WK 4 ASSGN 1 (Structural Versus Strategic Family Therapies).docx

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Running head: FAMILY THERAPYStructural and Strategic Family TherapyWalden UniversityNURS 6650Dr. Justin WhiteJune 23, 2019
2FAMILY THERAPYStructural and Strategic Family TherapyAccording to Wheeler (2014), in order to become proficient providing families with therapy, a provider must become involved in extensive training that reaches far beyond the education provided by a regular preparation program. The real training for the APRN begins withexperience and advanced training programs. Family therapy utilizes a combination of approaches, many having their own set of concepts and interventions. Family therapy is designedto explore an individual’s issues in the context of a system. It has been thought that problems andthe need for change are a direct result of family dysfunction. When problems affect more than one person in a household, family therapy is a valuable intervention. Structural and strategic family therapy provide essential guidelines for family therapies and are critical therapies used to help provide symptom relief in dysfunctional families (Wheeler, 2014). The purpose of this assignment is to summarize the key points of both structural family therapy and strategic family therapy. This report will compare structural family therapy to strategic family therapy, noting the strengths and weaknesses of each. An example of a family using a structural family map is provided. Finally, a recommendation of a specific therapy for thefamily is presented.Structural Family TherapyAccording to Wheeler (2014), the major ideas concerning the structural family therapy method incorporates the family structure, subsystems, boundaries, enmeshed family, disengaged family coalition, and parentification. Family structure is an implied set of rules that affect how members relate to one another. Subsystems are family members that have specific roles and are separated by demographics. Boundaries are emotional barriers that allow members a sense of individuality. In an enmeshed family, members express a large variety of highly emotional
3FAMILY THERAPYoutput. The interactions are intense and personal independence is compromised. In a disengaged family unit, members are independent, with an elevated autonomy resulting in disconnection.

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