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In this year, the Australian bicentennial, a review of the Australian family is timely. Families — their structure, duration and function — change in response to their environmental context. Aboriginal families were uniquely adapted to their environment, and while first European colonisation was...
We do not relate to the world as such but through the interpretation of our perceptions and of our experience of the world. In this paper the work of Maturana, von Foerster, Bateson and Prigogine is examined from a biological and systems theory perspective, to provide support for the thesis that...
When people are admitted to a psychiatric hospital they are degraded in status by the admission process — a ceremony supported by structures built into the hospital/treatment system. This paper explores some aspects of this process and proposes systemic group work as one way of redressing the...
Defended custodies are usually seen as the hardest type of family dispute for which the conciliation method of dispute resolution is available. Family mediators assess custody disputes of ex‐nuptial children among de facto couples, as the least likely to have a successful outcome. Custody...
The writer describes an experience of working with rural Maori whamere groups in the far north of New Zealand. It is suggested that therapists in such a context can choose to suspend their judgement and work in the existing cultural milieu. A case study is presented to illustrate the discussion.
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