The Jay Haley collection, consisting of 28 linear feet and spanning from the 1950s to 2007, documents Haley’s career through
correspondence, papers, book typescripts, and media materials. Among Haley’s papers documenting his multiple professional
activities are his writings on: psychotherapy as a profession; teaching therapy; studies on Milton H. Erickson M. D.; the
Bateson Project; marriage and family therapy; schizophrenia; his work with the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, and his
activities as editor for the Journal Family Process. The collection also includes Haley’s fiction writings, and his training
films on topics such as: strategic and family therapy, Milton H. Erickson M.D., documentation of specific cases, and trance
and dance in Bali.
Jay Haley (1923-2007) was born in an oil town in Wyoming. He was a pioneer in family therapy, and his work traces its birth
and development during half a century. He was a founder and first editor of Family Process, the first journal in family therapy. Haley was pivotal in creating psychotherapy's major paradigm shift from insightful,
long-term therapy, to a brief, family-based and problem-focused strategic therapy. Haley argued for training therapists through
live supervision, giving them the necessary tools for problem solving through an active thoughtfully planned strategy. He
pioneered the recording of therapy sessions, and created many training films.
28 Linear Feet
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