From the onset, it would be prudent note that the family systems theory serves as a basis upon which diverse family therapy forms are founded. It therefore follows that examples of family therapy forms are inclusive of; structural therapy, strategic therapy, and intergenerational therapy. This text concerns itself with two forms of family therapy, i.e. structural therapy and strategic therapy. In so doing, it will not only highlight how they differ, but also the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. Further using a structural family map, an example of a family in my practicum will be provided and the most appropriate therapy for the said family recommended.
According to Jimenez, Hidalgo, Baena, Leon, and Lorence (2019), in systemic family intervention, structural family therapy - which was originally formulated by Minuchin - happens to be a rather dominant approach. In the words of the authors, this particular approach focuses “on achieving a healthy hierarchical family organization, where there are different subsystems with their limits and boundaries” (Jimenez, Hidalgo, Baena, Leon, and Lorence, 2019, p. 125). Thus, the main concern on this front happens to be the patterns, behaviors, as well as relationships within families and how they are portrayed within therapeutic sessions. Such an understanding comes in handy in attempts to not only come up with a family structure, but also conduct an evaluation of a family. It should also be noted that as Shueman and Wolman (2012) point out, the family structure does have subsystems. Subsystems in this case could be inclusive of, but they are not limited to, sibling or parental subsystems. In seeking to examine the said subsystems, a therapist could apply a wide range of activities – with one example being role play in session. On the other hand, when it comes to strategic therapy (which was developed by, amongst others, Cloe Madanes, Milton Erickson, and Jay Haley), the focus is on what Winek (2009) refers to as the examination of “family processes and functions, such as communication or problem-solving patterns, by evaluating family behavior outside the therapy session” (p. 97). Towards this end, according to the authors, some of the therapeutic techniques that could be deployed on this front are inclusive of problem scenario redefinition or reframing. Further, the authors also observe that in seeking to come up with desired change, paradoxical interventions could also be deployed.
Each of the…his sisters more and gives them his undivided attention. John’s grades at school have been on the decline. His teachers point out that he likes to keep to himself while in school. John is a member of a children’s choir in the church the family attends. John’s father says john does not respect him and has in the past told him, to his face, that he is not his real dad.
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I would recommend the structural family therapy in this case. This is because the approach would largely focus on an evaluation of the family structure and examine key patters, behaviors, as well as relationships within the family. In my opinion, this would offer the best opportunity ensure that dysfunctional relationships within this particular family are disrupted.
The text above demonstrates that family systems theory is a basis for various therapy approaches. It would be prudent to note that each of the approaches highlighted in this text has its own unique weaknesses and strengths. Towards…
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