Chapter 1

Ideas That Have Handicapped Therapists

Therapy techniques for problem young people have been improving over the years. Many ideas that caused consistent failure have been discarded, and new strategies have led to more success. Discarding ideas and theories that one has learned in training from respected teachers is never easy. It would seem that only when the social milieu of a therapist changes is it possible for him or her to change ideology and behavior.1 The illusion that the individual freely chooses his ideas and theories, no matter what his social network, is in itself a difficult idea to abandon. A review will be offered here of the ideas that handicapped therapists of young people, particularly those defined as schizophrenic, ...

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