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Accommodation
A process from Structural Family Therapy by which a family therapist adjusts and modifies one's role during a clinical session to feedback received from the family system in order to achieve joining.
Alliance
A concept from family systems theory that identifies the affiliations between two or more family members, based on common interests or shared beliefs, but without the intent to keep others out
Aesthetics
As the complement of pragmatics, this term refers to a sensitivity toward holism, complexity, and the larger patterns which connect family members.
Alternative Story
A concept from Narrative Family Therapy which defines the meaning ascribed to a "lived experience" by a family member that contradicts or falls outside of a member's or family's dominant narritave.
Analogic
A from of communication, defined in systems theory, which consists of quantities, differences and analogies.
Battle for Initiative
A clinical goal, developed in Symbolic-experiential Family Therapy, to get the family to take responsiblity for what happens in the therapy process.
Battle for Structure
A clinical goal, developed in Symobilic-experiential Family therapy, to extablish the necessary ground rules or structure for therapy with a family.
Behavioral Family Therapy
A clinical model which utilized learning theory and is often integrated with resources from cognitive therapy.
Borderline Process
A clinical process which describes a cluster of symptoms associated with the Borderline Personality Disorder, but which occur, not just in a diagnosed individual, but are present and identifiable throughout several generations of a family system.
Boundaries
A concept developed in Structural Family Therapy, which identifies abstract dividers that are present between family subsystems.
Brief Family Therapy
A clinical model directed toward brief problem resolution with the goal of helping family members change their responses to specific problems.
Centripetal Family Pattern
This clinical pattern which describes a process of "binding" family members tightly and rigidly within an isolating family system.
Centrifugal Family Pattern
This clinical pattern which describes a process of "expelling" family members early and forcefully from the family system, particularly at the stage of adolescent separation.
Circular Causality
A concept from systems theory which refers to the non-linear, recursive nature of the interaction in family systems. A influences B influences C influences A.
Circular Questioning
A clinical technique, developed by the Milan group of family therapists, which describes a goal of eliciting differences in perceptions about events, problems, and/or relationships from each family member.
Closed System
A concept which describes family systems which are self-contained and often isolated by ther limited recognition and use of feedback.
Coach
A role of a family therapist, developed initailly by Murray Bowen, where one functions both as a role model for individual family members in their differentiation process and as a facilitator of family of origin exploration.
Coalition
A family dynamic which occurs when two members join together, often covertly, against a third member; sometimes referred to as a relational triangle.
Cognitive Family Therapy
A clinical model, developed initially by Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck, and often integrated with Behavioral Family Therapy, which is based on the assumption that behavior and affect follow from thinking.
Coherence
A process in family systems whereby the various components of a family fit together.
Cohesion
A concept from family systems theory that defines the emotional bonding among family members.
Collaboration
A process central to the practice of Medical Family Therapy in which health care providers, including family therapists, physicians, nurse practitiioners, and psychiatrists, work together in the care of patients.
Collaborative Language Systems
A clinical concept, developed in relation to postmodern thought and social constructionism, which emphasizes a nonhierarchical partnership between the family therapist and the family system.
Collaborative Therapy
A forerunner to the conjoint method in which spearate therapists treated different family members (usually spouses) individually.
Collusion
A process in family systems where members attribute to one another shared feelings which serve to suppport certain beliefs or protective functions of the system.
Communication
A central concept in family systems theory whereby members share meaning with each other, both verbally and non-verbally.