I. From Scripts to Improvisations 1. Secure Enough to Improvise 2. The Nature of Scripts 3. Identification across the Generations 4. Rewriting Family Scripts 5. A Case Example II. Creating a Secure Family Base 6. Security in the Family 7. Therapy and Supervision as Secure Bases 8. Myths and Legends about Security 9. Resolving Care-Control Conflicts 10. Resolving Distance Conflicts 11. Positive Framing of Parenting Scripts III. Reediting Scripts in Changing Circumstances 12. Scripts in Formation of a New Family 13. Grieving Scripts 14. Disrupted Scripts: Family Breakup and Disability
John Byng-Hall is a Consultant Child and Family Psychiatrist at the Tavistock Clinic. He has published widely on topics such as family myths, legends, and scripts; attachments within the family; adolescence; and the impact of chronic illness within the family. He has also presented his ideas at international conferences. He was trained at Cambridge University, University College Hospital London, the Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals, and at the Tavistock Clinic. He is a past Chair of the Institute of Family Therapy, London.