Books by Whitaker

The Family Crucible, By Augustus Y. Napier, Carl Whitaker. From Kindle Edition at Amazon, Paperback at Amazon, Powells

This extraordinary book presents scenarios of one family’s therapy experience and explains what underlies each encounter. You will discover the general patterns that are common to all families-stress, polarization and escalation, scapegoating, triangulation, blaming, and the diffusion of identity–and you will gain a vivid understanding of the intriguing field of family therapy. Published in 1988.

Dancing With The Family. By William Bumberry. From Amazon [Kindle], Powell’s [hard cover]

Dancing with the Family presents something of a clinical importance, not to offer an all-encompassing theory of the family therapy. This book emphasize on a dual focus. You will be asked to remain cognizant of the centrality of the person of the therapist, as well as of the evolving process of the therapy.  Published in 2004.

The Involvement of the Professional Therapist. By Carl Whitaker, Thomas Malone, John Warkentin. From Amazon [Kindle Edition]

Originally published in 1959 as part of a collection of case studies in counseling and psychotherapy. This particular contribution relates to the case of “Hilda” a thirty-year-old, married female with the chief complaints of repeated severe depressions and psychotic behavior.

Midnight Musings of a Family Therapist. By Carl Whitaker. From Amazon [Hardcover].

A compilation of Carl Whitaker’s lectures and un-published essays, taken from his 40 years of practice as a psychiatrist and family therapist. He talks about families, including his own, and the events that shaped the family therapy field, and psychotherapy. Published in 1989.

From Psyche to System: The Evolving Therapy of Carl Whitaker. From Amazon [Paperback], Powells
John R. Neill (Editor), David P. Kniskern (Editor)

Carl Whitaker’s enormous insight and clinical expertise made themselves felt in virtually every area of psychotherapy. His most significant writings are collected in this volume. Published in 1989.

Roots Of Psychotherapy
. By Carl A. Whitaker, Thomas P. Malone. From Amazon. (Brunner/Mazel Classics in Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy)

Reshaping Family Relationships: The Symbolic Therapy Of Carl Whitaker. By William Bumberry, Gary M. Connell, Tammy Mitten. From Amazon [Hardcover]

Although some might consider Carl Whitaker’s work as being brilliant, creative, and innovative, his techniques are commonly viewed as being beyond the reach of the average clinician. Some have thought his therapeutic successes reflect his personal charm, rather than a clearly formulated, consistent, replicable approach to therapy. “Reshaping Family Relationships” offers a model for understanding the process of change in family therapy from a symbolic-experiential perspective. It offers a vivid picture of symbolic-experiential therapy, highlighted by clinical vignettes of the work of Dr. Whitaker, as well as the authors. Clinical material and case discussion illustrate each component of this approach. The symbolic-experiential model not only identifies the various stages of the therapy process but discusses the different interventions that are typical at each stage. The six stages of therapy included in the core variables of this model are: generating a relational point of view; creating a therapeutic alliance; stimulating a symbolic context; activating stress to fuel change; catalyzing change through symbolic experiences; and the end of therapy – moving out and moving on. Published in 1998 (?).

The Roots of Psychotherapy. By Carl A. Whitaker, Thomas P. Malone. From Amazon, 1953

Symbolic Experiential Journeys: A Tribute to Carl Whitaker. By Robert Garfield, Alice Greenberg, Stuart Sugarman. From –

Carl A. Whitaker, M.D. – Conversation Hour. By The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, (The Evolution of Psychotherapy, L330-CH4). From Amazon [cassette].

Families and the Interpretation of Dreams Paperback
by Edward Bruce Bynum (Author) , Carl A. Whitaker (Foreword)

Dreams reveal and illuminate not only our personal unconscious, but also our shared experiences — especially our family life. In this original and breakthrough book, Edward Bruce Bynum explores the frequently hidden messages of our dreams as they relate to that intimate web connecting our parents and children, spouses and lovers, and friends and the wider culture. Drawing on material from the ongoing Family Dreams Research Project, Bynum explains how to identify dreams in which family themes play a role; how to understand their impact on one’s emotions, decisions, and even physical health; and how to discover the cultural images embedded within.  Published in 2003.

Thinking and feeling in family therapy: A comparison of the approaches of Murray Bowen and Carl Whitaker
, Publisher: Hahnemann Medical College, Family Therapy [Dept.] (1982)
by Raymond Penney

Psychotherapy of chronic schizophrenic patients
. Paperback
by Carl A., Whitaker
Publisher: Little, Brown (1958)

The Blind Date Family Interview (The Evolution Of Psychotherapy, L330-CP-15) by Carl Whitaker and The Milton H. Erickson Foundation (1985)
The Family As Deduced From Twenty Years of Families Only (The Evolution Of Psychotherapy, L330-12) Audio Cassette – January 1, 1985
Publisher: Infomedix (1985)

Psychodrama, Role Theory and the Concept of the Social Atom (The Evolution of Psychotherapy, 2 Tape Set; L330-2AB)
Audio Cassette – January 1, 1985
Publisher: Infomedix (1985)

Keynote Address: Hypnosis and Depth Therapy (Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, No. 50) Audio Cassette – January 1, 1981
by Carl Whitaker, The Milton H. Erickson Foundation

Publisher: Infomedix (1981)

Intimate Couple: The Symbolic Therapy of Carl Whitaker

Jon Carlson / Brunner/Mazel Publisher

As important as intimacy is in our personal and professional lives, intimacy as a theoretical and clinical factor still remains a phenomenon. Contributors to this work examine the many definitions of intimacy, putting forth a provocative discussion of the multi-faceted topic and offering the best possible clinical methods of creating intimacy and addressing its challenges. Published in 1998.