Family and Network Therapy Training for a System of Care: “A Pedagogy of Hope”

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry

Publication Date


Document Type

Book Chapter


Family Therapy; Community Mental Health Services; Curriculum; Social Work


Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry and Psychology | Social Work


This chapter presents a training curriculum that has been taught as an advanced master's-level course at a graduate school of social work. Parts of this curriculum have been the basis of presentations to community agencies and hospitals, and of postgraduate workshops and courses. Some of the material was developed originally in collaboration with Carlos Sluzki MD, and other senior faculty at the Family Center of the Berkshires, during the years 1990-1995. This curriculum has been used successfully in a variety of settings and with trainees from a variety of clinical disciplines, including social work, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, and family medicine.

DOI of Published Version



Olson, M. (2005). Family and network therapy training in a system of care: “A pedagogy of hope.” In A. Lightburn & P. Sessions (Eds.), The handbook of community-based clinical practice. New York: Oxford University Press, p. 135-152. DOI 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159226.003.0011

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Journal/Book/Conference Title

The handbook of community-based clinical practice


At the time of publication, Mary Olson was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.