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Ray, WendelWendel Ray was born in Jacksonville, Florida on December, 29, 1953. Wendel Ray earned a BA in Sociology and Political Science in 1981 and a Master of Social Work in 1983, at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg ; he got his PhD. as Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy in 1989 at Nova University, Ft Lauderdale, Florida. Dr Ray has been an individual, couple, and family therapist for more than 30 years, helping people find solutions to problems in living. His practice is specialized in brief therapy to solve intransigent relationship problems. He has an extensive experience working with couples, families with child and adolescent problems.
He’s also a Professor of Family System Theory at the College of Arts, Education, and Sciences at University of Louisiana in Monroe. He’s been teaching people how to be effective therapists as well as conducting workshops around the world and publishing extensively on how to help therapists be effective in helping people improve their marital, family, and business relationships.
Dr Ray is a Senior Research Fellow and former Director of the Mental Research Institute (MRI), and founding director of the Don D. Jackson Archive of Systemic Literature.
Author of 100+ juried journal articles and book chapters, and 10 books available in 8 languages, Dr Ray is frequently invited to teach Brief Therapy and applied system theory at forums nationally, across Europe, Asia, and Central America.
Books:
  • Paul Watzlawick – Insight may cause Blindness & other Essays, (with Giorgio Nardone), (Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, 2009)
  • Focused Problem Resolution – Selected Paperrs of the MRI Brief Therapy Center (with Richard Fisch & Karin Schlanger), (Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, 2009)
  • Don D. Jackson: Selected Essays at the Dawn of an Era; Don D. Jackson – Interactional Theory in the practice of Therapy, Selected papers Vol. II, (Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, 2009)
  • Don D. Jackson – Essays at the Dawn of an Era, Selected papers Vol.I, (Zeig, Tucker, Theisan, Ltd., 2005)
  • Evolving Brief Therapies (with Steve de Shazer), (Giest & Russell, 1999)
  • Propagations: 30 Years of influence from Mental Research Institute (with John Weakland),(The Haworth Press, Inc., 1995)
  • Resource Focused Therapy (with Bradford Keeney), (Karnac Books, 1993)
  • The Cybernetics of Prejudices in the Practice of Psychotherapy (with Gianfranco Cecchin & Gerry Lane), 1994
  • Irreverence: A Strategy for Therapists’ Survival(with Gianfranco Cecchin & Gerry Lane),(Karnac Books,1992)
  • Discovering Emotional Choices (with B. Silverman), (Nouveau Press, 1987/1991)
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