Family Therapy Case Study

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Running head: Critique of Family Therapy Approaches

Critique of Family Therapy Approaches William Jones
University of Phoenix
MFCT 556 Family Systems Theory
Professor Desiree DeShay-Weakley, MSW
December 18, 2008

This paper will give a brief background of Family Therapy and critique the various family systems approach. In addition, the paper will address the approaches that I will apply as a therapist. Family therapy, which is also referred to as couple or family systems therapy is type of psychotherapy that involves the complete family, children and couples in an intimate relationship of building communication. It emphasizes is on changing the interaction among family members. Family therapists are more concern with solving problems than knowing the background of the problems. The sessions are very brief and do not going into a lot background information. The overall approach is really based on away of thinking as a therapist rather than focusing on the background related to the issues from the client. Family therapy uses many different types of approaches which were addressed during our course of study which were very informative. Communication, experiential, solution focused, structural, strategic, milan, and functional family therapy are all short term therapy with solution based goals. Each one of these approaches is to get the family to focus on developing open
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The overall approach aims is to influence problematic and dysfunctional emotions, behaviors through developing goals and systematic procedures during therapy. “Behavioral therapy believes human’s behavior is learned and that people act in the ways that are reinforced.” Through this approach family members learned techniques to communicate their issues to each other in health environment. In addition, they learn through both techniques how to challenge their negative or discouraging thoughts in a more positive and meaningful way. CBT is one of the most recognized and effective forms of treatment. The only draw back to this approach would be families have to be willing to do the work, ready to change and participate in the process of …show more content…
At DJJ I am surrounded with young boys who have committed crimes of rape, murder, selling drugs and gang violence. Many of them come from broken homes, single family households, suffer from abandonment issues, and diagnose with ADHD and Conduct disorder. CBT allows me the tools to teach the youth to redirect their anger and equip them with the necessary skills to learn problems solving techniques. Experiential, Feminist, Narrative and Transgenerational therapy are additional approach to therapy which can be utilized during family counseling. The next approach that I found most beneficial was Solution Focused therapy. “It is a brief, pragmatic treatment that integrates a problem focus with a social constructionist perspective.” It is a talking therapy that is based upon what the clients wants to achieve through therapy rather than on the problem. The focus is not on the past, but instead, focuses on the present and future. The goals are establish at the beginning of the sessions and they are realistic and achievable. In conclusion, family system theory allowed me the opportunity to learn about different approaches to therapy which will assistant me in developing my on theory of practice. The information and knowledge I gain from this course will be most beneficial to my future as a

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