and agencies interested in learning the model. Ms. Bobrow has more than 32 years of experience helping families, couples and individuals. She received extensive training in Strategic Family Therapy with Jay Haley and Cloe Madanes and was a regional faculty member of their Family Therapy Institute of Washington D.C.
She has trained mental health professionals from around the nation and the world both through the Strategic Family Therapy program at MRI and as a consultant and teacher throughout her long career. -Read more about our services-
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EXTERNSHIP TRAINING OPPORTUNITY FOR CLINICIANS
Now accepting applications for Sept. 2013.
Pre-courses start on September 9th, 2013
Classes start on September 23rd, 2013
The Strategic Family Therapy Training Center is offering a 6-month Externship Training Program in 3 modalities:
• Strategic Family Therapy,
• Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis
• Gestalt Therapy from a systemic perspective.
In exchange for this six month comprehensive training, clinicians licensed in California and registered interns must be available to provide therapy at the Strategic Family Therapy Clinic, up to 2 cases per week and pay tuition. Clinicians may set their own schedule.
Tuition: $6,500 before May 31.
Tuition $7,000 after May 31 (Additional classes in MRI that are not part of the Externship program are included)
Clinicians, who are not licensed in California or are from outside the U.S will pay a tuition for the six month training, and may not practice therapy due to legal requirements.
September 9-14: Strategic Therapy Training, level 1 and 2 (Eileen Bobrow, LMFT)
September 19-20: Introduction to Ericksonian Hypnosis (Jeff Zeig, PhD)
September 21-22: Introduction to Gestalt Therapy Luucanna Grey, LMFT)
Tentative Schedule (Classes starting on September 23)
Hypnosis training will take place on Mondays from 9:00 to 12:00 pm
The hours for Gestalt are tentatively scheduled for Tuesdays from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Case discussion is from 11:00-12:00. Viewing and doing cases from behind the one-way mirror are from 2:00-6:00 p.m. on Thursdays Behind the one way Mirror from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Didactics on Fridays Didactics from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
The schedule is to be announced. **
The estimated total for this Externship Training during the 6 months is 415 hours.
*Days and times are tentatively scheduled and are subject to change depending on the schedules of teachers and applicants.
Eileen Bobrow, LMFT
Director of MRI's Strategic Family Therapy and Training Center and a Senior Research Fellow of the Mental Research Institute. She has been both a Faculty Member of the Family Therapy Institute of Washington, D.C. and an Associate Professor of the Gestalt Institute of San Francisco. She trained with Jay Haley and Cloe Madanes and incorporates many of their ideas and influence into her practice.
Lucanna Grey, LMFT
Is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Lu trained as a Gestalt therapist and was a trainer at the Gestalt Institute of San Francisco from 1984 to 1991. Her orientation is primarily existential and Gestalt and she enjoy developing teaching experiences for students and trainees.
Eric Greenleaf, Ph.D.
A psychologist in practice in Albany, California, directs the Milton H. Erickson Institute of the Bay Area. He researches trance and healing in Bali, teaches internationally, and trains psychotherapists and Feldenkrais practitioners in hypnotic communication. His book, The Problem of Evil: Ancient Dilemmas and Modern Therapy, appeared in 2000. Milton Erickson, MD, chose Eric to receive the first Milton H. Erickson Award of Scientific Excellence for Writing in Hypnosis.
Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D. (Pre-course only)
Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D. is the Founder and Director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, having studied intermittently with Dr. Erickson for more than six years, He edited, co-edited, authored, or coauthored more than 20 books that appear in twelve foreign languages. His current area of interest is extracting implicit codes of influence from various arts, including movies, music, painting, poetry and fiction that can be used to empower professional practice, and everyday communication.Dr. Zeig is the architect of The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conferences, considered the most important conferences in the history of psychotherapy. He organizes the Brief Therapy Conferences, the Couples Conferences, and the International Congresses on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. Dr. Zeig is on the Editorial Board of numerous journals; is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 29, Psychotherapy); and Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He is a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academy of Practice in Psychology of the National Academies of Practice.A psychologist and marriage and family therapist in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Zeig conducts workshops internationally (more than 40 countries). Specialty topics include experiential psychotherapy, hypnosis and brief therapy with various clinical problems. Dr. Zeig speaks at major universities and teaching hospitals including The Mayo Clinic, Menningers and MD Anderson. He is president of Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, Inc., publishers in the behavioral sciences and the Erickson Foundation
Tentative starting date: September 21st, 2013 – March 19th, 2014.
**Years two and three are by invitation only.
For more information, please contact the MRI Director Maria Pia Allende at email@example.com. Our direct phone line is (650) 321-3055.
You can also email Eileen at
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INTERNSHIP FOR MFTs and SOCIAL WORKERS
Great Opportunity to Intern with the MRI!
Learn first hand knowledge and gain experience by interning at the Strategic Therapy Center. The Center offers therapy to individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents. Looking for interns who have an interest in mental health and enjoy working with people.
Applicants must speak Spanish.
Please contact the MRI Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our direct phone line is (650) 321-3055. You may also contact Eileen at email@example.com.