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An early concept in family theory and utilized in marital therapy which desribes the manner in which each partner complements, fulfills, or is expected to fulfill, the unconscious nees and role expectations of the other partner.
Concurrent Therapy
An early treatment method whereby marital therapsts attempted to preserve traditional concerns of confidentiality and transference by treating each spouse sparately in individual sessions rather then conjointly.
A professional concept that refers to the ethical obligation of a therapist to protect client information, identity, and privacy.
Conflict Induction
A clinical technique from Structural Family Therapy whereby a family's conflict-avoiding mechanisms are blocked by the family therapist and conflict-arousing issues are introduced to the system.
Conjoint Family Therapy
This historically defined clinical model, perhaps the earliest definition of family systems therapy, broke the traditions of psychotherapy when it advocated that a single therapist could effectively treat a marriage by seeing both spouses together in the same session.
Constitutionalist Perspective
A concept from Narrative Family Therapy in which the meaning ascribed to one's "lived experiences" is authored (constituted) through dominant narratives and alternative stories.
A concept from systems theory and epistemology which asserts that reality is created through the process of interacting with one's environment rather than by discovery.
Contextural Family Therapy
A clinical model, developed by Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy, which suggests that family behavior is strongly ifluenced by "invisible," intergenerational loyalties, or bonds across generations.
A clinical concept, originated by the Milan family therapy group, which refers to changing the paradoxical nature of a family in which symptomatic behavior actually maintains the homeostatic and often dysfuctional tendencies in a system.
A concept in psychotherapy which defines personal or "distored" feelings which may develop in the therapist toward their client.
Cultural Sensitivity
A clinical concern which refers to the intergration of clutural perspectives in the work of family therapists.
An area of study from systems theory, originally defined by Norbert Weiner as the science of communication and control.
A term from Narrative Family Therapy which describes a procedure to "subvert" the "taken for granted" realities that often "oppress" family members.
Definitional Ceremony
A clinical intervention from Narrative Family therapy which involves three stages: 1) "tellings," 2) "retellings of the telling," and 3) "retellings of the retellings."
A process in family systems whereby a family member, often a child, is prescribed a particular role or mission, usually directed by the parents or from intergenerational sources.
A clinical technique, developed by Murray Bowen, which involves the gradual separation of one or more family members from a dysfunctional triangular relationship.
Deviation Amplification
An early cybernetic term which described the process in a system where uncorrected positive feedback produced an escalation of symptoms.
Differentiation of Self
A concept from Family of Origin Therapy which defines a family member's ability to funciton autonomously in the context of being emotionally connected to other members.
A concept that describes a form of communication which utilizes arbitrary signs which "stand for" something in a one-to-one relationshp.
Disengaging Family Systems
A pattern or typology which identifies a family system where there are present strong and impenetrable internal boundaries (i.e., between individuals and /or subsystems) while there may be more diffuse external boundaries around the system.
Divorce Mediation
A clinical model, which may be perfomed by a trained therapist, attorney, or conflict resolution specialist, that offers divorcing families an alternative to the traditional legal adversarial process.
Divorce Therapy
A stage of intervention or clinical services, rather than a formal model or technique, with the goal of working with divorcing families to assist them in dealing with concerns such as detaching from the relationship, etc.
Dominant Narrative
A concept from Narrative Family Therapy which identifies the beliefs, values, practices, and normative standards of a society's dominant culture.
An early concept in family systems which defined a process whereby a specific message was stated but also contradicted simultaneously by a second mutally exclusive message.
Ecosystemic Approach
A theoretical model which encourages family therapists to identify broader systems that influence the family: e.g., gender, culture, religion, health systems, neighborhoods.
Elicitation Approach
A clinical intervention used in marital therapy in which a couple's sexual behaviors (including the style and content included, and excluded in their repertoire) become a window from which the therapist can understand the partners' individual and realtional functioning.
Emotional Cutoff
A concept, developed by Murray Bowen, which identifies a patterns of dramatic emotional (and often geographical) separation between an individual and one's family of origin.