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The Faces of Family

A Lantern Sampler

Brad Fern , Tom Lutz , Kelly Fern , Ginny Jordan , John McKinnon and Krissy Pozatek

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In this exclusive Lantern Books sampler, stories from memoirists and experts in the field offer insight into what it takes to make a family and to keep a family together. "The Boy Steps Out" from Ashes to Gold by Brad Fern and Tom Lutz, a retelling of a Brothers Grimm fairytale, has startling applications to modern family life. "Reconnections" from Songs of My Families by Kelly Fern and "The Left Breast" from Clear Cut by Ginny Jordan are poignant excerpts from memoirs that describe the mother-child experience in the face of great uncertainty and tragedy. "An Invisible Girl: Lisa" from To Change a Mind by John A. McKinnon and "The Parent Process" from The Parallel Process by Krissy Pozatek present family therapy case studies that further illuminate the relationship between parents and children. These selections show that although the faces of family are many, they are all based on the important tenets of love, understanding, and forgiveness.


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Published:  August 2012


Brad Fern is a psychotherapist in private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has been involved in mythopoetic men’s work since 1986. He is the co-author of Ashes to Gold: The Alchemy of Mentoring the Delinquent Boy and Songs of My Families. See all books by Brad Fern
Tom Lutz has worked with adolescents and families for thirty-three years. He has been the clinical director of several Minnesota sex-offender programs and correctional institutions. He is in private practice in Hastings, Minnesota. See all books by Tom Lutz
Kelly Fern was born in Geumsan, South Korea, and came to the United States when she was five years old. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in European Studies. She is a behavioral detection officer for the Department of Homeland Security and a French language interpreter. Kelly lives with her husband and their two children in Minneapolis. See all books by Kelly Fern
Ginny Jordan, cofounder of BeadforLife, has been involved in the health profession for the past thirty years. She has been a practicing psychotherapist, group facilitator, hospice care worker, and health advocate. She partnered with Torkin Wakefield to create World Sits Down to Dinner, a hunger-awareness program that was offered in several cities throughout the country. Ginny is also involved in poverty-eradication/income-generation projects in the Andes of Peru and in the Amazon of Ecuador. She is on the board of the Cricket Island Foundation, whose mission is dedicated to youth empowerment, multigenerational learning and leadership development. Ginny also has an MFA in poetry and enjoys writing. She lives in Boulder, Colorado and has three grown children. See all books by Ginny Jordan
John A. McKinnon, M.D., was educated at Harvard, Cambridge University, Case Western Reserve University, Yale, and Norwich University. He taught at the University of California, San Francisco, and directed psychiatry hospital programs in Texas and Montana. Disgusted with the mediocrity of "managed" care, he left traditional medical centers to co-found Montana Academy, a therapeutic school for troubled teenagers on a remote ranch near Glacier Park. His co-founder and wife, Rosemary, is also a therapist, and they have three daughters. See all books by John McKinnon
Krissy Pozatek, LICSW, has many years of experience in wilderness therapy and adolescent treatment. She was educated at Middlebury College, Smith College School for Social Work, and NM Highlands University, and is a licensed clinical social worker. In her therapy practice Krissy works with parents so that they grow alongside their child in treatment. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two daughters. See all books by Krissy Pozatek

Related Titles

  • An Unchanged Mind : The Problem of Immaturity in Adolescence
  • The Parallel Process : Growing Alongside Your Adolescent or Young Adult Child in Treatment
  • To Change a Mind : Parenting to Promote Maturity in Teenagers
  • Ashes to Gold : The Alchemy of Mentoring the Delinquent Boy
  • Songs of My Families : A Thirty-Seven Year Odyssey from Korea to America and Back
  • Clear Cut : One Woman's Journey of Life in the Body

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    Social Thought: Family Life
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