from the preface by Jesper Juul: The message of his book is in many ways as radical as when it was first published. In a time where more and more children are labelled and diagnosed and their parents left with insufficient help clinicians and decision makers are invited to be inspired!
Walter Kempler M.D. (1923-2007) was a pioneer in the field of family psychotherapy. He was an internationally renowned psychiatrist, family therapist and teacher whose career spanned 50 years and reached audiences worldwide. Dr. Kempler was a colleague of Fritz Perls (founder of Gestalt Therapy) and expanded upon his ideas as to create Gestalt Family Therapy. In 1960 Dr. Kempler founded the first Kempler Institute in Los Angeles, California as a training and treatment facility for Experiential Family Therapy. In the 1970?s he established Institutes in Holland and Denmark and focused most of his professional time working in Northern Europe. Walter Kempler is the author of two books: Principles of Gestalt Family Therapy (1973); and Experiential Psychotherapy Within Families (1981). He has been published in many professional journals and books, and has been interviewed on television and radio many times.