Salvador Minuchin on Family Therapy
by Jay Lappin & Salvador Minuchin
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the most influential figures in psychotherapy, Dr. Salvador Minuchin. 
The founder of Structural Family Therapy, Minuchin has been inspiring therapists for over half a century with his wisdom and insight into what actually helps people change. You've read about him in your textbooks—now here's a chance to get to know the person behind the legend.

In this compelling interview, Minuchin sits down with one of his beloved mentees and talks freely about his evolution as a therapist over the past fifty years. He reveals how his revolutionary spirit and passion for social justice led him to challenge the status quo of psychodynamic therapy and create a more effective model for working with youth and their families. He discusses some of the nuts and bolts of Structural Family Therapy and offers suggestions for how to bring out the best in struggling families.

This heartwarming dialogue is sure to inspire both new and seasoned therapists to look for the untapped potential that exists in each person, no matter how troubled they may be when they arrive in our offices.

Note: English language subtitles are available for those who have difficulty understanding Dr. Minuchin's accent.

What therapists are saying…

"At 88 years of age, Salvador Minuchin is more than a Master of family therapy: His is the living embodiment of systemic wisdom enacted with families in stress or pain. This DVD spans a life as well as a career, brings the personal into professional practice, points to the future, and provides alternatives for training needed more now than when he first started. Watching Salvador Minuchin, one clearly sees the difference between fifty years of experience as opposed to one year of experience fifty times over."

-- James Robert Bitter, EdD, Professor of Counseling, East Tennessee State University
"This interview with family therapy's greatest therapist is a goldmine of nuanced insights. Only an insider like Jay Lappin could guide Minuchin's discussion of his life and work into such a comprehensive statement. I plan to watch this wonderful video many times over."

-- Michael P. Nichols, PhD, Author of Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods
"An excellent introduction to the man and a generous view of his thinking. Family therapists and advanced trainees will be charmed by this intimate conversation with a master, and even veteran students of family therapy will glean new appreciations for both the man and his approach."

-- Brian Stagner, PhD, reviewed in APA PsycCRITIQUES
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In this fascinating interview with his beloved friend and mentee of over thirty years, Jay Lappin, Salvador Minuchin discusses a wide range of themes, from his early influences to his thoughts on how to best teach new therapists. With candor and humility, he discusses personal and provocative topics such as: 
• the impact of being a Jew in an anti-Semitic country and how he developed a sense of being the “Other;”
• why psychodynamic therapy isn’t enough;
• pivotal moments and mistakes;
• the essential elements of therapeutic change;
• how therapists are too nice and why they need to challenge their clients more;
• the importance of “daring when you’re doubting;” and
• why he thinks Attachment Theory doesn’t make any sense.

This is a great interview to watch with colleagues or to show in a class because it is sure to spark lively debate and to get viewers really thinking about their own beliefs about therapy.


By watching this video you will:
• Learn the theory, goals, and techniques of Structural Family Therapy.
• Understand the history of family therapy and how Minuchin developed his approach to working with diverse populations.
• Identify effective strategies for joining with clients and challenging them to find alternative ways of relating with each other.

Length of video: 1:22:00

Number of Discs: 1

English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD

This DVD plays in All Regions

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-285-9

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-286-7

Jay Lappin, MSW, LCSW is a New Jersey licensed marriage and family counselor and social worker, as well as NASW Clinical Diplomat. He is board member emeritus of the Minuchin Center for the Family, adjunct faculty for the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education and clinical supervisor for Drexel University’s Master of Family Therapy Program. For fourteen years, Jay studied, then taught and supervised at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. For fifteen years, he was the principle trainer and consultant for Delaware’s Department of Services to Youth, Children & Their Families “Family Focus” program—a “whole systems” initiative involving all three operating divisions and their personnel including a pioneer program in family reunification. He has also served on the boards and held offices for the New Jersey American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy and the American Family Therapy Academy. He has written on Structural Family Therapy from a cross cultural perspective, implementing larger systems change and conducting family sessions. He has been a contributing editor for the Psychotherapy Networker and interviewed Salvador Minuchin for psychotherapy.net. Jay has conducted workshops, lectures and supervised throughout the United States, Germany and Taiwan. Closer to home, in New Jersey, he’s been in private practice for forty years. Jaylappin.com


Salvador Minuchin, MD, is a world-renowned founder of family therapy and the developer of Structural Family Therapy. Named one of the ten most influential therapists of the past quarter-century, he is the author of several books, including his classic family therapy text, Families and Family Therapy



CE credits: 1.25

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the theory, goals, and techniques of Structural Family Therapy.
  • Understand the history of family therapy and how Minuchin developed his approach to working with diverse populations.
  • Identify effective strategies for joining with clients and challenging them to find alternative ways of relating with each other.

Bibliography available upon request

This course is offered for ASWB ACE credit for social workers. See complete list of CE approvals here

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Course Reviewed January 2019

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