Family Life Cycle Essay

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Nov 10- Family life cycle
This class taught the importance of family cycle and therapy and how warring issues have to be treated straightaway especially when it involves kids.
Awareness of one family cycle helps to prevent certain “unwanted” problems which could break up the home (in the case of a family). It also helps to prevent disease and emotional or stress-related disorders. I agree to Prof. Martin’s argument that some cultures look after each other from birth to old age as this impact on their health and emotional stability. I think connectedness and sense of belonging in societies fosters individual as well as social wellbeing.
One question was unclear to me; how does healing in family therapy involve compromise? And if couples/family
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Her views about humanity and healing are quiet fascinating.
However I didn’t understand how healing happens through experiencing and increasing congruence
According to the guest speaker, every client is adaptive to positive growth, hence life is positive.
Can a family reach a state of utopia (perfection) that Satir envisage through family therapy?
Nov 24- Minuchin structural family therapy
I really enjoyed Minuchin’s theory on therapy. One needs to understand the structure of the family before therapy can begin in full effect. For example one needs to understand the family hierarchy and whether the family members are pleased with it or not before therapy can begin. Also one should have it at the back of mind that family hierarchy varies and stems from families of origin. I’ll argue against conceptualization of structures of families as invisible set of rules/norms. I think the day to day activities of many families is embedded in their structure, in the sense that their identity is defined by these activities which is visible.
This course contributed immensely to my knowledge on family system theories and its dynamics. Through this course I made connections between micro reasons for instigation of conflicts (families and individuals as major players) to the macro reasons for conflicts (state and non-state actors as major players) looking at it from a bottom-top approach. It is essential to understand family system theories as this could be used to envisage the behaviours of individuals and the society at

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