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Strategic Family Therapy

The Strategic Family Therapy Center carries forward the work of Jay Haley, MRI’s first Research Director, one of its founders and a pioneer in family therapy.


Brief Therapy

The Brief Therapy Center has been in existence since 1966 and offers solutions to an array of different problems since then.


MRI is approved to provide continuing education credits for MFT’s and/or LCSW’s and approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education credits for Psychologists.


More than 60 research projects have been completed at MRI since its founding in 1959.

The Mental Research Institute

Since 1959, The Mental Research Institute of Palo Alto, California, has been one of the leading sources of ideas in the area of interactional/systemic studies, psychotherapy, and family therapy.

We presented an innovative model for the comprehensive approach to brief therapy, a model which, in turn, has influenced subsequent brief therapy approaches throughout the world. Continuing applied research and theory development have expanded the use of interactional concepts to community, school and business. Thousands of professionals within the U.S. as well as from many countries of the world have attended MRI training programs. The focus of MRI is to explore and to encourage the use of an interactional approach to further understand and more effectively resolve human problems from the family to all other levels of social organization. Read More



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