The Strategies Of Structural Family Therapy

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In our society families are the foundation of all human relationships. Therefore learning to maintain and develop healthy families are the goals of family therapist. Counselors can use the Structural Family Therapy approach in counseling hurting families. The pioneer of structural family therapy is Salvador Minuchin (Hammond & Nichols, 2008).
Structural family therapists have exemplified within the context relational therapies that uncovers stressors in relationship between individuals (Vetere, 2001). Structural family therapy has been known to be called “interventive approach” because of the “intensity” to encourage clients to change (Hammond & Nichols, 2008). Structure therapy states that psychopathology is preserved and created not through
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This is because the pattern of dysfunction creates the need for members to continually strive for a balance between autonomy and meeting their need to belong. Dr. Bitters can see the levels of disengagement and enmeshed, this is why he asked the family members to switch places allowing for the children to talk amongst themselves where they feel open and let the mom sit and listen so she feels included yet not overbearing. I believe this strategy worked and the children opened up more especially Megan who told exactly how she was feeling. This allowed for some progress to start being made with the help of Dr. …show more content…
This leadership involves responsibility for what happens. The therapist must assess the family and develop therapeutic goals based on that assessment and must intervene in ways that facilitate the transformation of the family system in the direction of those goals (Minuchin, 2005). The target of these interventions is the family. Although individuals must not be ignored, the therapist’s focus is on enhancing the operation of the family system. The family will be the matrix of the healing and growth of its members. The responsibility for reaching this state, or for failing to do so, belongs to the therapist in collaboration with the family (Minuchin, 2005). The only suggestion or modification the writer feels would be necessary is that the therapist should be culturally competent in order to form a strong bond and establish trust with the family they are working with. The writer sees this as the only way to walk the family through the process of change and to help them meet their goals and create

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