Family Therapy And Its Effects On An Adolescent 's Mental Health

942 Words Dec 16th, 2016 4 Pages
Families can have a significant influence on an adolescent’s mental health. Family Therapy such as Structural Family Therapy (SFT) is a treatment modality that can be used alone or in combination with other treatment modalities (Walsh, 2015, p. 202). In fact, this approach to intervention has much in common with cognitive and behavioral theories, however; SFT emphasizes the family system and changing its organization. Thus, changing the organization of the foster family leads to change in Tracey. The systems perspectives view the family as a self-regulating system held together by unspoken rules (CLASS). What is also important when utilizing this modality is the family’s ability to adapt ad change over time. For example, learning to connect with new foster children’s cultural identities and relationship preferences. Tracey’s psychological symptoms, under this intervention perspective, is viewed as indications of a dysfunctional family. Thus, in this family therapy sessions, the focus of treatment is Tracey’s foster family system and biologically parents (only according to Tracey’s readiness to explore that) and not the problem or symptomatic family member (Tracey). When conducting the assessment with SFT modality the social worker needs to form a new system with the family group (video from class) (foster family plus therapist system). To do this, the therapist must employ techniques of accommodations and joining, not siding. Through accommodation, the social worker…

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