Goals Of Structural Family Therapy

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Register to read the introduction… The model focuses on structural changes as the main goal of therapy (Colapinto, as cited in Home, 2000). It is a way of thinking and operating in three different areas: the family, the presenting problem, and the process of change (Home, 2000). The family is viewed as being an open system that is not only impacted by the family members but also by the environment that surrounds the family. The family is also a living system that suggests stages of development and change. Change and homeostasis are often challenged within the family. Some families fail to change with the changing environment of the family. Therefore, family balance, or homeostasis, is not achieved or maintained and the family experiences problems. The therapists’ job while using SFT is to determine whether the problem concerns some family members more than others. It is important to achieve this goal by identifying the position of the problem, the function of the problem, and finally the family’s perception of the …show more content…
Identifying how the family structure is working, how the family is working together, and to establish interventions to address those problems are all to be evaluated during this particular model; this is the overall goal. The basic goal of SFT is the restructuralization of the family’s system of transactional rules, such that the family becomes more flexible, with an expanded availability of alternative ways of dealing with each other. By releasing family members from their stereotyped positions and functions, this restructuralization enables the system to mobilize its underutilized resources and to improve its ability to cope with stress and conflict. Once the constricting set of rules is outgrown, individual dysfunctional "behaviors, including those described as the presenting problem, lose their support in the system and become unnecessary from the point of view of homeostasis." When the family achieves self-sufficiency in sustaining these changes without the challenging support of the therapist, therapy comes to an end (Colapinto, as cited in Horne,

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