Working with Families of the Poor: Taking Forward the Legacy of Salvador Minuchin

Poverty and Inequality

On April 12, Equity for Children hosted a presentation and conversation about the pioneering work of Salvador Minuchin with experts from the fields of social justice, family therapy and academia, in partnership with the Center for Attachment Research and with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The event sought to advance collaboration between child rights advocates and child therapists working with underserved children and their families in overcoming trauma.

The presentation and conversation is part of a series of activities that will be rolled out during 2018 inspired by the legacy of Salvador Minuchin, whose seminal work in family structural psychotherapy influenced the field for more than 60 years. Minuchin’s pioneering work with families from low-income neighborhoods around the world inspired and educated generations of therapists.

The event addressed commonalities between child rights advocates and that of therapists when treating child trauma. It also explored how the two groups can work together more closely to advance policies and programs helping the most underserved children and their families who experience trauma.

Speakers included:

  • Mary Watson, Executive Dean, Schools of Public Engagement, The New School
  • Howard Steele, Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Center for Attachment Research, The New School
  • Ema Genijovich, Lic. ( Psychologist ), International Consultant and Trainer in Systems and Family Therapy
  • Carol Shapiro, Founder of Family Justice and La Bodega de la Familia
  • Veronica Barenstein, Director, Family and Couples Therapy Program, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
  • Rita Abadi, LMHC, Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention (SAVI) Program
  • Mindy Fullilove, Professor of Urban Policy and Health, The New School
  • Alberto Minujin, Executive Director, Equity for Children, The New School


Watch the event teaser video:


Watch the Livestream here


Find out more about the event conversations here.





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