Structural Family Case Study

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A structural family therapist would focus on the family system when working with Hernandez family. Their family subsystem is considered as conflictually enmeshed relationship between parents and children, and having the close relationship between primary couple. AF has enmeshed relationship with her entire family as well. The structural therapist would more focus on how the quality of relationship affects power structure. Hierarchy is one of the most important considerations for working with the family and in this case, AF is the one who is more involved with children’s lives and problematic, while AM is less involved with them. Hierarchy between AF and children is effective, while AM is more insufficient and mostly follow AF’s direction. The …show more content…
CM has been trying to make AM to get involved to the argument and has his own idea about the conversation. It seems that CM and CF have formed a coalition by not telling what is going on in their lives against AF since she shares the details of their lives with her extended family. The therapist would encourage more enactment in order to help them to talk to each other directly without any interruptions. Practicing listening skills could be very helpful for this family as well. These enactments would help the therapist to modify the hypothesis about the existing structure in the family. For instance, the therapist may ask AM to describe his feeling when he saw her in the Stanford hospital. By watching CF reactions to AM’s feelings, the therapist would have an additional insight to the existing family structure in which most problems raised. Also the therapist looks into the interactions between family members sitting in the room such as noticing who sit close to whom, in this case, AF and AM sit close to each other, while children sit together and just talk to each …show more content…
The parents’ subsystem will hold the most power in the family hierarchy, which in this case, they have it. The children’s boundaries with each other will be clear. Also the boundaries between parents and children will be clear. However, the therapist would focus on system change only as much as any aspect of the system did not adapt to family life cycle changes. Structural family therapist would use various interventions to work with this family. For instance, for unbalancing the current structure, the therapist will utilize enactment between AM and CF in front of CM in order to block enmeshed behavior between CM and CF. based on Structural family therapy, the therapist should be aware of the client’s boundary between the self and other. They work to create change in their clients’ boundaries with others. In Hernandez family, they need to reframe their boundaries with each other in order to communicate with each other with lesser

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