Category: Children & Adolescents

Some Preliminary Thoughts on Family Group Therapy

Moshe Lang, Miriam Tisher

The Australian Psychological Society, DCP Bulletin, 4(3) 1972, pp 6-10

The two contributions to this edition of the bulletin came from psychologists involved in clinical practice and teaching. Mrs. Tisher and Mr. Lang have been working with the method they describe for several years.

Strategic Family Therapy: Three Case Histories

Moshe Lang, Peter McCallum

Australian Family Physician, 9(11) 1980, pp 780-784

Methods developed by family therapists in the last 30 years allow the family physician to deal directly and rapidly with a range of psychological problems that previously required prolonged specialised psychotherapy.

Debbie and Her Slurping Stomach

Moshe Lang, Tesse Lang

Australian Journal of Family Therapy, 3(1) 1981, pp 3-26

Debbie, a 16 year old girl, was referred for family therapy by a specialist physician with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa. The paper consists of a slightly edited transcript of the first interview. This is interposed with comments by the authors based on repeated viewing of the videotape of this session.

Incompletely Fractured Families

Moshe Lang, Peter McCallum

Australian Journal of Family Therapy, 2(4) 1981, pp 169-174

One previously unrecognised problem occurs when the partners, although separated, covertly remain attached to the old alliance. Frequently a child, by becoming “ill”, remains as a bridge between them to prevent the final disintegration of the marriage bond. Three case histories are provided as an illustration of this phenomenon.

Family Conflict and Stress and Its Resolution by Family Therapy

Moshe Lang

Mental Health in Australia: The Journal of The Australian National Association for Mental Health, 1(10) 1983, pp 28-31

Even though the behaviour and problems of this family are unique, they highlight points, issues and characteristics that may be present in most families under stress.

It is a Tribute to this Family’s Courage and Resilience in The Last Taboo: Suicide and Attempted Suicide Among Children and Adolescents

Moshe Lang

A chapter in The Last Taboo: Suicide and Attempted Suicide Among Children and Adolescents by S. Fabian; Penguin Books, Australia, 1986 pp. 183-190

Corrupting The Young: And Other Stories of a Family Therapist

Moshe Lang, Tesse Lang
First ed., Rene Gordon, Australia, 1986

Moshe Lang is a natural story-teller whose many years as a family therapist have provided the raw material for these delightful short stories. They cover marriage, parent/child relationships, and all the frustrations, wry pleasures and pressures of family life. Some are wise anecdotes that reflect universal truths, others show how family therapy works, sometimes despite the therapist.

Foreword in The Last Taboo: Suicide and Attempted Suicide Among Children and Adolescents

Moshe Lang

A chapter in The Last Taboo: Suicide and Attempted Suicide Among Children and Adolescents by S. Fabian; Penguin Books, Australia, 1986 p1

Separation Crises and the Holocaust

Moshe Lang, Janet Zeleznikow

Australia and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 10(1) 1989, pp 31-33

We welcome the multi-level analysis of separation crises offered in the Quadrio and Levy article. We were pleased to note the recognition they have given to the importance of the Holocaust experience in their case study. […] Unfortunately, however, their recognition of the significance of the Holocaust has not been taken far enough.

Holocaust Conference, Melbourne, 5 August, 1988

Moshe Lang, Brian Stagoll

Australia and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 10(1) 1989, pp 53-54

We aimed to begin opening up in public what we had been sharing in private. The Holocaust is a central event of our century, an evil that continues to cast a shadow over our lives, and our work as therapists.

The Long Shadow

Moshe Lang

Generation: a journal of Australian Jewish life, thought & community, 4(1) 1994, pp 22-49

Moshe Lang, a leading family therapist in Australia and author of numerous books in the area of his professional expertise, has written the central article of this edition’s symposium. Detailing several case histories of Holocaust survivors and members of their families, it offers comment and reflection upon the long shadow cast by the trauma, as well as upon the resolutions he is often instrumental in affecting. Responses to his article by academics and mental health professionals from Australia and overseas comprise another section of the symposium, while two children of survivors also offer their thoughts and words in articles that add new chapters to a story many thought was already completed.

The Shadow of Evil

Moshe Lang

The Family Therapy Networker, Sep-Oct 1995, pp 54-67

I asked Shirley to draw a picture, something I typically do with young clients, and she drew buildings and chimneys big, square, featureless buildings with lots of wide chimneys. She took special pains with the smoke issuing from the chimneys, furiously blackening in great, dark plumes.

Silence: Therapy with Holocaust Survivors and their Families

Moshe Lang

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 16(1) 1995, pp 1-10

Stories of family therapy with Holocaust Survivors and their families are presented. They came with symptoms or complaints that seemed unusual and at times bizarre. Although they had seen other members of the helping professions, the Holocaust had never been mentioned. Only when it was explored did their problems become comprehensible and meaningful, providing the context for alleviating or resolving their complaints.

Resilience: Stories of a Family Therapist

Moshe Lang, Tesse Lang
Second ed, PsychOz Publications, Melbourne, Australia, 2007

Moshe Lang presents us with a book of nuance and flavour. Resilience is a collection of brief sketches and vignettes, each serving as a vehicle for pithy observations and cogent insights.

Worth a Third Read: Six Readers Recall Articles from the AJFT and ANZJFT

Moshe Lang, et al

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 21(4) 2000, pp 219-222

Six readers were asked to recall papers from earlier issues of this journal and to write briefly about what made these papers stand out in their minds. These readers have also been unable to resist the temptation to mention other papers which they would like to have had the time to discuss as well!

A Family in Therapy

Moshe Lang, Peter McCallum
Second edition, ACER Press, Melbourne, Australia, 2000

After Peter’s passing in 1999, a second edition of the book was published. The invited commentaries were taken out of this edition, while Moshe revisited and updated his original comments, in light of developments in family therapy practice in the interim two decades.

Behind Closed Doors: Two therapy sessions with Moshe Lang

In this two DVD set, Moshe Lang demonstrates his approach in two therapy sessions: the first is with a couple dealing with the impact of an affair on their relationship, and the second is with a woman and her adult son who is moving back home.