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Running head: Assignment 1: Structural Versus Strategic Family Therapy1Structural Versus Strategic Family TherapiesSharon TomlinsonNURS 6650: Group and Family TherapyDr. Melanie ParksWalden UniversityDecember 23, 2018
Structural Versus Strategic Family TherapiesStructural Family Therapy was introduced in1960 by Salvador Minuchin as a therapy option for juvenile delinquent boys in New York instead of practicing the routine talk therapy approach., (McAdams, et. al, 2017). Structural Family Therapy has since expanded and is now used as a clinical intervention to reveal the dysfunction in families and restructure the family network. The clinical interventions of Strategic Family Therapy are to diagnose the dysfunction in family hierarchies and reorganize the family structure by helping family members change the way interact and behave. Both Structural Family Therapy and Strategic Family Therapy were originally used to help younger family members who were suffering from drugs addiction and they are now commonly used to treat the family system as well. The purpose of this paper is to examine the similarities and the differences of Structural and Strategic Family Therapy and how they are used to treat family dysfunction. Key Points of Strategic Family TherapyCommunication Therapy was once considered the best approach to helping families find solutions to their problems. There are three axioms in the Strategic Family Therapy model. The first is human communication which influences our behavior but in some cases it canlead to dysfunctional interactions, (Nichols,2013). Changing behavior by helping clients learn new problem-solving strategies and paradoxical techniques is one approach. The second is to change the rule-governed systems within the family that causes problematic behaviors. The final

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Term
Winter
Professor
Walden Univeristy
Tags
Family therapy, Structural Family Therapy, strategic family therapy, Structural Versus Strategic Family Therapies

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