Brothers, Barbara Jo 1940-
Brothers, Barbara Jo 1940-
Born November 25, 1940, in Luling, TX; daughter of Robert Lee (a rancher) and Azilea (Barfield) Brothers. Ethnicity:"Caucasian." Education: University of Texas, B.A., 1961; Tulane University, M.S.W., 1965. Politics:Democrat. Religion: Protestant.
Writer and social worker. Texas Department of Child Welfare, Amarillo, child welfare worker, 1961-63, worked in adolescent services, 1966-70; Southeast Louisiana Hospital, Mandeville, coordinator of children's services, 1970-73; Chartres Mental Health Center, New Orleans, LA, coordinator of children's services, 1973-76; private practice of clinical social work, New Orleans, 1976—.Psychotherapy Patient, member of editorial board, 1997—; Parker Institute: Center for Spirituality, member of editorial board, 1997—, and member of board of directors. St. Mark's Community Center, board member; psychotherapeutic consultant in countries of the former U.S. S.R.
American Group Psychotherapy Association, National Association of Social Workers, Institute for International Connections, Virginia Satir Network.
(Editor and contributor) Peace, War, and Mental Health: Couples Therapists Look at the Dynamics,Haworth Press (Binghamton, NY), 1992.
(Editor and contributor) The Personhood of the Therapist, Haworth Press (Binghamton, NY), 2000.
Book series editor, Haworth Press (Binghamton, NY), 2001—. Contributor to books, including The Naked Therapist, edited by Sheldon Kopp, Edits (San Diego, CA), 1976; The Other Side of the Couch, edited by E. Mark Stern, Pilgrim Press (New York, NY), 1981;Psychotherapy and the Terrorized Patient, edited by E. Mark Stern, Haworth Press (Binghamton, NY), 1985; The Remorseful Patient, edited by E. Mark Stern, Haworth Press (Binghamton, NY), 1989; and Virginia Satir: Her Life and Circle of Influence,edited by Mel Suhd, Laura Dodson, and Maria Gomori, Science and Behavior Books (Palo Alto, CA), 2000. Contributor to periodicals, includingAdvanced Development: Journal on Adult Giftedness, Psychology Today, and Journal of Pastoral Counseling. Editor, newsletter of American Academy of Psychotherapists, 1976-85; and Journal of Couples Therapy, 1989-2001; associate editor, Voices: Art and Science of Psychotherapy, 1979-89.
WORK IN PROGRESS:
Virginia Satir: The Seed Model, an "in-depth view of the depth and breadth of the work of Virginia Satir, mother of family therapy"; research on the application of Satir's seed model to achieving world peace.
Barbara Jo Brothers told CA:"I began to write professionally because reading assignments in graduate school were so boring. I decided I would go back and rewrite them as an act of mercy to future students. Writing important concepts in mental health needs to be done in a way that makes the information available to the lay public, but also extends beyond mere ‘pop psychology.’ Then later I saw a serious need to promote and explicate the work of Virginia Satir, the mother of family therapy. I spent time studying with Jean Houston and decided her work would be augmented if she were introduced to the work of Virginia Satir. I wrote many articles and edited some books for that reason."