The Structural Family Therapy Theory: Family Case Application

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Register to read the introduction… Ryan, Conti, and Simon (2013) state a therapist’s presupposition, or epistemic commitment, and therapist’s values have to be compatible with the theory used. The presuppositions can be either individualistic or collectivist values. Ryan, et al. (2013) state there are poorer outcomes if the therapist’s presuppositions are different from the theory being used, but does not mention possible incongruences being ineffective. With this being said, Structural Family therapy is a collectivist approach and this student comes from an individualistic society, which affects his values. Nevertheless, this student has knowledge of collectivist values, but less knowledge than individualistic values. Gehart (2014) negates this reasoning by saying a therapist should use a theory should adhere to the client and not necessarily the therapists (ch 1). This student agrees with Gehart’s reasoning and thinks structural theory is a good fit with the family because of their collectivist values. This student would hope to understand the collectivist attitude well enough to be able to use Structural Family Therapy. On the other hand, this student would also be able to identify with the families individualistic values because of his individualistic values. The individualistic similarities would help be conducive to the family and therapist’s therapeutic …show more content…
Boundaries, hierarchies, and subsystems are the main concepts within this theory. Boundaries can be clear, enmeshed, or disengaged. Hierarchies can be effective, insufficient, or excessive. Subsystems are a combination of any two or more people. Concepts of Samantha’s and Eric’s family were described using Structure Family Therapy. A brief description of Samantha’s parents and Eric’s parents were mentioned. There were descriptions of Eric’s and Samantha’s relationships with Samantha’s children living at home. Samantha’s relationship with Susan and her father was also described. Structural Family Therapy’s main concepts were described with Eric, Samantha, the children, and Susan’s father. Eric’s chronic back pain is addressed in this paper. Eric’s back pain needs to be defined within the family. Hierarchies, boundaries, and resources might be discussed if therapy were to occur. Enactments would be used with most of the family problems. The families collectivist mentality is a reason for this student’s pick of this theory. The family’s collectivist culture outweighed this student’s individualistic presupposition. In addition, Individualistic similarities between this student and the family may help strengthen the therapeutic process. Nevertheless the family’s needs outweighed this student’s presupposition. The advantage of the main concepts of boundaries, hierarchies, and

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