Schutz, J.J. "Therapeutic considerations for working with families who have a child with a disability." Family Therapy Magazine, January/February 2011: vol. 10 (1). pp. 22-29.
Family Therapy Magazine is the "flagship" periodical for the AAMFT and is distributed to every Marriage and Family Therapist in the country. I was inspired to write this article by an almost unbelievable paucity of material on how to provide systemically-oriented (that is, relationally-based) therapy for families who have a child with a disability. I performed an article-by-article, issue-by-issue survey of the top 7 family therapy periodicals over the past 10 years and found NOT A SINGLE ARTICLE that addressed family therapy for families with a special needs child. This, despite the fact that at least 1 in 10 families includes a child with a disability! All of my resources and research had to come from other fields, so my work in this area is genuinely at the cutting edge. I am continuing my work of pioneering relationally-based treatment models for helping families with a special needs child.
Schutz, J.J & Schutz, L.E. "Operation Recreation." Exceptional Parent Magazine, June 2010: vol. 40 (6). pp 14-16.
My wife Laurie and I decided to write this article as a kind of motivational piece for parents who have a child with a disability. We are avid hikers, and we love to go biking. This article talks about what it takes to adapt to the challenges of including your special needs child in doing the recreational activities you love the most!
(Yes, that is me and 3 of our children on the cover! Anyone want to guess where it was taken?)